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Flower Girl Hardcover – April 1, 2012

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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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: AD480L (What's this?)
  • 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 (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,664,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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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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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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The book cover is a bit deceptive. I expected this book to be populated with pictures that were professional and sort of dreamy. The pictures which accompanied the text are more akin to what you might find in a wedding album. Not bad by any means, but not ephemerally dreamy.
The text that accompanies the pictures is short and easy and tells the story of being a flower girl. While many of the kids I've observed in weddings aren't always into it, somd are especially the older ones. My grandkid was a flower girl in a family wedding last year. She was totally into the excitement and loved the dress and the attention she garnered. She would have totally liked this book.
I liked this book. A simple story based on a simple premise, but it captured the excitement of a wedding and conveys the importance of being a special part of a wedding.
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I was a little disappointed in the book because it seems like it is someone's Shutterfly-type book from their wedding, with a focus on the Flower Girl aspect of the story. The pictures are real and I assume are not staged.

It is a story about a little girl who is was asked to be a Flower Girl in her aunt's wedding. The text is quite basic and does show some aspects about a wedding that a little one might be interested in seeing. Perhaps this is a benefit of having realistic pictures.

The photos are artistic and lovely and for the price I would definitely consider buying it for a little girl who was going to be in a wedding.
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This is the ultimate feel good book, it almost brought tears of happiness to my eyes. What a delightful way to introduce weddings and being a flower girl to a child. It is funny and it is lovely.

The pictures are stunning and large so you can share the book with your little one and you both have enough room to view it together. For the age group ths is intended this seems to be lack content. The author may have written a few more words per page. This seems a bit too childish in that respect but other than that It was a joy to read.
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