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The first two pages of this book are almost exciting. A boy narrator states he likes the contents of a special box at his grandmother's house. Turn the page and there is a box of buttons--no words--just buttons. Unfortunately, it's all downhill from there. The boy describes various buttons, telling what he imagines and knows about them--that some came from shoes or from his grandfather's pants. A brief history of buttons appears in the back. A story about buttons just isn't much of a story, and the grocery-store quality illustrations in dull, lifeless watercolors without detail or depth don't help. Even the layout is sloppy. --Denise Krell, New York Public Library
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; 1st edition (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140554955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140554953
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This simple little book will provide hours of entertainment to any child who has a mom or grandmother with a botton collection. As children, my sister and I would spend countless hours sorting my mothers botton collection. Believe it or not - buttons are fun! This book is the perfect compliment to any botton collection.
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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.
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I am a First grade teacher and this book compliments my Math series at school beautifully! I am currently using the "Investigations" program in Math, and this book really allows for the children to see the different kinds of buttons and how the little boy sorts them. This book is a good introduction to any lesson about sorting!
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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.
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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.
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My second grade class enjoyed hearing the story and then sorting my button box, which is actually a drawer of buttons, both old and new.
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This book is a must for every grandmother with a button box.
Colorful pages and pictures of all my favorite buttons.
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Brought back a lot of memories. Can't help but love this adorable book. Such a memory maker. Love it so much.
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