Editor reviews

With her distinctive Texas twang, storyteller Barbara McBride-Smith presents family tales close to her heart. Remarkably expressive, she vocalizes her work in a distinctive comic style. In this tribute to her mother, McBride-Smith demonstrates Mama's unenviable singing style while sharing memorable lessons that can't be obscured by sour notes and botched lyrics.
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Mama believed the woman who dies with the most fabric scraps wins. She saved scraps from odd sewing jobs for neighbors. She saved buttons from old winter coats and birthday dresses. Mama had a button from Daddy's first uniform and another from Grandma's cloth coat, and every button in the box came with a story. In her trademark Texas twang, award-winning storyteller Barbara McBride-Smith recounts stories from her family that speak to all of us.
©2005 Barbara McBride-Smith (P)2005 August House Publishers, Inc.
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Critic reviews

"When telling of her mother's button box, the slapstick humor is shoved aside for a serious, nostalgic look at family life imparted through the buttons cut from various garments. McBride-Smith's Texas-accented voice jumps easily among humor, dialogue, and sadness, adding emphasis where needed." ( Voya)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 18-07-15

Memories galore! With love laughs and tears.

I was raised in Tennessee in 1940-60s. Similar experiences. Stories meaningful. The accent and expressions are exactly like my best friend who attended Baylor U. In Texas. I was captivated. This storyteller brought laughter and tears to my day. I hope to share this rendition with my children and grandchildren.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Anna on 01-01-14

Mediocure story but I'll keep it!

Would you try another book from Barbara McBride-Smith and/or Barbara McBride-Smith?


Would you recommend The Button Box to your friends? Why or why not?

naahhh! (yawn)

What three words best describe Barbara McBride-Smith’s performance?

flat, mono, and yawn

Do you think The Button Box needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Oh please no.

Any additional comments?

Maybe the kids will like it but I won't be joining them while they listen.

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