Mom and Mum are Getting Married

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When Rosie comes home to find her mom dancing alone in the living room-on a school day-she knows something wonderful is about to happen. So when one of her two mothers announces, "Your Mum and I are getting married!" they can't wait to start planning the big day. At this party, family, friends and fun come together for a joyous celebration of love in a changing world.
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Overview

When Rosie comes home to find her mom dancing alone in the living room-on a school day-she knows something wonderful is about to happen. So when one of her two mothers announces, "Your Mum and I are getting married!" they can't wait to start planning the big day. At this party, family, friends and fun come together for a joyous celebration of love in a changing world.
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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Review of Materials Magazine
Author Ken Setterington is to be congratulated for keeping a light touch in his story. His goal of providing an open and accepting context for readers to ask questions and discuss ideas might otherwise have become heavy-handed or theme-driven.
Children's Literature
While the controversy over same-sex marriage rages, it pales beside this simple but joyous story told here by a young girl thrilled at the announcement of her "mom" and "mum" deciding to have a wedding. Although she is quite happy with the way they are living now, she is disappointed that the wedding will not require her as a bridesmaid, but happily joins her parents, grandparents, and brother in forming the plans. Friends and family arrive for the ceremony. The elusive rings are finally fastened to the baskets of petals she and her brother scatter. It is "a perfect day," a happy if unconventional family celebration. Priestly visualizes the events in full-page watercolor paintings filled with naturalistic details. There is the feeling of a photograph album of snapshots recording each joy-filled event. The settings are primarily out-of-doors; the clothing of family and guests contemporary casual; everything is up-beat. 2004, Second Story Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Rosie's two mothers are going to get married. When Mom tells her daughter about their plans, the youngster asks if she can be a bridesmaid or a flower girl, but Mom just wants a small celebration. Rosie offers another option-she and her brother, Jack, will carry the rings. Predictably, when the big day arrives, the rings are temporarily misplaced (by the couple). Rosie comes up with a solution to prevent them from getting lost a second time, and the wedding comes off without a hitch. "A perfect day," says Mum. The ink-and-colored pencil drawings are somewhat flat but colorful. While the story is slight and not particularly engaging, libraries needing to augment their collections on gay lifestyles may want to consider it.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Gay picture books are unfortunately still rare enough that they all matter regardless of literary and artistic quality. This one happens to be stilted and static. Rosie's Mom and Mum are getting married. Rosie's only concern is whether or not she'll get to be a flower girl, ring-bearer, or something else crucial to the ceremony (which she wishes would be bigger and fancier than it is). The concept and rightness of this two-mother family (and the same-sex marriage itself) are never questioned; there is no antagonist of the type often created specifically to facilitate a tolerance message. However, Setterington's text plods along, feeling forced. Priestley's drawings, though brightly colored, lack vibrancy and feel stale. This clearly deliberate piece has a worthy agenda and will stand in until better quality versions come along. Artistically tepid but socially valuable. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896764849
  • Publisher: Second Story Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 597,098
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Setterington is a retired librarian, a storyteller, an author and a children's-book reviewer. He was named the first Children and Youth Advocate for Library Services for the Toronto Public Library. He received the title Librarian of the Year from the Ontario Library Association and won the prestigious Toronto Arts Award for Writing and Publishing. An active storyteller, he has published retellings of The Snow Queen and The Wild Swans. He is the author of the picture book Mom and Mum are Getting Married! He lives with his partner in Toronto.
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