Write a Review Wednesday: Here Comes the Bride

Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week I reviewed Sterling Publishing’s be-bopping book The Daddy Longlegs Blues (age 4-7) written by Mike Ornstein and illustrated by Lisa Kopelke. The slight thaw we’ve been experiencing has my kids thinking of Spring. And with Spring comes weddings, like Tundra Books new release Here Comes the Bride (age 4-7) written by Beatrice Masini and illustrated by Anna Laura Cantone. I have to thank Sylvia at Tundra Books for my review copy.

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Filomena was a very fine seamstress. All the brides in town came to her to have their dresses made. As she cut and sewed Filomena dreamed of her own dress; she longed for when she would be a bride.

Her moment finally arrives when Rusty, the mechanic from next door, gathers the courage to ask Filomena to marry him.  Now she can start working on her own dress.

She adds bows and silk and rosettes and more and more. Filomena’s wedding day arrives and her dream dress is ready but no one recognizes her, not her sister, not her friends, not even Rusty who gets scared and runs away. It’s only then that Filomena realizes what’s truly important in her life.

My kids aren’t at the age to have fantasies about their wedding, even my seven-year old daughter, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t understand or relate to the underlying story. The idea of material things and outside appearances sometimes clouding our judgement of what’s really important, the person, is something my older two kids know about all too well. Here Comes the Bride was a fun way to start a discussion about that.

I really enjoy the multi-media images (it’s what drew me to the book in the first place). Part of the images used are wedding related words in English with their corresponding Italian words placed throughout the pages in various fonts and styles. The kids liked the idea that they were learning some Italian, sort of.

You can add Here Comes the Bride to your own personal library by visiting Amazon.ca. If you’re looking for other great book suggestions for your kids, read through the past Write a Review Wednesday posts.

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