Yes, indeedy, there is a special day just for counting your buttons. As a part-time seamstress, I have many-o-buttons to count, but I think I’d rather read a picture book involving a button, wouldn’t you? Of course you would! I happen to have a book suggestion just for this occasion. I present to you:
A pirate boy sees that his friend’s ship is in disrepair, so he encourages him to trade a button for two teacups, which are then traded for rope, and so on and so on, until the bartering leads to a happy pirate and a happy ending. Steve Light’s minimal text is matched with his signature intricate pen-and-ink illustrations to give the reader oh, so much to take in. The illustrations are mostly black & white with punches of bright blue, but splashes of other colors accentuate the items swapped. Even more to love: adorable map end papers (be sure to look at both the front and back) and a surprise hidden under the dust jacket. I highly recommend you read SWAP!
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Heather is a busy wife and mom of five rambunctious children and one lovable pup They all provide lots of distractions, but oodles of inspiration. Sometimes the pictures and ideas in her head turn into her own children's stories, but she always makes time to read other people's books. Sometimes she reviews them here.