The shortlisted book for this week is Silver Buttons by Bob Graham.
This is a beautiful book that teaches our children that life is not just about us and what we are doing at any given time and that we are all part of something bigger.
From the publisher:
At 9.59 on Thursday morning, Jodie draws a duck. Just as she is about to add one final silver button to the duck’s boots, her little brother takes his first step. At this exact same moment, a man buys bread, a soldier leaves home, a baby is being born… Here is a book, a story, a philosophy so simply told and yet – in true Bob Graham style – so rich with emotion and meaning. It is in the smallest details that we sense the greatest significance and can see the big picture. From his glorious urban skyscapes to the tender portrayal of a falling feather or the tying of a shoelace or a dog’s joy in scratching his back, Bob lets us in on a world view conveyed with humanity, compassion and affection.
It is not a straightforward narrative and it did require a fair bit of explanation and discussion, however, it is a great book to help children gain an understanding of human connections and connectedness.
After sharing the story we coloured in our own ducks, adding the silver buttons, all the while thinking about everything else that might be happening in our wider community and the world around us…..