THE WEDDING

An older sister’s wedding makes a girl feel lonely at first, but she is ultimately caught up in the bonds created by this big family gathering. This child’s-eye view of matrimony picks up on the excitement of a large family wedding, plus the fears a child faces of losing an older sibling and of being overwhelmed by such a grown-up occasion. The adults include Daisy, the narrator, in all the pre-wedding planning; she is part of choosing a dress, food, and rooms for the big event. Soman’s illustrations get all the details, postures, and facial expressions right, especially those of the girl as she samples foods or plays dress up in a bridal veil. These scenes are funny and personal; anyone who’s been in a wedding will understand. In the end, the wedding unites rather than divides; sitting on the sofa with her family, the child’s fears disappear. The only deterrent in this warm book is the archaic sense that the bride is being “taken away” by her man, which may reflect Daisy’s perspective, but contradicts the impression readers have of “Sister” as an independent, thinking woman, who has chosen her groom just as he has chosen her. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-531-30139-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Orchard

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1999

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WAITING FOR BABY

One of a four-book series designed to help the very young prepare for new siblings, this title presents a toddler-and-mother pair (the latter heavily pregnant) as they read about new babies, sort hand-me-downs, buy new toys, visit the obstetrician and the sonographer, speculate and wait. Throughout, the child asks questions and makes exclamations with complete enthusiasm: “How big is the baby? What does it eat? I felt it move! Is it a boy or girl?” Fuller’s jolly pictures present a biracial family that thoroughly enjoys every moment together. It’s a bit oversimplified, but no one can complain about the positive message it conveys, appropriately, to its baby and toddler audience. The other titles in the New Baby series are My New Baby (ISBN: 978-1-84643-276-7), Look at Me! (ISBN: 978-1-84643-278-1) and You and Me (ISBN: 978-1-84643-277-4). (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-84643-275-0

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Child's Play

Review Posted Online: June 3, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2010

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LUCKY PENNIES AND HOT CHOCOLATE

Anticipating the visit of a favorite person is half the fun. Planning all the things he likes to do, the narrator of this celebration of childhood, includes telling knock-knock jokes, visiting a construction site, picking up lucky pennies, drinking hot chocolate, cooking, eating and cleaning up together, and just having a good time. What the narrator doesn’t like is putting on scratchy dress-up clothes, eating “funny-looking food,” or watching movies that are too “kissy.” Shields (Martian Rock, 1999, etc.) tells the story from the narrator’s point of view and then delivers a punchy surprise ending for this absolutely charming tale of grandfather and grandson. Nakata’s gentle watercolors for her first picture-book illustrations are alive with color, movement, and humor. They support and extend the text with funny little bits that provoke a grin and a chuckle. The love this grandfather and grandchild have for each other fills every page. A good read-aloud selection for the younger crowd and a nice addition to grandparents’ collections of books to share. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2000

ISBN: 0-525-46450-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2000

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