Bun Bun Button

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Paige loves cuddling with Gramma and all of Gramma's pets in the Old Blue Chair. And when Gramma makes her Bun Bun Button, an adorable homemade stuffed bunny with a button nose, this special time becomes even more cozy. Then a balloon carries the little bunny away. Bun Bun braves honking geese and a wide night sky, until luck - or love - magically brings her back home to the little girl who loves her.

This heartwarming story celebrates the special bond between grandparents and ...

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Paige loves cuddling with Gramma and all of Gramma's pets in the Old Blue Chair. And when Gramma makes her Bun Bun Button, an adorable homemade stuffed bunny with a button nose, this special time becomes even more cozy. Then a balloon carries the little bunny away. Bun Bun braves honking geese and a wide night sky, until luck - or love - magically brings her back home to the little girl who loves her.

This heartwarming story celebrates the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, and is perfect for children who imagine their toys have secret adventures when no one's watching.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Brimming with nostalgia, heartfelt sentimentality, and eccentricity, this portrait of a tight-knit intergenerational bond will charm Polacco enthusiasts with its old-fashioned tone and bright illustrations. Even when she is illustrating a picture of a grandmother reading to her granddaughter, Polacco fills the pages with tumbling action, familial warmth, and love. The small heroine with the big name (Paige Elizabeth Darling) cuddles with her grandmother in their favorite blue chair surrounded by pets (five Siamese cats, two terriers, a goldfish, and an unlikely pet squirrel). 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. Ages 3–5. (Oct.)
Library Media Connection
"Concepts that young children can immediately connect with. . . . A first-rate intergenerational story, sure to be read over and over again."
"[Polacco;s] pencil-and-marker illustrations always give the events a core of plausibility, making this gentle journey a good one for sensitive readers—here comfort far outweighs any trauma."
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Paige Elizabeth Darling visits her wonderful gramma as often as she can. They bake soft sand cookies and cuddle in Gramma's big, blue, ever-so comfy chair, with five kitties, two dogs and one pet squirrel crowding around them. Even the gold fish stays close to the edge of her bowl to hear the story Gramma reads. Paige Elizabeth is happy there, but wants to have her own toy to cuddle while they read. After all, the pets all have their toys. So Gramma makes her granddaughter a yellow calico bunny with a small pocket in its right ear for Paige's favorite finger. Paige Elizabeth loves her bunny, which she names Bun Bun Button, and takes her everywhere. One day, granddaughter and grandmother buy a helium balloon which floats into the sky with the rabbit in tow. Paige Elizabeth is heartbroken, but Bun Bun is having a fine time on her adventure. Because the Darlings are always lucky, the rabbit finds its way home with the help of the wind, a goose, a seagull, and Gramma's pet squirrel. This sweet story, with nice drawings, is ideal for cuddling in a big blue chair. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Paige's bunny has a pocket in her ear and flowers on her body. She keeps the girl company when she's under the willow tree or blowing bubbles for the Siamese cats. Gramma reminds her to hold on tight to Bun Bun Button when she attaches a balloon to her arm, but when the string accidentally unravels, the helium balloon lifts the much-loved toy out of her arms and into the sky. The Darling family has always been lucky, though, so after several tears, Paige waits patiently for her Bun Bun to return. Polacco's exuberant pencil and marker illustrations take readers from the grandmother's cozy home up to the clouds where the stuffed rabbit travels with the Canada geese and a seagull. When she falls to the ground, she is delivered to Gramma by one of the woman's many pets, in this case, a squirrel. Paige comes home from preschool feeling a little sad, but after she sees Bun Bun Button everyone celebrates the reunion in Gramma's Old Blue Chair. A comforting story about the strong bond between a grandmother and her granddaughter and the loss and recovery of a beloved toy.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews

Paige Elizabeth Darling's cherished stuffed bunny has a mighty adventure.

"We Darlings have always been lucky," says Gramma, as she and Paige make cookies together and feed the five cats and two dogs. Then they sit in the Old Blue Chair to cuddle and read. While everyone seems to have their own toy, including the pet squirrel, Paige doesn't, so Gramma makes Bun Bun Button out of calico. Bun Bun goes everywhere with Paige, even to the park, where Gramma gets her the reddest and roundest of balloons. Paige wants Bun Bun to fly, too, but even though she is very careful and ties the balloon string onto her wrist and listens to Gramma's admonitions, Bun Bun and the balloon go off into the sky—but Darlings have always been lucky. Polacco's exuberant and expressive pictures convey Paige's excitement and delight, and the spread in which she cries while Bun Bun flies off is a perfect childhood howl of anguish. The identical cats and the twin dogs (and the goldfish and squirrel) have whimsical and sometimes knowing expressions.

Bun Bun's return, somewhat the worse for wear, brings a softly sentimental end to a classic (if a teensy bit exaggerated) childhood experience.(Picture book. 4-7)

Pamela Paul
…Polacco's old-fashioned tale is imbued with familial warmth and familiarity.
—The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399254727
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/27/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 293,942
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco (www.patriciapolacco.com) was inspired to tell this story when a young visitor to one of her programs brought the much loved and tattered real-life Bun Bun Button up to her table - and gave it to her. Patricia is the beloved creator of over fifty picture books, and is also an energetic and enthusiastic public speaker - she visits over one hundred classrooms every year. She has received over seventy-five awards and honors for her work, including the Parent's Choice Award, New York Times Pick of the Year, New York State Association of Educators and Librarians Best Book of the Year, IRA Teachers Choice and Golden Kite Award. She lives in Union City, Michigan.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013


    Looks good! And I have a bunny named that!
    ....weird... :D clicks yes please!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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