My Mom's Weddingby 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 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.
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.
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