Buttons by Brock Cole

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Brock Cole's first picture book in nearly ten years

Once there was an old man who ate so much his britches burst and his buttons popped one, two, three, into the fire. "Wife! Wife!" he cried. "We are undone! My britches have burst and my buttons are burnt, every one!

After putting her husband to bed, the wife enlists the aid of her three daughters in replacing their father's buttons. The eldest promises to find a rich man who will give her buttons in exchange for her hand in marriage. The second daughter decides to join the army for the sake of the buttons on a soldier's uniform. And the youngest is going to run through the meadows with her apron held out before her, hoping to catch a few buttons falling from the sky. Which of these young ladies will succeed in restoring the family fortunes? The answer is the essential and satisfying stuff of fairy tales. Brock Cole's whimsical prose and pictures make this original story feel like a hundred-year-old classic.

About Brock Cole

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Brock Cole is the author and/or illustrator of many books. His picture books include The Giant's Toe and Larky Marvis; and his critically acclaimed novels, The Goats and Celine. He lives in Buffalo, New York.
Published March 24, 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But her regiment is whisked off to battle, and when a brave young ensign is wounded, she tears off her jacket to make bandages (""Many buttons were lost and destroyed in the process, but who could think of buttons at a time like this?"").

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