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The Memory String

by Eve Bunting

Other authors: Ted Rand (Illustrator)

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Summary: Laura sat in her front yard with her cat Whiskers looking at her string of buttons. These buttons were very important to her have been passed down along her family on her mother's side. Her mother died three years ago and this was the most important piece left to Laura that included memories of her mother. Whiskers destrung her string though and Jane, her stepmom, and her dad looked through the yard for every bead for Laura. They could not find one bead though. When Laura was supposed to be asleep she heard Jane awake on the porch with her dad and she suggested they find the last bead for Laura. Laura found the last bead the next morning on the porch.

Evaluation/Argument: I think this a very sweet and loving story illustrating Laura's struggle to accept her new stepmom while struggling with the death of her mom. The author did a great job of depicting Laura's emotion through the day. Laura has a very healthy way of dealing with her Mom's death in order for her to continue on with life. For example, Laura uses the memory string to think about the good times that she had with her mom before she died. She is able to recount the memories that they had together and cherish the times that they had. Even though Laura has a difficult time accepting her new mom Jane, she slowly sees that Jane understands this challenge as well. Readers will be able to relate to this experience if they step parents as well. The author did a wonderful job of illustrating the evolving bond between Jane and Laura.
The central message of this story is to accept people and allow them to enter your life in any way possible. Laura learned to accept Jane. She learned to allow Jane into her life with her father. She knew though that Jane could not replace her mother, but that she would do the best she could to fill in for her. The author also wants readers to realize that they need to treasure they have with loved ones while they are given the opportunity. ( )
  mwade4 | Oct 26, 2014 |
Laura has a memory string that has been passed down from her mother. The ones that Laura cherish the most are the ones from her mother, because of the memories she has before she passed. One day its breaks as she is explaining each memory with her cat. Laura’s new step mom is there to hold her and help her find it. Laura thinks it is nice and all but it’s still not her mother. After seeing how hard her step mom tried by helping her find the missing piece, she realized that the memory string is for recording new memories too. This is a great story to read to children that are having issues accepting a step mom or dad. ( )
  kfisher524 | Oct 2, 2014 |
Summary: "The Memory String" tells the story of a young girl, Laura, who lost her mother years earlier and is now living with her father and stepmother. Laura keeps a "memory string" that was passed down in her family to her mother then to her. The memory string is full of buttons from special outfits that a family member had wore, such as, her mother's prom dress and her dad's military uniform. However, one day she was explaining the string and each button to her cat when her cat broke the string and all the buttons fell into the grass. Laura's father and stepmother helped her find all the buttons but her father's button from his military uniform. That night, Laura heard her stepmother tell her father that replacing the missing button with a replacement was not right and she felt like her stepmother understood her. Laura's father and stepmother ended up finding the button and the next day, she made a step to opening up to her stepmother by asking her to help string the buttons together.

Review: In my opinion, the central message of this book is that when you lose someone, a new person will not become a substitute but rather another addition to your life. In the story, Laura did not accept her stepmother because she married her dad and she missed her mom. However, once she heard how her stepmother knew that the missing button is better off missing than replacing it with another, she felt like her stepmother understood the situation with her losing her mother. After this, she realized that her stepmother is not a replacement for her mother which allowed her to accept her stepmother. Also, I liked how the missing button served as a metaphor for her losing her mother. ( )
  rjones34 | Sep 16, 2014 |
On a string are buttons from her mothers clothing who passed away. The little girl wears it as a necklace to remember her mother.
  cabram90 | Jun 24, 2014 |
Each button on the memory string represents a piece of her family history
5+
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  LindseyGreenlaw | Mar 22, 2014 |
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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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