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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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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 |
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 |
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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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