The Proud Button
Authored by Danette Richards
Illustrated by Annelies Vandenbosch
* Ages: 5+
* Grade Level: K-3
* Hardcover with jacket: 32 pages
* Publisher: Clavis
* Pub. Date: September 14, 2021
* Language: English
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This inspirational book is a must read for kids who are shy and reserved and find themselves holding back and not wanting to pursue the friendships that they long for.
Isabelle is a sweet little girl who is very attached to her special treasures she keeps in her treasure jar.
" I don't want the treasures in my treasure jar to be my only friends. I want to make real friends too!"
She is apprehensive to step out and try to make friends on her own. She feels scared and nervous and afraid of rejection. Then one day her Aunt Nancy sends her a new button as gift and Isabelle names it her proud button. Her mom sews it on her favourite coat and Isabelle uses it for a very special purpose... one that allows her to bravely approach other kids and make them her friends. I wonder what magic lies in that button to allow her to do that?
The illustrations are colourful, full of emotion, and beautifully done. Isabelle is a very lovable character ( I especially love her glasses ). Readers find themselves cheering her on in her pursuit of connecting with others and making real human treasures as her coveted playmates. Her amazing new proud button gives her self confidence and Isabelle is proud of herself. She comes to the realization that friends are just like her special treasures in her treasure jar, but even better! I highly recommend this book.
Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!
Meet the Author
Danette Richards grew up in a little town near the mountains in northern Pennsylvania. She has two grown daughters who continue to fill her life with love and adventure. As a child, she particularly loved to draw, play music, explore the outdoors, and listen to her grandmother tell stories about the past and sing old songs. Danette graduated with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education / special education. She also received a certificate in autism from Penn State University. Afterward, she worked as a teacher and eventually as a staff developer and consultant. Many of the students she supported in her work had emotional, academic, and physical challenges. Seeing them transform struggles to successes inspired her to write her first picture book, The Proud Button, about a child discovering what she’s capable of doing and becoming.
About the Illustrator
Annelies Vandenbosch is a Belgian illustrator who likes to retreat from society with her slightly chaotic head and her drawing materials. She loves creating illustrations with a positive and humorous touch, so readers can escape to a different world where everyone feels happy. She hopes that readers will then spread that happiness in their environment. When Annelies isn’t drawing, you can find her in an uncomfortable yoga pose, on a relaxing walk in her cozy village, enjoying a tasty meal, or making fun memories with family and friends.
*Blog Link: www.babybookworms.blogspot.ca
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