Sunday, October 20, 2013

Book Review: Don't Sneeze at the Wedding by Pamela Mayer, Illustrated by Martha Aviles

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

On the day of her Aunt Rachel’s wedding Anna wakes up sneezy, although she says she feels fine. She is told from her parents and other people she comes into contact with before the wedding starts to “Please don’t sneeze at the wedding!”. She is also flooded with suggestions about how to keep from sneezing when she sneezes at various points before the wedding. The suggestions range from putting her finger on her lip, to whispering a certain word, to holding her breath. It's up to readers to find out whether or not the suggestions for not sneezing work if Anna needs to use them during the wedding.

All the suggestions people gave Anna to stop sneezing in this story show that we are all made uniquely. The suggestions were from people with probably a good heart and the fact that there were so many shows that certain suggestions/remedies do not always work for everybody. I liked how Anna got through her Aunt’s wedding in spite of sneezing a lot that day. I also liked the description about Jewish weddings in the back of the book. It explains some of the Hebrew words relating to marriage that readers will find in this story, such as chuppah (a wedding canopy), ketubah (a marriage contract), and sheva b’rachot (The Seven Blessings).

This book was created for children ages 5-9 / grades K-3

My review= 5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Kar-Ben Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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