Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday pick is THE RING BEARER. It’s normal for the bride and groom to be nervous on their big day, but imagine a young child who is part of a wedding party feeling nervous. Now imagine it’s his mother’s wedding!
Written/Illustrated by: Floyd Cooper
Publisher: Philomel Books (April 2017)
Suitable for ages: 3– 7
Themes/Topics: overcoming fear, anxiety, dealing with change, love, weddings, blended family
Brief Synopsis: Jackson’s mother is getting married. And he is an important part of the ceremony. Jackson is the ring bearer! But he’s worried. What if something goes wrong? He could trip. He could drop the rings. Sophie, his younger new stepsister is part of the ceremony too. She’s the flower girl. But Sophie isn’t worried at all. In fact, she’s having fun.
Opening pages: “Mama is having a wedding, and Jackson is worried. What will it be like to call Bill “Dad”? And share stuff with Sophie, his new little sister? Things won’t be the same around here anymore.”
Why I like this book: This story made my heart smile. I adore the cover with a cautious Jackson and playful Sophie. Through text and illustrations, Floyd Cooper created an endearing story about the power of family. Readers will love his inter-generational characters and blended family because they express their love of one another throughout the story.
With the support of his family, old and new, Jackson is able to overcome his fear. And because of the wonderful examples in his life, Jackson even saves the day!
Find answers to your burning questions about having children in a wedding party here.
Find the article from the site, Today’s Parent, Kids at weddings: Essential do’s and don’ts here.
Find an article, Children’s feelings about blended families, here.
Read more of today’s reviews at author Susanna Hill’s blog.
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