The Memory String   -     By: Eve Bunting
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The Memory String

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2000 / Hardcover

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Each button on Laura's memory string represents a piece of her family's history. The buttons Laura cherishes the most are the ones that belonged to her mother--a button from her prom dress, the pretty white one off her wedding dress, and, most precious of all, a single button from the nightgown she was wearing the day she died. When the string breaks, Laura's new stepmother is there to console her and search for a missing button, just as Mom would have done. But it's not the same--Jane isn't Mom. Laura can't hold that against Jane forever, though. And isn't a memory string for recording new memories too? Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2000
ISBN: 0395861462
ISBN-13: 9780395861462
Ages: 4-8

Publisher's Description

Each button on Laura’s memory string represents a piece of her family history. The buttons Laura cherishes the most belonged to her mother—a button from her prom dress, a white one off her wedding dress, and a single small button from the nightgown she was wearing on the day she died. When the string breaks, Laura’s new stepmother, Jane, is there to comfort Laura and search for a missing button, just as Laura’s mother would have done. But it’s not the same—Jane isn’t Mom. In Eve Bunting’s moving story, beautifully illustrated by Ted Rand, Laura discovers that a memory string is not just for remembering the past: it’s also for recording new memories.

Author Bio

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

The late TED RAND was the esteemed illustrator of many picture books, including Eve Bunting's Secret Place and The Memory String.

Editorial Reviews

Bunting has found an original way to tell an old story about making room for new memories.
Kirkus Reviews

"the story offers a hopeful beginning and invites readers to think about ways to remember family history" School Library Journal

"The earnestness...is balanced with tenderness, and Rand's realistic artwork concentrates on the faces of the family and the emotions that cross them." Booklist, ALA

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