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GRANDMA'S WEDDING ALBUM by Harriet Ziefert

GRANDMA'S WEDDING ALBUM

By Harriet Ziefert (Author) , Karla Gudeon (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: May 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60905-058-0
Publisher: Blue Apple

Following a game of make-believe, a grandmother shows her grandchildren her wedding album. Grandma’s personal narrative is not much more than a device to introduce a simplified explanation of the ceremony. Given how fascinated children are by weddings, Grandma misses a golden opportunity to share intriguing tales about the roots of some of the most common customs she mentions, such as the flower girl and the bouquet-toss. Nor does she illuminate any family traditions that the next generation may want to embrace. While Grandma recounts the vows she and Poppy took promising to be best friends, thus hinting at what lies at the heart of marriage, the emotional depth of the experience remains unplumbed. The accompanying folk-art illustrations are as cheerful as a greeting card but do not offer additional perspective on the story. Pages are designed to replicate spreads in an album; each features a repeating border and a box of text containing an identical, repeating image of Grandma with the children. Although the narrative is lacking in cultural details, the book includes an appendix of wedding traditions from around the world—this does not, however, extend to new rituals such as commitment ceremonies. Readers desiring a more flavorful depiction of the celebration might prefer Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding, by Lenore Look (2006), or Weddings, by Ann Morris (1995). A disappointingly bland treatment of an always-popular subject. (Picture book. 5-8)