I was worried this would be an "issue" book explaining marriage equality. Issue books are important and we've read quite a few of them, but often the stories and writing aren't that compelling outside of the lesson imparted. This book, though? A delight to read.
Donovan has SO many responsibilities on the big day, and each step in getting ready is presented with subtle humor. My son shook his head a few times, kind of smiling, saying "I don't think you can do all of those things! Not guaranteed 100%!" He was also pretty pleased with himself that he guessed early on what kind of big day it was. (The child loves attending weddings. Mostly because of the cake.)
The art is just beautiful and I teared up during the wedding ceremony... just like I do at real weddings!
Donovan's Big Day is a book about being a kid entrusted with a Very Important Task on a special day. Donovan wakes up excited, washes like crazy, gobbles his pancakes without making a mess, and puts on all his special new clothes. Newman captures the Big Day excitement very well. Only towards the end of the book do we learn that today Donovan will be a ring-bearer in the wedding of his two mothers. Search this one out--it's been (erroneously, in my opinion) cataloged as children's fiction instead of with the picture books.
this book is SO cute ... I absolutely LOVE it !
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