Putnam Juvenile, October, 2011
Suitable for: Ages 3+
Themes/Topics: Special Toys/Objects, Loss, Grandparents, Multigenerational
Opening/Synopsis: From Publishers Weekly: After Gramma makes Paige a calico bunny that the girl christens Bun Bun Button, Paige ties it to a helium balloon and it flies away. Her grandmother consoles her with the idea that the wind might blow it back (“We Darlings are lucky, after all”). Although Bun Bun’s homecoming strains credulity, Polacco isn’t overly concerned with reality—this is, after all, a world in which Gramma’s pets stand up on hind legs and dance in unison to celebrate the stuffed animal’s return. Rather, Polacco offers a cozy ode to the inherent magic in a visit with a grandparent.
Activities: Here is another spot-on and lovely review of Bun Bun Button. One great activity for this book would be to do sewing crafts with the kiddos to make a stuffed bunny. Or, if like me, you absolutely do not sew, here is a super easy way to make a stuffed bunny from plastic grocery bags!
Why I Like This Book: Every once in a while you serendipitously come across a book that speaks to your heart in a special way. That’s Bun Bun Button for me. My nickname for my son is Bun Bun (or sometimes just ‘Bun’). He got the nickname because from the age of 5 months old he has been in love with a very special – you guessed it – toy bunny. The first time we read this story about a little girl losing her precious bunny, I looked at my son and noticed he was holding his breath. It was “love at first read” for both of us. An added bonus is the beautiful portrayal of the love between a child and a grandparent.Authors, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books · Tags: Julie Hedlund, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Writer