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Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen

Uncle Bobby's Wedding (edition 2008)

by Sarah S. Brannen, Sarah S. Brannen (Illustrator)

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Title:Uncle Bobby's Wedding
Authors:Sarah S. Brannen
Other authors:Sarah S. Brannen (Illustrator)
Info:Putnam Juvenile (2008), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:wedding, marriage, animals

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Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen


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I enjoyed this book for two main reasons, the plot and the theme. However I do wish the story included a little more detail or explanation into the sexuality of the two characters. The big idea of the text is that a young mouse girl is feeling weary about her Uncle getting married because she wants to be the most important thing to him. As the story continues she realizes that having two uncles will be even better than having one. The theme of family is present and typical for a children’s book however the author chooses two homosexual male mice as the main characters and doesn’t really mention the topic at all. Explicit mentioning of the topic could have made the author’s message clearer and set a more normalized tone toward sexuality in family. For young children who are exposed to multiple sexual orientations I feel as if this book could be read to them with little confusion. But children from a more sheltered background with no experience with differing sexualities or family dynamics would have an issue understanding the text. Hence why I believe this book was banned from multiple institutions. Even so I enjoyed the idea behind this book and would not have a problem sharing it with the children in my life. ( )
  FrancescaOliveira | Oct 27, 2015 |
It's easy for a child to feel as if they are being replaced when a new member is added to the family. Chloe loves her uncle so much, she just doesn't want to be forgotten. Uncle Bobby and Uncle Jamie teach her that a new family member just means that there's more people to love. ( )
  cabaty | Oct 13, 2015 |
Uncle Bobby was Chloe's favorite uncle but she got upset when she found out that he was getting married. She learned the power of generosity and Chloe agreed to share her time with Uncle Bobby with Jamie. All three of them did things together now. She was rewarded by being the flower girl in their wedding. The theme is that we should always share and be generous towards others. Sometimes it can really pay off. ( )
  hspanier | Sep 28, 2015 |
Chloe, a young guinea pig, becomes jealous when she finds out that her favorite uncle named Bobby is getting married. She does not want to lose him, and after speaking with her uncle she decides to give Jamie a chance. As Chloe spends time with Jamie she begins to really like him. She gets involved with the wedding, and it turns out to be a very special night.

This book depicts same-sex marriage as a non-issue. Students that are a part of this community need to be exposed to text such as this because it helps them see normality in their situations. It also helps students from traditional families become used to this new idea of same-sex couples.

Modern Fantasy
Reading Level: 2.7
  rdg301library | May 24, 2015 |
I loved this book because of how the little girl was not judgmental of the two uncles getting married, but instead saying that it was her special uncle to hers. It showed readers that she did not care about their sexual orientation, her uncle was just her favorite and she didn't want to lose him. I also think that the images of the story enhanced the text for readers to follow along, and see that "gay people" do not look any different than that of their heterosexual persons. ( )
  kbarry9 | Apr 26, 2015 |
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To my family, and to all people who love each other
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Bobby was Chloe's favorite uncle.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399247122, Hardcover)

Bobby and Jamie are getting married, but Bobby?s niece Chloe is worried that she won?t be his favorite person anymore. Will Uncle Bobby still think she is special?

Sarah Brannen?s warm story is set in an alternative family as Uncle Bobby marries his boyfriend. Uncle Bobby?s Wedding embraces Bobby?s relationship with Jamie, but keeps its focus where it truly belongs: on an uncle and niece?s love for each other.

Beautifully told and charmingly illustrated, this simple yet moving story begs to be read time and again.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:43 -0400)

Chlo?e is jealous and sad when her favorite uncle announces that he will be getting married, but as she gets to know Jamie better and becomes involved in planning the wedding, she discovers that she will always be special to Uncle Bobby--and to Uncle Jamie, too.… (more)

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