The Silver Button

The Silver Button

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At the same moment that Jodie's baby brother takes his first step, a city's worth of moments unfold in a masterful picture book from Bob Graham.

At 9:59 on a Thursday morning, Jodie draws a duck. As her pen hovers in the air, ready to add a silver button to the duck's boot, her little brother Jonathan pushes to his feet, sways, and takes his first step. At the exact same moment, their mom plays a pennywhistle in the kitchen, a man buys fresh bread at the bakery, a baby is born, a soldier says good-bye to his mom, a granddad and granddaughter play with leaves in the park, a blackbird finds a worm. . . . From an ordinary scene of an apartment strewn with child's artwork and toys to a bird's-eye view of a city morning pulsing with life, Bob Graham celebrates a whole world-vision in a single moment, encouraging readers to stop, observe, and savor the world around them.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9780763664374
Branch Call Number: JP Graha
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill.


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Bob Graham's work is always thought-inspiring, but this one about the instantaneous-ness of time really affected me. Great for conceptual thought for anyone.
Rose in PR

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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From a soldier’s goodbye to his mom to a blackbird’s lunch on a path, Graham shows what can happen in a city within the span of a baby’s first step.

ChristchurchKids Dec 26, 2013

A lot can happen in just one minute. At 9:59 one morning, Jodie's baby brother takes his first teetering steps. At the same moment, the city outside is bustling with activity. Zooming in and out, this thoughtful and warmly detailed story invites readers to pay close attention to everyday moments - whether they're large (a tanker sets off for China), small (a bird catches a worm), happy (a baby is born), or sad (a soldier hugs his mum goodbye) - before the clock turns to 10:00, and Jodie's brother topples into his mother's arms.

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