As in Gary Soto’s Snapshots from the Wedding (1997), this true-to-life story is told from the perspective of a flower girl in a Latino wedding celebration. Ana Luisa looks forward to her sister’s nuptials and her own, much-anticipated role, but at the appointed moment, she finds herself too overcome with anxiety to walk down the aisle. At the festive reception, though, her shame evaporates as her family members communicate their understanding and love. Supported by Caravela’s inviting, page-filling oil paintings, Kraus’ text highlights specific Latino traditions, such as making wedding tamales, while sensitively capturing how responsibilities that seem minor to grown-ups often loom large in the minds of children. This may not be the best choice to share with flower girls-to-be, who may find that Ana Luisa’s experience sows seeds of worry. But kids who have been in Ana Luisa’s shoes will relate to her believable stage fright, and those who simply like stories about weddings will find this one as picturesque as they could wish. Grades 1-3. --Jennifer Mattson
About the Author
A playwright, author, and arts educator, Kraus is Professor Emeritus of Theater and former Graduate Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Arts for Children Program at the State University of New York College at Brockport. Her plays have garnered a number of awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, New York State Theatre Education Association and Charlotte B. Chorpenning Cup for Achievement in Playwriting.