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Wedding days
Simon, Norma.
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Niles, Ill. : A. Whitman, 1988.
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32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 23 cm
Discusses the decision to marry, wedding plans, the wedding itself, second marriages and the formation of new families, and anniversaries.
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Discusses the decision to marry, wedding plans, the wedding itself, second marriages and the formation of new families, and anniversaries.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 2-3, younger for reading aloud. Simon introduces topics not often covered for young children: weddings and marriages. Beginning with a couple who meet, date, and find ``they are very special to each other,'' this book continues with their decision to marry. In simple sentences, Simon lists the wedding details that must be attended to, including the ceremony and the reception. The book then tells a bit about married life, divorce, and second marriages and shows different types of wedding ceremonies. Kieffer's full-color pictures have the look of a paper-doll book, an effect that works in this context. An effort is made to show people of different races and religions. Children who may be participating in wedding ceremonies will find this helpful while others will enjoy the romance of it all. IC. 392'.5 Weddings / Marriage customs and rites [CIP] 87-28957

Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.