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My Mom's Wedding
     

My Mom's Wedding

by Eve Bunting, Lisa Papp (Illustrator)
 
A child of divorce, seven-year-old Pinky is torn by feelings of loyalty to her father and affection for the man her mom is about to marry. As she prepares to be the ring bearer for the upcoming wedding, Pinky is both excited and reluctant, but mostly she feels guilty. It's not until she accepts that her parents will never get back together that Pinky understands it's

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A child of divorce, seven-year-old Pinky is torn by feelings of loyalty to her father and affection for the man her mom is about to marry. As she prepares to be the ring bearer for the upcoming wedding, Pinky is both excited and reluctant, but mostly she feels guilty. It's not until she accepts that her parents will never get back together that Pinky understands it's okay to love both her dads. As non-traditional families increasingly become the norm, this positive story will continue to grow in relevance. My Mom's Wedding offers a comforting message and helps children to work out their conflicted emotions about divorce. Parents, too, have something to learn from the amicable kindness that Pinky's mother, father and stepfather show each other.

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Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Eve Bunting has made a virtual cottage industry out of writing "issue" books for children. She has more than 250 books to her credit and while she has taken on genuinely troubling dilemmas that far too many children must grapple with, she often settles for a resolution that is much cleaner and closer to "happily ever after" than reality. Here she takes on the ambivalence a seven year old girl feels as the flower girl in her mother's wedding to her new love. While the child really likes her soon to be stepfather, she still loves her birth father. But how silly for her to worry, after all, Daddy has flown in from Ireland to go his ex's wedding. He also has reassured his child, "Your mom and I are just friends now. ‘Just friends' don't get married." In my experience, there aren't very many children of divorce for whom this scenario would ring true. Lisa Papp's sweet soft illustrations echo the saccharine flavored tone of the story. It is too bad that the often painful concerns that many children experience with a parent's remarriage aren't explored in a more realistic and complex manner.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3
On the eve of her mom's wedding, seven-year-old Pinky reflects on her relationships with her faraway father and Jim, her pending stepfather. While she loves both men, she secretly hopes that her parents will get back together. When the girl sees her father in the midst of her ring-bearer preparations, she whispers to him that she will give him the rings if he'll marry her mother instead. Daddy gently reminds Pinky that he and her mother are "just friends." At the ceremony, Pinky hesitates before she gives up the rings, but she realizes that she is happy for her mother and Jim. While Pinky's reactions to and acceptance of her mother's remarriage and her stepfather are unrealistically condensed into the actions of two days, her range of feelings is typical of children in like situations. While her first-person voice may be a little precocious at times, it is honest and direct in typical Bunting style. Papp's soft watercolors, bordered and cropped to evoke wedding photos, set up idyllic matrimonial images. While this offering may hurry Pinky's emotional arc, it does help fill the need for titles on stepparents and remarriage.
—Rachel G. PayneCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585362882
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
08/14/2006
Series:
Sleeping Bear Picture Books
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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