I admit I shed a few tears at the end of this award-winning book! [Yes, I not only cry at weddings, I cry over kids’ books about weddings!] Jenny’s favorite uncle, Peter, is getting married, and she feels left out. She describes all the parts of the traditional Chinese wedding as she expresses her sadness over no longer being Uncle Peter’s best buddy. She also indicates what aspects of the ceremony have been modernized from what it would have been like one or two hundred years ago. In the end, her new Aunt Stella wins her over by unexpectedly making her – Jenny – the center of a beautiful part of the ceremony. “Finally,” Jenny says, “everything feels like it should – like a wonderful dream.”
The illustrations by Yumi Heo, rendered in oils, pencil, and collage, are just delightful – they are bright and colorful and whimsical. Many of the pages are framed by a “wallpaper” that captures some of the themes of the text on that page.
I highly recommend this charming story!
Published by Atheneum books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 2006
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages