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Gibbons, Faye.
Honesdale, PA : Boyds Mills, 2005.
IL K-3, RL 3.7
ISBN 1590783247

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

It's a beautiful day for a wedding in the mountains.  Mr. Long with his seven children and Mrs. Searcy with her five children are about to become a family.  Just as the preacher was about to start the ceremony, all sorts of unplanned things began to happen.  Will then ever get this wedding finished?

Booktalk #2

Itís the wedding day of a mountain widower with seven children and a widow with five.  The children are not happy about the wedding and as the preacher begins the sermon chaos breaks out.  The youngest two children start fighting.  Things get under control and despite the childrenís objections the ceremony begins again.  But suddenly a swarm of bees appear.  The dog, cat and chickens go wild.  The mules, harnessed to the wagon carrying all their belongings, are spooked and take off.  The wedding party chases the wagon with the children picking up belongings as they go.  They help each other out along the way and in the end decide they are ready to become a family.

The book lets children experience a different culture.  The story teaches a valuable lesson in family and getting along.  The pictures are reminiscent of Norman Rockwell paintings and really capture the ethnicity of mountain people.  It could be a good book in dealing with blended families. (Patty Shingleton, Hazard, KY)

SUBJECTS:     Weddings -- Fiction.
                        Mountain life -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.


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