Here Comes the Bride

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Filomena is a seamstress who spends her days creating gorgeous wedding dresses for many lovely brides. And when it’s finally her turn to be the one to walk down the aisle, she can hardly contain herself. She gets right to work, putting her heart and soul into making her dress. But Filomena gets carried away. She adds so many frills, feathers, and lace that her groom barely recognizes the girl he loves. Here Comes the Bride is a hilarious story about staying true to your inner beauty. Accompanied by the lively ...
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Overview

Filomena is a seamstress who spends her days creating gorgeous wedding dresses for many lovely brides. And when it’s finally her turn to be the one to walk down the aisle, she can hardly contain herself. She gets right to work, putting her heart and soul into making her dress. But Filomena gets carried away. She adds so many frills, feathers, and lace that her groom barely recognizes the girl he loves. Here Comes the Bride is a hilarious story about staying true to your inner beauty. Accompanied by the lively paintings of Anna Laura Cantone, this special story highlights the age-old truth that the dress does not make the lady.

Here Comes the Bride was originally published in Italian as Una sposa buffa, buffisima, bellisima by Arka. It was nominated for the White Ravens award in 2001 and named Andersen Award Best Picture Book in 2003.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Every bride in town comes to have Filomena, a spectacular seamstress, make her wedding dress, for she seems to be able to fulfill the dream of each. Meanwhile, Filomena longs to be a bride herself, to design her own dream. One day Rusty, the local mechanic, finally gains the courage to ask Filomena to marry him. At last free to make her own dress, Filomena is so busy sewing all the time that she has no time for Rusty. When the wedding day arrives, Filomena is invisible beneath the silk, satin, lace, bows, rosettes, and so forth, so much so that people begin to laugh. Rusty, panicking that she will never fit on his scooter again, flees. Despite what happens to her dream dress, Filomena sees what is really important, and chases after Rusty until she catches him, losing the fancy trimmings on the way. The happy ending shows what really matters. Freewheeling, mixed media, exuberant illustrations integrate unusual materials, letterforms, and comic characters into lively scenes. The narrative plays second fiddle to the visual excitement as the reader finds all the odd bits that decorate the double pages. On the front end pages, birds follow a girl dropping rice as she passes; on the back pages the birds fly around the happy couple. The jacket reverses to a poster as well, for zany fun. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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K-Gr 2—Fabulously talented seamstress Filomena finally receives an ideal marriage proposal and designs her own wedding dress. Unfortunately, the good ideas she's accumulated over the years make for a gown so poufy, bunched, and embellished that she's no longer recognizable and she can't fit on her groom's treasured scooter. He flees in fear and as Filomena pursues him through town, pieces of the "masterpiece" gradually tear or fall off, leaving her in a plain a-line shift that pleases both her and her darling Rusty. Masini's story is a flurry of comedy. "Where's my sister?" says Anita, who can't find her in the mountain of silk and rosettes. Cantone's paintings with collage are a marvel. Backgrounds of dressmakers' pattern grids, clothing labels, stamps, and photographs mesh brilliantly with bilingual wedding words (wheel-roda, arroz-rice) in various fonts spattered as decoration. The artist lovingly details the "blizzard of white" with gauze, cloth flowers, butterflies, and paper hearts, encouraging readers to say "No" to the dress. The cartoon figures are eternally amusing, with Filomena's appearance leading the way. Her yards of bushy black hair, drooping nose, missing teeth, and giraffe-length neck give readers their first laugh beginning on page one.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887768989
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 1/12/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

BEATRICE MASINI lives and works in Milan. She is a graduate of Classical Studies and has worked as a journalist for various newspapers. Although she is also a publishing consultant, Beatrice spends most of her time writing and translating children’s books.

ANNA LAURA CANTONE lives and works in Milan. She graduated from the European Institute of Design, where she now teaches children's illustration. She has exhibited her paintings and sculptures in galleries in her native Italy and around the world. Her many children’s books have received national and international acclaim and are published in various languages.

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