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The Memory String

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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"[Jane] finds the lost item with a flashlight and she puts it on the porch where Laura can see it without being offended by the finder. However, in the morning the child has had a change of heart and asks Jane's help in restringing the beads. Rand's oversized, light-dappled watercolor pictures show the love and loyalty between the father and his new wife and their love for the prickly and still-grieving Laura. Bunting trusts readers to interpret behavior and understand complex emotions without her having to provide a moral or dramatic ending. Instead, the story offers a hopeful beginning and invites readers to think about ways to remember family history-including making one's own button memory string." — Susan Hepler, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Eve Bunting
Illustrator Ted Rand
ISBN 0395861462
Publication Date Aug 21, 2000
Publisher Clarion Books
Language English