The Land of Lost Buttons
Kayako Nishimaki and Shigeo Nakamura
Originally published in Japan as Botan No Kuni
English version by Alvin Tresselt
pictures by Kayako Nishimaki
Parents' Magazine Press, 1970
Ever wondered where all the lost buttons end up?
Here we meet the right eye of a stuffed rabbit as it falls off and rolls into the unknown, a strange and wonderful place where all the lost buttons gather to hang out and get their groove on.
He came at last to an open meadow, and there he met five yellow button sisters.
"Hello," they said. "Where did you come from?"
"I was the eye of a rabbit," Red Button answered, "but I fell off and have run away."
"Welcome to the Land of Lost Buttons," said one of the sisters. "We fell off a yellow sweater and that's why we are here."
Ah well, all seems fun until the rabbit sends a note to the King of Buttons, writing of his heartache over losing an eye. And the button realizes life isn't half as much fun unless you have some bunny to love. Done and done.