Wednesday, November 16, 2016
BUTTONS - The gift of losing things
I need my button box. TODAY is National Button Day and the craft I plan for tonight's storytime uses buttons. When I went upstairs to the attic yesterday, the button box was not where I thought it was. Our attic is, ahem, less than neat. I shoved things around and looked on shelves and opened bins. Nope.
So, today, I gave myself one hour to clean the main attic room and find that button box. I threw things away! (It was painful but I hope to be fine in a few days.) I filled THREE huge black garbage bags with junk. I stacked bins and reorganized my crafty items and THEN, when I was 99.7% done, I looked at the bottom of a shelf unit in the corner. There was my button box. Not lost at all, really.
I have an organized attic room with neatly stacked and labeled bins. I got rid of junk. I found my buttons! Losing things is a gift.
Books about Buttons:
Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean. Pete loses his buttons, one by one, but never loses his cool. The publisher's website features a video and Pete the Cat songs.
Three Little Firefighters by Stuart Murphy. Three little firefighters have to get dressed for the parade but they don't have any buttons on their coats!! This is a great book about sorting.
The Button Box by Margaret S. Reid. A little boy loves looking through his grandmother's button box. The book introduces sorting concepts.
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback. Joseph, the tailor, loves his overcoat so much he recycles it into every smaller items until all he has a button. And, then??? Based on a yiddish folk song, this book has wonderfully colorful pictures.
Dear Levi: Letters from the Overland Trail by Elvira Woodruff. This wonderful historical fiction book features an orphan boy traveling across the country. The wagon train's cook collects buttons - (I am not alone!) - as a way to remember the people he meets.