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The Button Box Paperback – May 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; 1st edition (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140554955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140554953
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1998
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. McManus on April 11, 2005
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Ament on January 25, 2004
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Spencer on June 22, 2005
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine on June 20, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Slade on May 5, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corinne Lewis on March 6, 2013
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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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