June 1, 2017
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
This is an absolutely charming story for young readers and a beautiful gentle lead in to the idea of memories, keepsakes and family story telling. When a special little girl needs a very specific button to repair a much loved teddy, Nanna’s button tin is the perfect place in which to search. As Nanna and the little one spread out the buttons and examine each carefully, they share the stories of the origin of each.
Such seemingly prosaic objects become a focus of special remembrances and happy loving thoughts. Finally exactly the right button is found and Teddy has a special operation to restore him to perfect health.
The illustrations in soft pastels with fabulous use of white space provide a soothing and peaceful feel to the story which will be felt by those who read it.
I wonder how many children have the joy of this special activity these days. I do hope some have grannies and great-grannies that keep those special buttons and are able to tell the old stories about them.
Highly recommended for little readers from around five years upwards.