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Bun Bun Button

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  272 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Paige loves cuddling with Gramma and all of Gramma's pets in the Old Blue Chair. And when Gramma makes her Bun Bun Button, an adorable homemade stuffed bunny with a button nose, this special time becomes even more cozy. Then a balloon carries the little bunny away. Bun Bun braves honking geese and a wide night sky, until luck - or love - magically brings her back home to t ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Lisa Vegan
Dec 27, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young children and Patricia Polacco fans; fans of grandparent-grandchild stories
Patricia Polacco has become one of my very favorite children’s picture book authors/illustrators. I’ve now read every book she’s written and illustrated. Historically, she comes out with two books each year, and for her last few books I’ve been waiting book to book, as I am caught up, and I’ll continue to look forward to any other books she creates.

I finally got this book from the library today; it’s one of a very few picture books that ever made it to my on-deck shelf. I’ve actually had opportu
Jan 13, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Bun Bun Button by Patricia Polacco follows an adventure of a homemade stuffed bunny with a button nose, made by a grandmother for her beloved grandaughter.

Paige loves cuddling with Gramma and all of Gramma's pets in the Old Blue Chair. This special time becomes even more cozy when Gramma makes her Bun Bun Button, an adorable stuffed bunny with a button nose. A balloon carries the little bunny away, and Bun Bun braves honking geese and a wide night sky, until luck - or love - magically brings her
Mar 29, 2012 Teacher. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway
There is something magical in Patricia Polacco’s books. She creates a special story that draws people into the words and pictures. My very first years of teaching, I remember reading and falling in love with her work. Always popular in classrooms, Polacco writes for children’s imaginations, but also connects with adult readers. Her writing and messages are mature enough for middle grades, but innocent enough to make readers of all ages smile and imagine along with the characters. This is what we ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, pets, 2012
This is a sweet tale about a little girl named Paige and her grandmother. I love that the two spend a lot of time together and that the grandmother creates Bun Bun Button, a stuffed bunny from scrap fabric, for little Paige. We recently made sock bunnies from old mis-matched socks and our girls just love them. So I can see how attached Paige is to her Bun Bun Button. (view spoiler) ...more
Linda Lipko
Mar 06, 2014 Linda Lipko rated it really liked it
Increasingly, I am drawn to the artistry of Polacco. There is a warmth in her stories that leaves the reader peaceful.

This is a lovely story of Paige and her grandmother. There is room for all in the overstuffed, large blue chair, filled with cats overflowing, books, and a grandmother who holds and reads to her beloved grand daughter. This book resonated because most recently, I spend time each night with our grand daughter Kayla and listen while she reads books checked out of her school library
Typical Polacco illustrations. A nice ending to the book. (Maybe the child should learn to listen to the adult next time!) I don't understand why poor Bun Bun didn't get a bath, too. A good lap-read or real-alone choice, probably for a school-age since preschoolers or toddlers might find the book too sad at parts. (I did!!) Stories of lost toys always make me sad--and missing all my toys that did NOT come back to me! But I'm silly that way, and maybe the younger kids would be fine with it.
Zakiya Ray
This is such a charming children's tale about a grandmother who stitches a teady bear for her granddaughter. The bear goes on an adventure via a balloon ride from Grandmother's mom, up through the clouds, and into space. Eventually, the bear makes himself home again. I was drawn by the love between the granddaughter and her grandmother. They have a relationship based on love and understanding. The most powerful statement of love happened when Bun Bun returns home. Grandma tells her granddaughter ...more
Olivia Jackson
This is a cute book to read to a class because most kids have that one stuffed animal or toy that they take everywhere with them. This would be a great book to teach text-to-self analysis.
Andrea Boyd
Jul 17, 2014 Andrea Boyd rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Anyone who has loved a precious teddy, or blanket or any item of affection will enjoy this book. It is a story of a girl who falls in love with a special stuffed animal that her gramma makes for her but then looses it while it is attached to a big red balloon. Most can remember the heart ache of watching their balloon float away, but Paige watches her balloon float away with her Bun Bun Button. The story is told in a way, along with the detailed illustrations that really makes you feel like you ...more
Oct 24, 2015 Josiah rated it it was ok
What is it about Patricia Polacco's illustrations that conveys the emotions of her stories so well? She's not the most amazing book artist I've ever seen, though she is very good. I suppose that her illustrations are just another form through which she expresses the powerful emotions in her stories, so intangibly and subtly that it's difficult to pin down exactly how she does it. Patricia Polacco is a wonderful writer and illustrator, and I can't imagine the landscape of picture book literature ...more
Book Title: Bun Bun Button by: Patricia Polacco

Short Description of the Book:
Paige loves cuddling with Gramma and all of Gramma's pets in the Old Blue Chair. And when Gramma makes her Bun Bun Button, an adorable homemade stuffed bunny with a button nose, this special time becomes even more cozy. Then a balloon carries the little bunny away. Bun Bun braves honking geese and a wide night sky, until luck - or love - magically brings her back home to the little girl who loves her.

FOCUS: Narrative
Whole And
May 03, 2014 Whole And rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Aw, a deeply heart warming story of a young grand daughter that temporarily loses her grandma-made Bun Bun Button cuddle doll.

Grandma spending time with grand daughter, creating memories and lasting life lessons and impressions.

