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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761461191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761461197
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,450,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

OK, so the photographs aren’t much different than any you’d see in a slick bridal magazine. But what little girl hasn’t wanted to be a flower girl? And who doesn’t like to look at pictures of pretty brides and handsome grooms? Told in first person by an unnamed narrator, this book begins, “All my friends have been flower girls . . . but me.” A wistful girl on one page, the narrator turns into a little princess on the next. Her aunt Penny is getting married, and this time it’s her turn to be a flower girl. The simple text discusses how a flower girl gets to wear flowers in her hair, carry a bouquet, and, of course, wear a beautiful dress. Kevin, the groom, and Henry, his ring bearer, are introduced. A bit of nervousness comes with the walk down the aisle, but after the ceremony comes dancing and cake. The words are really just in service to the glossy photos, which capture the inherent excitement of a wedding. A sweet treat, but one that will engender flower-girl envy in those still awaiting their turns. --Booklist 04/15/2012

About the Author

Author Barbara Bottner lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don’t), An Annoying ABC, and Bootsie Barker Bites.

Photographer Laura Grier lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the owner of Beautiful Day Photography and Laura Grace Photography.


More About the Author

Barbara Bottner began writing for children in the 1970's, when she broke her leg doing off-Broadway Theater and decided to consider a different career. Having gotten a degree in painting, she began to hang out in the children's book section of libraries and bookstores. She was amazed at the originality of the art and fell in love with picture books. Slightly fickle, she also wrote I Can Reads, eventually middle grade and YA novels. She stretched out into writing for television and film and also published essays and short stories in national magazines. She returned to writing books for children and Bootsie Barker Bites, illustrated by Peggy Rathmann, a classic, was translated into eight languages and animated for television. Barbara prevailed upon her MD husband, Gerald Kruglik, to co-write Wallace's Lists, illustrated by Olof Landstrom, which was also animated, (Weston Woods) is translated into Swedish and is forthcoming in French.
Barbara collaborated with Michael Emberley, resulting in Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't). Anyone who's ever struggled with falling in love with reading, or is the parent or teacher of a picky reader will rejoice in the way Miss Brooks handles a curmudgeon of a first grader. Miss Brooks Loves Books has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List and is nominated for the prestigious Bill Martin Jr. Award. Barbara teaches writing and consults with writers all over the country; she was honored to receive the New School Distinguished Teaching Award in 1990.

Customer Reviews

The book is about one little girl and what happens when she is a flower girl for her Aunt.
Joseph Siegler
It is done in such a way that it feels like another young girl is talking to you and making you feel like you are part of her day.
Colorgirl
Each page contains a nice, large photo with a simple sentence or two illustrating the cute little story.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tina Says VINE VOICE on December 9, 2012
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I loved the photographs in this book depicting the role of a young girl who is about to be in Aunt Penny's wedding as her flower girl. Girls will be able to relate to this book - either from their own experience- or simply by watching the young girl in this book as she explains the different aspects of being a flower girl. This book provides a real-life look at being a flower girl with great photographs, and reads more like non-fiction than other flower girl stories I have seen.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Wignall VINE VOICE on December 9, 2012
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I'm kind of torn in reviewing this book because I think that young girls will probably like this book more than I do--and they are the audience for the book, so I have to keep that in mind. I should say at the outset that I'm not a huge fan of formal weddings, but I'll try hard to keep that out of my review (there are guys that like formal weddings?). I am, however, a professional photographer and the author of many photo books and so I love when I come across a great photo book regardless of the topic. I especially like seeing photo books for kids, ala Jill Krementz and Tana Hoban--two of the masters of this genre.

The book is a visual (there is a tiny amount of text, probably just the right amount for reading to a young person) look at a young girl's first experience as a flower girl at a wedding. The girl is very cute and does a good job in her role. She's a great little actress/model and she should be very proud of the work she did here.

One reason that I'm a bit torn about the review, however, is that while I think the photographer is very talented and the photos are technically adequate (or more), the book is lacking a sense of journalistic flow, the feeling that you're experiencing this wedding through the eyes of the subject. The photos have no sense of spontaneity or mystery--and photos for a kid's book should always invoke a somewhat mystical feel, I think. A lot of the photos seem very staged and way too formal (some look like a J C Penny dress advertisement). I was attracted to the book by the soulfulness of the cover--a really sweet shot of feet in fancy ballet shoes. I was hoping the book would continue that kind of Jill Krementz ("A Very Young Dancer"
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By Alberto Diaz on August 7, 2013
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Cute story. Beautiful pictures. Easy read. Let your child borrow this book. I want to be a flower girl. By Charlotte Lily Mae Diaz.
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The pictures are lovely and my daughter definitely asked to read it more than once. I recommend this book along with others to help your little flower girl get ready. The only issue was that her flowers weren't petals but a bouquet and there wasn't a ring bearer, so that was a little confusing.
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This is a a really nice book. The pages are all composed of really nice photos and simple sentences in the book so that the youngest readers would still appreciate being able to read this book or have it read to them.

The high quality photos are really fun to look at. It is done in such a way that it feels like another young girl is talking to you and making you feel like you are part of her day. There are photos of other flower girls, and then the girl telling the story first person makes up the rest of the book.

The book then goes through the steps of the wedding progressively so that it really does prepare the flower girls for the wedding in a way that will take away the scary factor if there is any. My pre-teen daughter was very interested in this book and enjoyed reading it too. She said it would be the perfect give to give to the flower girl before a wedding to help her not be nervous or afraid. It also made her excited for weddings too.

I highly recommend this book for young girls especially and absolutely for that flower girl in your life, should you be needing one or are related to one.
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By Jean Turicik VINE VOICE on December 20, 2012
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My two darling little Granddaughters will be standing up in their Uncle Patrick's wedding next summer. The oldest, who is 4, is going to love this book for Christmas. The book has real pictures and they are beautifully done, and it explains what a wedding is all about and what role the little girl plays by standing up. The Author did a great job as well as the photographer, and what a wonderful idea to write a book about this--someone should have thought of this before!
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By Kristen E. Bogren VINE VOICE on December 19, 2012
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My niece loves this books- Its very basic but the pictures are nice- She calls it the princess book. She is only three but loves the pictures and the story about being a flower girl! She constantly asks me to read it to her.
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While this book is not at all what I expected it is a simple story with beautiful photographs of a little girls dream to become a flower girl. She finally has the chance when her Aunt Penny gets married. The story gives a brief idea of what it is like.
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