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UNCLE PETER’S AMAZING CHINESE WEDDING by Lenore Look

UNCLE PETER’S AMAZING CHINESE WEDDING

By Lenore Look (Author) , Yumi Heo (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-689-84458-1
Publisher: Anne Schwartz/Atheneum

In this feel-good companion to Henry’s First-Moon Birthday (2001), young Jenny participates in a favorite uncle’s wedding—unhappily, until she’s given an attitude-altering task to perform in it. Reflecting both events and Jenny’s mood with repeated small images scattered about the flat backgrounds, Heo’s stylized illustrations portray the happy couple, surrounded by relatives, engaging in a series of modern takes on traditional rituals and customs, to which Jenny’s commentary adds detail: “At last comes the fun part—the bed-jumping ceremony that ends the sleepy half of the wedding.” Jenny’s effort to sabotage the whole event causes only a temporary halt, and after the bride gives her a box of butterflies to release, the day ends, as it should, with loving smiles and hugs. Children of any culture will accept with pleasure Look’s invitation to witness this distinctive iteration of a universal life event. (Picture book. 6-8)