With little fanfare, Simon introduces the idea of weddings, loosely concocted around the dating, courtship and marriage of ``Aunt Jean'' and ``Uncle Mike.'' Many kinds of weddings are discussed, as well as the details of sending invitations, finding a place to hold a wedding and what might transpire during the ceremony (``Aunt Jean's mother cried a little''). Second weddings are mentioned, as are anniversaries, and the literal implications of taking care of someone in sickness and in health. A flat tone and pedestrian writing turn an inherently interesting idea for children into a simplistic listing. Kieffer's pictures add some appeal, but, except for those in search of the most basic information, this isn't very satisfying. Ages 3-9. (April)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 A romantic and simplistic account of traditional courting, wedding, marriage, and anniversary customs with emphasis on American traditions. The easy-to-read narrative begins with an impersonal description of dating and then switches to Aunt Jean and Mike's plans for marriage. Traditional wedding customs are related in the context of their wedding. A brief portrayal of married life, second marriages, and anniversary celebrations is balanced by a racial, religious, and cultural mix of brides and grooms and husbands and wives. The writing consists of short, simple sentences that are sometimes choppy and uninteresting. The narrative contains stereotypes and overgeneralizations as evidenced by Simon's statement that ``farmers. . .librarians . . .young people, old people all decide to marry.'' Ideas expressed are often romantic and trite cliches. Transitions are awkward and the content seems disorganized. Watercolor illustrations extend the text but are often blurred and unclear. Janice L. Amicone, Downington Area School District, Uwchland, Pa.