Here Comes the Bride

Author: Beatrice Masini
Illustrator: Anna Laura Cantrone
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-88776-898-9
Pages: 32
Price: $17.95

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Filomena the seamstress makes wonderful wedding dresses for the brides in her town. But as she sews these lovely creations for others, she dreams of her own wedding someday.

When Rusty finally gets up the nerve to propose, she sets to work on her own dress. Rusty grows lonely, never seeing Filomena, as she sews day and night on her masterpiece. Finally the wedding day arrives, but what’s happened to Filomena? And even more worrisome – where is Rusty?

Future brides will be awed at Filomena’s efforts to outdo every other dress she’s made, by adding so many flowers, ruffles and frills that no one would recognize her. And Rusty’s stunned surprise at Filomena’s appearance will leave kids giggling. But all ends well, as Rusty finally recognizes his bride and the two lovebirds get married.

Delightful illustrations by Anna Laura Cantone accompany this charming story. Originally published in Italian, Here Comes the Bride is an enjoyable and fun read, reminding kids that sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.

Reviewer: Alice Berger