The Memory String by Eve Bunting
Posted on 11/19/2020
The Memory String book cover

"Students can relate to the little girl in the story who has gone through some major life changes."

Candace Lowe, Daisy Elementary

The Memory String by Eve Bunting is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Daisy Elementary. Each button on Laura's memory string represents a piece of her family history. The buttons Laura cherishes the most belonged to her mother—a button from her prom dress, a white one off her wedding dress, and a single small button from the nightgown she was wearing on the day she died. When the string breaks, Laura's new stepmother, Jane, comforts Laura and helps search for a missing button, just as Laura's mother would have done. But it's not the same—Jane isn't Mom. In Eve Bunting's moving story, beautifully illustrated by Ted Rand, Laura discovers that a memory string is not just for remembering the past: it's also for recording new memories.

Editorial Reviews


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"Bunting has found an original way to tell an old story about making room for new memories." Kirkus

"The story offers a hopeful beginning and invites readers to think about ways to remember family history"  School Library Journal


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Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools. 

Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts 
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21     
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023