A wonderful book to cuddle up and read.
Mar 14, 2016 Alex added it
Shelves: picture-books
This book was about a little girl who went to her Gramma's house after preschool every day. Her grandma made her a bunny so she could have something to cuddle with in the Old Blue Chair along with her grandma's five cats, two dogs and pet squirrel.
Candace Offutt
This is such a cute, heat-warming story about a Grandmother making a little bunny for her Grand-Daughter and it coming up missing. They search to find it and finally do. I think a lot of children could make connections with this story.
Debby Baumgartner
Patricia Polacco's story of a little girl's stuffed animal that was made for her by her grandma. When it is attached to a balloon and gets away, the little girl wonders if she will ever see Bun Bun Button again.
Alicia Scully
A girl and her grandmother have a very special relationship where they spend lots of time together. Grandma's house has lots of dogs, cats, and even a squirrel. The best part for the girl is Grandma's comfy blue chair where there is so much love. The granddaughter realizes that something's missing and she asked her grandmother for a stuffed friend and her Grandma makes her Bun Bun Button. When Bun Bun is taken away unexpectedly, they have to trust that love will bring her back. This book had way ...more
Always listen to what adults tell you to do or not to do. Things that you love or that love you can always find a way back home.
Giselle Avina
Nov 26, 2012 Giselle Avina rated it liked it
Bun Bun Button is a book about a little girl whose grandmother sews her a stuffed bunny, but then the girl loses the bunny when it flys away tied to a balloon. The next day, the bunny falls back down in the grandma's garden and everything is happy again. I liked this book because it reminded me of my own stuffed bunnies! I'm a college student and I still love my stuffed animals and this book gave me a glimpse of how I used to be when I was young. Although this book was cute, there wasn't much th ...more
Oct 19, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I don't get the one and two star reviews. Yes a toy is lost, but what I took from it was the Gramma's love.
May 22, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it
One of the things I like about Polacco's picture books is that they are great for the K-2nd grade group (and, sometimes, even older). In a world sometimes awash with toddler/preschool favorites, it's nice to pick up a picture book with depth, longer text, etc.

This one is interesting, though, because the storyline is really a younger storyline (special toy gets lost and then found). It makes it a perfect read for the experienced preschool listener as well as for those kindergarten+ kids who are s
Nov 18, 2011 Jackie rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Bun Bun Button is another heart-warming, cozy story from Patricia Polacco. Paige loves her Gramma's house full of dogs, cats, love, and home-baked cookies. But, most of all, Paige loves the Old Blue Chair that they snuggle in to read and cuddle. Paige asks Gramma for a something to hold when she sits in the chair. Gramma gets out her calico cloth and presto! Bun Bun Button is born!

Paige holds tight and never lets Bun Bun Button out of her sight. But, when she ties the doll's arm to a helium ball
Christina Wallace
Jul 08, 2014 Christina Wallace rated it it was amazing
My daughter loves this book and so do I!
Julia Jasztal
Jan 08, 2013 Julia Jasztal rated it it was ok
(Mommy's review from 3/4/12)

We didn't like this one very much. My daughter and I both go back and forth with Polacco but, and I'm somewhat ashamed, we were kind of making fun here.
The illustrations and the story are both so-so, they don't suck, but Julia kept saying, "She should have listened. She should have listened." And, well, she's right. The kid should have listened. I couldn't argue with that.
This just isn't one that's memorable for us and we definitely wouldn't want to read it again.
Nov 19, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2011, picture
A darling (ha!) story about a girl's favorite stuffed rabbit and his adventures. A great story for children who love their stuffed toys dearly. This is not, however, the best choice for a child who has recently lost a beloved toy as it will certainly inspire false hope.

I love Patricia Polacco! Her illustrations are charming and rustic, as usual. The story is lovely and will make a great bedtime story for preschool aged children.
Jan 04, 2013 LisaKaren rated it did not like it
What a disappointment. I am a huge fan of Polacco, but this story was not up to her usual storytelling genius. It is a sweet story of a little girl's homemade gift from her doting grandmother, apparently based on a toy given to her by a young reader. It seemed to be a very personal story without the universal appeal and deeper message that make so many of her reflective and personal stories sing.
Wooden Horse
May 14, 2012 Wooden Horse rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Inspired by a real story Bun Bun Button embarks on an adventure when the balloon she is tied to floats away from her keeper, Paige Elizabeth Darling. Paige's Grandma had made Bun Bun Button especially for her Granddaughter to snuggle with while they sat in the Old Blue Chair and read stories along with 2 mini schnauzer's, 5 Siamese cats, 1 goldfish (on the table) and a squirrel.
Maria Burel
Nov 04, 2012 Maria Burel rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
In Patricia Polacco's Bun Bun Button, we meet Paige and the lovey her Gramma makes especially for her. Bun Bun Button travels everywhere with Paige, until the day Bun Bun's adventures take him a little bit too far. Inspired by one of Polacco's own experiences with a young reader, Bun Bun Button will resonate with any young child who has ever had a special stuffed friend. ...more
Dec 26, 2011 Marcie rated it liked it
Recommended to Marcie by: Broomfield new books
I liked everything about this except the end. The illustrations, as always, are wonderful and I did think the repetative language would make it a nice read aloud. I just thought having the bunny magically fall at Gramma's feet was a bit too pat.
I did love the jacket note and worry that lots of kids will want to bring their beloved stuffed animals to author visits.
Scottsdale Public Library
Based on a real-life story told to Patricia Polacco by one of her young fans, this is the tale of an adorable stuffed rabbit who takes the ride of his life -- accidentally! Bun Bun Button is a Grandma-made bunny rabbit beloved by his owner. Everything is going well until one day he gets carried off by a balloon! Readers of all ages will find this story irresistible. - Karen
Nov 16, 2011 Sandybear76 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The little girl visits her grandma often and they sit in the blue chair with the kitties and the dogs and a pet squirrel. The little girl asks for a something to hold while they snuggle in the blue chair. So Grandma makes Bun Bun Button and Bun Bun Button goes everywhere with the little girl. Till one day Bun Bun Button has his own adventure.
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