The Memory String by Eve Bunting

The Memory String

Written by Eve Bunting
Illustrated by


The Memory String by Eve Bunting

Each button on Laura's memory string represents a piece of her family history. The buttons Laura cherishes the most belonged to her mother - a button from her prom dress, a white one off her wedding dress, and a single small button from the nightgown she was wearing on the day she died. When the string breaks, Laura's new stepmother, Jane, is there to comfort Laura and search for a missing button, just as Laura's mother would have done. But it's not the same - Jane isn't Mom. In Eve Bunting's moving story, beautifully illustrated by Ted Rand, Laura discovers that a memory string is not just for remembering the past: it's also for recording new memories.


Bunting has found an original way to tell an old story about making room for new memories. Kirkus Reviews the story offers a hopeful beginning and invites readers to think about ways to remember family history School Library Journal

The balanced with tenderness, and Rand's realistic artwork concentrates on the faces of the family and the emotions that cross them. Booklist, ALA

About the Author

Eve Bunting

Eve Bunting lives in Pasadena, California. She is the author of many books for children published by Egmont and HarperCollins. Litte Bear's Little Boat is her first book for Bloomsbury.

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40 pages


Eve Bunting
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Publication date

21st September 2015



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