Meet Mrs. Moffat and Mr. George Peterson, elderly neighbors who enjoy each other's company. Mrs. Moffat is the local art teacher and on the first day of spring purchases a red coat with six brass buttons. Later on in spring when it is really too warm to be wearing a coat, she does so anyway but has to take it off on her walk home. Stopping to speak with Mr. Peterson she doesn't realize that one of the buttons gets caught in a raspberry bush and falls off. The coat gets put away for the summer.
The story continues with the adventures of the brass button. Rain comes and washes it out of the garden into the street where a little girl picks it up. From there it heads elsewhere until it finds its way back onto Mr. Peterson's path right when Mrs. Moffatt has discovered it missing and is very distressed. How did it get back there? You'll have to read the book to find out!
There is WAY more in this sweet, gentle, delightful story. FABULOUS!
Crescent Dragonwagon weaves a charming tale of the journey one brass button takes in a years time. She also gives the reader insight into a charming neighborhood with eccentric characters and a sweet romance between two of its elderly neighbors. The illustrations alone could hold a child's interest, but I think the story is most apporpriate for primary grade children.