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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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In my opinion, this is a good book because it connects to the reader’s emotions. Laura cherishes a string of buttons because each button holds a piece of her family history. However, when her cat gets ahold of this string, the buttons become lost and scattered around the yard outside. With the help of her father and new step-mother, who eve is not fond of for replacing her mother, she find all but the button on her father’s old uniform. It’s her stepmother Jane who continuously searches and finds the button for Laura though which helps Laura begin to accept Jane. Readers can connect through the experience of losing a prized possession and how it made them feel, such as upset and worried that item would not be found just like Laura did. Readers can also connect to experiencing change in their lives and the emotions involved. Laura did not want to accept Jane as her stepmother because she believed Jane could never replace her real mother. The reader does not have to go through the same situation to connect to Laura. This connection can be made through an experience with change, such as moving and leaving old friends behind to starting a new job. Just because something new is occurring in life doesn’t mean the past has to be forgotten. ( )
  kkamin5 | Mar 20, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this book for several reasons. First, I really liked how the book had the main character going through a tough situation. The main character, Laura, had lost her mother at a young age and is still grieving. Her dad remarried and Laura has feelings of animosity towards her stepmother, Jane. The readers see Laura change and mature throughout the story. Laura begins to realize that she has been very hard on Jane and that Jane understands that this situation is hard for Laura. Laura came to realize this when she overheard Jane say, “Laura would rather have that button missing than have a replacement. It’s like a mother, no substitute allowed.” This story presents several valuable messages to children. First, that it is important to appreciate all the time you have with your loved ones. Also, that it is important to try and accept new people into your life. I also really liked how relatable this story is. The readers can really connect with this story if they have a stepparent or if they have lost a loved one. I also really enjoyed the illustrations. They were life like and colorful. You could easily tell how the characters were feeling not only by the descriptive writing, but by how detailed the characters’ facial expressions were in the illustrations. ( )
  LBundi1 | Nov 8, 2015 |
This was a very well written story. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
A little girl has trouble accepting her father's new wife after her mother has died. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
This is a great realistic fiction story about a young girl who is coping with her mother's death and struggling to accept her new family. The story is told from the third person point of view and the characters and plot are relatable and realistic. I would recommend this book to any person or child struggling to accept new changes in life and how creating new memories are equally as important as preserving old ones.
  mtrail3 | Apr 25, 2015 |
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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.

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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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