on April 11, 2005
I use this book for Kindergarten story time and, as always, try to find a way to help them see a relationship between the story and their lives. Sorting by colors and sizes is something they enjoy, and they are thrilled when I bring out a REAL button box for them to poke through. The artwork in this book is well done and shows the wide variety of buttons students might see; I thought having Girl Scout uniform buttons was a nice touch. "Cute as a button" (which I print on bookmarks for them) is a phrase we hear often over then next few months, and everytime someone finds a button they bring it straight to me. This book is an excellent reminder to students about finding joy in everyday things.
P.S. I also set out Taback's "Joseph Had A Little Overcoat" which has buttons on the back cover.
on June 22, 2005
I use this book for grades 3-5, reading the story first, then showing them my button collection. Each child chooses a button and writes a story. It is amazing to me how a small button can "spark" a story but it works! And I give this book a lot of credit for creating enthusiasm for doing so.
on September 26, 2014
I felt the need to post a review of this book after noticing the terribly negative editorial review posted by Amazon. I don't know if Denise Krell of the New York Public Library is always this gloomy about children's books, but this one certainly deserves more credit than it received!
"A story about buttons isn't much of a story at all"? Actually, this book quite sweetly describes the experience of digging through a button box to pick out "treasures". There's nothing sloppy about the layout, and the illustrations lend themselves to counting, picking favorites, and so on.
Perhaps it is the misguided age range (5-8 years) that soured the librarian on the story. While some older readers might enjoy it, it is better suited to the preschool and kindergarten set - kids who like a good bit of discussion in the midst of their stories.
This simple little book isn't one of the all time greats, but it is enjoyable. Sure, it would be nice to see a modern take with crisp, clear photos or glorious illustrations by an ingenious children's book artist like Ruth Heller, Bill Thomson, or Sylvia Long - but this book does an admirable job of presenting a relatable, everyday experience in a way that rings true. It is a lovely book for sharing one-on-one with a child, or with a group with the promise of sorting buttons of their own afterwards.
on January 9, 2014
My kids loved this book because it's JUST like their Grann's button box that she's had since I was a little girl. It has drawings of all different kinds of buttons, and sparks kids' ideas on ways to play with buttons. My kids raced this book over to Grann's house, read it together, then played for an hour with all of her buttons. A simple and solidly good book for all of you who like sewing or have fond memories of moms/grandmas who sewed.