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The Wedding

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By: Eve Bunting / Illustrated by: Iza Trapani

Hop a ride with a helpful bride

On her way to town, Miss Brindle Cow meets a host of animals who are late for a very important wedding. What can she do? Gracious Miss Cow doesn't miss a beat. One by one, they climb on her back—the organist, the pastor, the florist, and more. But where is the bride?

Eve Bunting's charming text and Iza Trapani's delightful illustrations make a winning pair.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Eve Bunting, author

Eve Bunting has written more than two hundred books for young readers, including The Baby Shower, The Wedding, and Smoky Night, the winner of the 1995 Caldecott Medal. Born in Ireland, she now lives in California.

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Iza Trapani, illustrator

Iza Trapani has written and illustrated several books for children including the best-selling Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; The Itsy Bitsy Spider; and Baa Baa Black Sheep. She lives in the Hudson Valley in New York.

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Awards & Honors:


  • Volunteer State Book Award (TN) — Master List, 2006-2007
  • ABC Best Books for Children, 2003


Editorial Reviews:


Clever writing and sweet watercolor illustrations tell the story of a good-natured cow who gives a lift to a variety of animals she meets on the way to a wedding. Each animal has an important role in the wedding, but for one reason or another, can't get to the church. Pig, the church organist, is sidelined with a knee injury; Turtle, the florist, started out a week early, but still won't make it on time; Chef Chipmunk got lost and is exhausted from his wanderings. These animals (and more) are invited to climb on Miss Brindle Cow's sturdy back as she makes her way to St. Michelle's. Upon arriving at the church (on time), the animals thank the cow and invite her to, "Please join us inside." Then comes her surprising reply: "Yes . . . I'm the bride." The rhyming verse has a nice easy flow that is perfect for reading aloud, and Trapani's beautifully detailed, fresh country scenes are great for sharing in both intimate or large group settings. Add this to the list of fun summer reads. –Lauren Peterson

School Library Journal

Miss Brindle Cow sashays down a forest path as she hears wedding bells ring in the distance. She runs into a pig, a turtle, a duck, a rabbit, a chipmunk, and a thrush. Each animal has a role to play in the ceremony and all have a reason for running late, so the cheerful bovine happily carries all of the creatures in a precarious pile on her back. The rhyming text grows ever more buoyant as they approach the church and the cow announces that she is the bride. The watercolor paintings pleasantly evoke an English countryside in greens, browns, and yellows. However, it is somewhat discordant to hear the cow announce, "I am woman. I am strong. I'm happy that you came along." This consciousness-raising sentiment does not match the silliness of the story and the illustrations. An additional purchase. –Susan Pine, New York Public Library


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-118-9

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ISBN: 978-1-60734-013-3
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Ages: 2-5
Page count: 32
8 1/2 x 11

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