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The Memory String by Eve Bunting

The Memory String

by Eve Bunting

Other authors: Ted Rand (Illustrator)

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Each button on the memory string represents a piece of her family history
  LindseyGreenlaw | Mar 22, 2014 |
Laura has a necklace of buttons that are from important pieces of her past. Her mother had started the necklace with her before she died. One day while she is outside, her necklace breaks and she finds all the beads except the one from her dads uniform from when he came home from deployment. Jane, Laura's new stepmom, tries to comfort her but Laura doesn't receive her comfort well because she feels like Jane is trying to replace her mom. One night, while Laura is in bed, she hears Jane and her dad outside. Jane talks about how she knows she can never replace Laura's mom and also finds Laura's button outside. The books ends with Laura having a new appreciation and respect for Jane, and adding a button for Jane to her necklace. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
(Pierce College Fort Steilacoom library)
  EmilyDean | Feb 10, 2014 |
Laura's mother dies three years ago. Instead of writing in a journal she saved a button from each of the pieces of clothing that were worn at important moments. One day Laura is playing with it, by her dog. He gets caught on it and all the beads and buttons scatter it. Jane, her step mother, her dad and her look for them. They find them all except one, which Jane finds that night. Laura warms to Jane.
Ages: 3-8
Source: Pierce College Library
  RachelHollingsworth | Feb 1, 2014 |
This book is really unique and I really liked it. It tells of a girl who saved buttons from her mom's clothes and made a necklace out of them. I think it'd be really fun to do an activity with students after reading this book! ( )
  TBegum1 | Nov 27, 2013 |
Laura preserves memories of her mother( who has passed away) with a string of buttons all saved from garments during important events. She uses this to remind her of her mom and to make her step mother Jane feel awkward, but when the string is accidentally broken, she turns to Jane to help her construct a new one.
  CIERRAMOORE | Oct 30, 2013 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:27:14 -0400)

While still grieving for her mother and unable to accept her stepmother, a girl clings to the memories represented by forty-three buttons on a string.

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