Flower Girl


A fictional story about a flower girl’s role in a wedding, illustrated in photographs

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A fictional story about a flower girl’s role in a wedding, illustrated in photographs

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
For many little girls, being a flower girl at a wedding is as close to as one can get to being a real princess. Bottner gives an in depth view of what the experience feels like by following one child's experiences on her big day. The first person narrator keeps the story simple and authentic; Grier's photos are high quality wedding photos that go through the big day, beginning with close-ups of the wonders of being able to "wear flowers in your hair, carry a bouquet, and wear fancy shoes"—to say nothing of getting to wear a white dress just like the bride. The story includes the flower girl's interactions with the ring-bearer, Henry, which makes it less of exclusive girly-girl book. It ends with a lovely photo of the little girl asleep in her finery dreaming of the day she will be a bride—and have a flower girl at her wedding! Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
Kirkus Reviews
A little girl is thrilled to be a flower girl in her aunt Penny's wedding. There are so many things she'll get to do. She'll have fancy shoes, a bouquet and flowers in her hair, and, best of all, she'll wear a lovely white dress just like the bride's. On the day of the wedding, she's nervous, but she reassures the ring bearer with a somewhat unappreciated good-luck kiss. Everything goes smoothly, and there's dancing and cake too. Bottner's slight, lighter-than-air tale, written in the simple first-person voice of the tiny heroine, takes its cue from the perennial obsession with weddings, princesses and the like. Grier's wedding-album photos neatly capture every moment of this little girl's special day. It's all very sweet and charming, and young girls who read it will probably sigh and wish for their own chance to be in a wedding. But there might be some uncomfortable caveats for the adults sharing it with them. It seems staged and contrived and too darn cute. The narrator has no name, although the bride, groom (this is a "traditional" wedding all the way) and ring bearer are all named. At the end, her only wish for happiness is to be a bride someday. A dream come true for little girls who love to dress up, but more than a bit too syrupy for some. (Picture book. 3-6)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A little girl longs to be a flower girl ("All my friends have been flower girls"), and her dream finally comes true when her Aunt Penny is to be married. Brief text and glossy, full-color photographs taken at a real wedding at a golf club pay glorious tribute to all the requisite details of flower girl-dom: flowers in one's hair, beautiful bouquets, fancy shoes and dress, and a funny ring bearer named Henry (who rebuffs the flower girl's proffered good-luck kiss). The child enjoys her active role in the ceremony and clearly relishes the dancing and the cake at the elegant reception. The closing page portrays the dozing girl dreaming that "one day maybe I'll be a bride….And at my wedding, there will be a flower girl, too." From the vivid pink endpapers to the picture-perfect photographs, this paean to flower girls is a shorter and dreamier take on Jill Krementz's "A Very Young" series (Random) of photo-essays. The book is beautiful and well-intentioned but will doubtless find its most relevant audience as a gift book and be an additional purchase for a majority of libraries. Kevin Henkes's Lilly's Big Day (HarperCollins, 2006) is still hard to beat.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761461197
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,116,881
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Bottner
Barbara Bottner is the author of more than 36 books. She lives in Los Angeles.

Michael Emberley has been writing and illustrating children’s books since 1979. He lives in Ireland.

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