The Flower Girl – Laura Godwin, illustrated by John Wallace

    The Flower Girl – Laura Godwin, illustrated by John Wallace, Disney Hyperion, (9781368008280), c2000, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  In rhyming verse the reader is introduced to a wedding.  “I am the girl/Who carries the flowers. This is the dress/I dreamed of for hours.”  The story is told from the flower girl’s point of view and the watercolor illustrations in soft pastel tones complement the wedding day theme.  The action begins with  the bridal party getting ready and then moves to the church before the happy couple set off in their car.  This is a nice introduction for a child about to be a flower girl.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  The rhyme is forced at times:” This is the bride, This is the groom.  This is the best man, This is the room.”  Also, the narrator refers to the bride as “her” in the beginning of the book: “This is her dress /And this is her lace…This is her mother/ And this is her smile…” which is a bit awkward.  

To whom would you recommend this book? Hand this to someone looking for a book to share with a little flower girl to be.

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and bride’s as a flower girl’s gift.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Not unless you are getting married or have a little one in a wedding party.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 5/11/17             


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