Brock Cole 2000
Madeleine and I ADORE this book. Set in the Regency time period, the patriarch of a family has burst the buttons off his pants and calamity ensues. Each of his three daughters selflessly hatch a plan to get more buttons for their father (who can't leave his bed for shame!). The oldest daughter, a beauty, plans to parade around and attract a handsome wealthy husband (who will supply buttons), the middle daughter will disguise herself as a young man and join the army where she will have plenty of buttons on her uniform. And the silly youngest daughter decides to run through the fields every day hoping to catch buttons that fall from the sky. None of the sisters' plans go accordingly, but even better things happen and in the end, thanks to a lovestruck cowherd, buttons are finally to be had!
The pictures are fun with costumes that suit the time period, and the story had us laughing out loud. What a rare treat to find a story that is silly, sweet and charming with three capable heroines and romance all around.