Don't Sneeze at the Wedding
Anna is excited to be the flower girl at her aunt’s wedding, but that morning she wakes up and … achoo! “Don’t sneeze at the wedding!” everyone warns her, but will their remedies work?
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Genre||Fiction, Picture Books|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®, Lerner Digital ™|
|Number of Pages||32|
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
- The Sugarman Family Children's Book Award
“This is a humorous tale of an almost-disastrous wedding that young children will love!” — Feathered Quill
“This happy tale about a sweet young girl participating in her aunt’s wedding manages to deliver Jewish marriage customs in a subtle way. The tension over “the sneeze”—can flower girl Anna get through the ceremony without sneezing?—is the picture book’s foreground. Its background holds the symbols and customs of a Jewish wedding. The well-handled interplay of foreground/background delivers the message while entertaining with lighthearted fun. How many ways can you stop a sneeze? This slim book offers six, including one from the rabbi. Does Anna make it? Tots will learn about this life cycle event before they find out. Wedding details include ketubah, chuppah, wine, rings, seven blessings, and breaking glass. The illustrations add to the text: dominated by pink, the wedding party theme, and colors that complement it. Pleasant characters in traditional roles—hairdresser, florist, photographer as well as rabbi, bride, and nervous relatives—move gracefully with highly expressive faces through the well thought-out, well-formatted book. This fiction is fun, informative, and nothing to sneeze at.” — AJL Reviews
“Anna has a tickly nose, and the adults are all in tizzy: she’s the flower girl for her Aunt Rachel, and what if she sneezes while the bride and groom are having their big moment under the chuppah? Everybody has a tip to keep the ‘Ah-choos’ in check—family members, vendors (’cherie, just say ‘pineapple’ ’ says the stylist), and even Rabbi Bernstein. The cumulative list of idiosyncratic directives puts Anna in a tizzy herself; luckily, there’s one point in every Jewish wedding ceremony when no one can hear you sneeze—well, maybe except the rabbi. At first glance, the book’s framework of wedding preparations, combined with its sweet, predominantly pink cartooning might seem to rule out male readers. But Mayer (The Grandma Cure) and Avilés (The Shabbat Princess) find broad appeal and comedy in each of their vividly imagined vignettes, while the growing list of sneeze preventives should resonate with anyone who believes that grownups, too, are capable of saying the darnedest things. Ages 5–9. (Sept.)” — Publisher’s Weekly
Author: Pamela Mayer
Pamela Mayer lives in San Francisco, writes children's books, and works as a children's librarian. She and her husband have two daughters and a very cute dog named Charlie.
Illustrator: Martha Avilés
Martha Avilés was born and raised in Mexico City. She has illustrated many children's books including Say Hello, Lily; The Shabbat Princess; and Stones for Grandpa.