There are books so alive that you’re always afraid that while you weren’t reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?
-- Marina Tsvetaeva

Young readersElementary readers
8 stars

The Memory String

AR: 2.9
Lexile: 290
RC: 3.4
by Eve Bunting     Illus. by Ted Rand
Normal-length Picture Book
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Original post — Saturday, July 29, 2006

Laura's mom died three years ago and the only thing Laura has left to remind her are buttons from her mom's dresses that she keeps on a memory string. Her dad married Jane but Laura doesn't really like Jane; she wants her mommy back. But when her memory string breaks, Laura finds out just how much like her real mom Jane is.

Eve Bunting has done it again! This is a very touching book. It is fairly easy to read but the concepts are kind of serious, almost "grown-up" concepts. I suggest reading this with a parent. And after you're done, tell your parent how much you love them!

(Last modified:08/21/2006)


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