Monday, 9 April 2018

Children's Picture Book Review: Oma's Buttons by Tania Ingram and Jennifer Harrison

When I received my copy of Oma's Buttons, I was instantly drawn to the beautiful illustrations. 
Jennifer Harrison's life-like images are so realistic that as I turned the pages, I felt as though I was looking at photographs.
Author Tania Ingram is equally as talented with her storytelling.
Her mother-in-law is the inspiration for the story of Oma's Buttons. She was born in a displaced persons camp in Kematen, and her experience as a refugee made her appreciate family traditions, as well as keeping memories of those near and dear in her heart.

In Oma's buttons, a young girl named Ruthie is visiting her Oma one day when she discovers a small tin filled with buttons in various shapes and sizes. 
Her Oma tells her that these buttons are memory buttons; each of the buttons reminds her of a special person and a special memory in her life that she has shared with that person.
There is a red one from her dear mother's apron that she wore when baking, one navy blue button from her husband's suit that he wore on their wedding day, and a wooden button from her who taught Oma about being brave. 
And there is even one that represents Ruthie!
But when she gets to keep a button that represents Oma and misplaces it, Oma shows her that there is one button that she can never lose..

This story is so beautiful. I love the bond that Oma and Ruthie share, and  have to admit that I actually cried whilst reading it with my youngest daughter! It is a really moving story about family and love. 
I highly recommend this lovely children's picture book.

Oma's Buttons has an RRP of $24.99.
For further information on this title, head here

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