The Children's Book Compass

New Polacco Book

Posted on: November 3, 2011

Bun Bun Button by Patricia Polacco.  (2011). Pages not numbered.  Putnam.  Grades P-3.  Picture Book.

Gather your favorite children close by and read aloud Polacco’s newest treasure.  It starts:

“Paige Elizabeth Darling adored her Gramma.  When Paige visited—which was often—Gramma let Paige help bake soft sand cookies, make the beds and feed the kitties and the dogs.

And when Paige was done, she and Gramma would climb into the Old Blue Chair which they loved and cuddle and read.”

Gramma makes Paige a bunny to cuddle and love.  Of course, that’s when the drama occurs.  The bunny, Bun Bun Button, is lost.  How he returns to Paige makes a warm and loving story.  As usual, Polacco’s colorful, action packed illustrations fill the pages.  The details in the drawings add to our understanding of the characters.  Gramma wears hiking boots, the cats and dogs cavort across the pages.  Even the gold fish jumps and peers from his bowl to join in the fun.  The book is especially notable because of the cherished relationship between Gramma and granddaughter.

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