I'M IN THE WEDDING TOO

A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR FLOWER GIRLS AND JUNIOR BRIDESMAIDS

A book for a well-defined audience—girls looking forward to their first experience as a wedding attendant. Plaisted includes sound etiquette advice (``You should write to the bride and her parents to thank them for including you in such a special day'') accompanied by sample letters; an outline of what to expect before, during, and after the ceremony; and practical suggestions, e.g., hints for dealing with slippery shoes, long dresses, and headpieces, and reminders about posture, fidgeting, and going to the bathroom before the ceremony. Christian, Jewish, and civil ceremonies are mentioned, but Plaisted, perhaps wisely, concentrates on logistics rather than the content of the rites. Softly colored illustrations show a multiethnic assortment of happy people engaged in festivities that look prone to moments of congenial chaos. The straightforward, commonsensical text lapses into silliness only in the final pages, where readers are breathlessly counseled to save a piece of wedding cake to dream on and a heart-shaped space is left blank for a picture of the future spouse. Designed as a gift book, this has a drawback for institutional use—the space inviting children to record their memories. Regardless, it's balanced enough to be read to four-year-old flower girls, or to be read alone by junior bridesmaids. (Nonfiction. 4- 10)

Pub Date: March 1, 1997

ISBN: 0-525-45752-6

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1997

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ABIYOYO RETURNS

The seemingly ageless Seeger brings back his renowned giant for another go in a tuneful tale that, like the art, is a bit sketchy, but chockful of worthy messages. Faced with yearly floods and droughts since they’ve cut down all their trees, the townsfolk decide to build a dam—but the project is stymied by a boulder that is too huge to move. Call on Abiyoyo, suggests the granddaughter of the man with the magic wand, then just “Zoop Zoop” him away again. But the rock that Abiyoyo obligingly flings aside smashes the wand. How to avoid Abiyoyo’s destruction now? Sing the monster to sleep, then make it a peaceful, tree-planting member of the community, of course. Seeger sums it up in a postscript: “every community must learn to manage its giants.” Hays, who illustrated the original (1986), creates colorful, if unfinished-looking, scenes featuring a notably multicultural human cast and a towering Cubist fantasy of a giant. The song, based on a Xhosa lullaby, still has that hard-to-resist sing-along potential, and the themes of waging peace, collective action, and the benefits of sound ecological practices are presented in ways that children will both appreciate and enjoy. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-689-83271-0

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2001

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A DOG NAMED SAM

A book that will make young dog-owners smile in recognition and confirm dogless readers' worst suspicions about the mayhem caused by pets, even winsome ones. Sam, who bears passing resemblance to an affable golden retriever, is praised for fetching the family newspaper, and goes on to fetch every other newspaper on the block. In the next story, only the children love Sam's swimming; he is yelled at by lifeguards and fishermen alike when he splashes through every watering hole he can find. Finally, there is woe to the entire family when Sam is bored and lonely for one long night. Boland has an essential message, captured in both both story and illustrations of this Easy-to-Read: Kids and dogs belong together, especially when it's a fun-loving canine like Sam. An appealing tale. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 1, 1996

ISBN: 0-8037-1530-7

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1996

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