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BRENDA BERMAN, WEDDING EXPERT by Jane Breskin Zalben

BRENDA BERMAN, WEDDING EXPERT

By Jane Breskin Zalben (Author) , Victoria Chess (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 9

Pub Date: May 18th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-618-31321-1
Publisher: Clarion

When her Uncle Harry becomes engaged, Brenda reluctantly adjusts to the concept of a new aunt and cousin. Although Aunt Florrie’s niece, Lucy, happens to be the same age as Brenda, the girls are polar opposites. While Brenda dreams of a gold lamé flower-girl dress, Lucy desires nothing more than to be swathed in lavender taffeta. The duo’s arch rivalry is derailed by Harry and Florrie’s surprise elopement, which unites Brenda and Lucy in mutual dismay over missing their big bridal debut. Zalben’s tale, divided into five chapters, conveys the warmth and zaniness that can make families simultaneously maddening and wonderful. Brenda’s unique personality, a beguiling blend of sass and vulnerability, is reflected in Chess’s watercolor illustrations. The distinctive sketches skillfully illuminate Brenda’s spunk and individuality. Brenda’s endeavors to reconcile her hopes with reality tell a tale of acceptance that will help young readers struggling with their own life transitions. (Fiction. 6-9)