The Silver Button

By: Bob Graham

9:59 a.m. The city bustles with activity: a man buys bread from the baker, a soldier hugs his mom good-bye, and, in Jodie’s house, her baby brother takes his first steps. Full-color ink and watercolor illustrations.

ISBN: 9780763664374

JLG Release: Jan 2014


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Moments in time , Family interactions , Learning to walk , Neighbors and neighborhoods , Cities

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Awards & Honors

2014 Irma Black Award Finalist; 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Book List, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
In his inimitable, deceptively simple style, Graham celebrates what can happen in a single moment and reminds readers to pause and observe. The text begins before the title page: “At 9:59 on Thursday morning, Jodie drew a duck.” Next her baby brother takes his first step. As he does so, Graham cinematically p
[STARRED REVIEW]
In his inimitable, deceptively simple style, Graham celebrates what can happen in a single moment and reminds readers to pause and observe. The text begins before the title page: “At 9:59 on Thursday morning, Jodie drew a duck.” Next her baby brother takes his first step. As he does so, Graham cinematically pulls back farther and farther, showing other things happening at that instant: a jogger puffs by, a soldier hugs his mother, a blackbird finds a worm, a baby is born, and so on, until the story comes full circle. Jonathan falls down, Jodie tells her mother about his first step, and the clock strikes 10:00. Graham’s detail-filled ink and watercolor illustrations are in full force here. Initially, Jonathan fills the page, but rapidly the view pulls back, expanding the point of view: the jogger is seen through a window, the block from above, then a bird’s-eye view of the city, with the block, the hospital, and the beach visible, and finally a close-up of Mom hugging her baby boy. While the story is minimal, there is a lot to see and absorb. The detailed pictures bear repeated inspection, the characters are appealing, and the story is very child-oriented. This unusual offering will enhance collections and work equally well in classrooms or one-on-one. A worthwhile addition.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Book Details

ISBN

9780763664374

First Release

January 2014

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.3; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD660L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Moments in time, Family interactions, Learning to walk, Neighbors and neighborhoods, Cities,

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