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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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"Uncle Bobby's Wedding" briefly touches the subject of same-sex marriage. It's main topic is acceptance. This story's characters are guinea pigs. Chloe is feeling anxious about her uncle Bobby getting married. The focus is more on her fear that she will be forgotten by her beloved uncle when he marries his husband and not the actual fact that he is marrying another man. I think that there are two main ways to approach same-sex marriage: point out the obvious differences and similarities and explain or make it subtle and take on the appearance that nothing is "out of the ordinary." This book definitely falls under the category of being subtle. Although I'm not sure which would be more beneficial, I would assume that to introduce same-sex relationships/marriage it might be more helpful to point out the differences but further explain that different is not wrong. Nonetheless, I thought it was a sweet and simple book that could be read to any child regardless of if the motive is to introduce same-sex marriage or to even show the fear of being forgotten or put to the side when a loved one is getting married. ( )
  rmwinter | Apr 10, 2017 |
Uncle Bobby's Wedding is about a little guinea pig, Chloe, who is worried about missing out on all the fun with her Uncle once he gets married. Uncle Bobby allows her to hangout and get to know Jamie (his partner). She realizes that he is just as great and accepting as her uncle and she ends up happier than before, with two uncles. This book addresses homosexuality and shows how happy it can make people or Guinea pigs. I think this is a sweet book for a child who is worrying about a new person becoming a part of the family and also is a good way to explain same sex marriage. ( )
  imasson | Sep 28, 2016 |
Uncle Bobby's Wedding represents a kid friendly story about same sex marriage. However, the attention is focused on Chloe, Bobby's niece, who is upset about her favorite uncle getting married. Chloe is worried about losing her favorite uncle, but in the end, she gladly accepts Bobby's significant other, Jamie, into her family.
This books sends a message about acceptance of same sex marriage as well as acceptance of change. These are two issues in society that many people struggle with, which is why they are great subjects to be discussed in the classroom. ( )
  srmorgan | Apr 20, 2016 |
The great thing about picture books, is that characters can be depicted as anything. Children take to animals, so to introduce a controversial topic such as LGBT families to children using animals is great. That is what Uncle Bobby's Wedding does. The characters are mice, or hamsters, that take on the human qualities. What is also great about this book, is that the same sex relationship is kind of on the back burner, but still so prevalent. Bobby is Chloe's favorite uncle, but he is getting married. Bobby is marrying is boyfriend, Jamie. Chloe is worried that since her uncle is getting married, she won't be his favorite anymore. Bobby ensures her that just because he is getting married it will not change there relationship. He makes Chloe realize that she is not loosing and uncle, but gaining an extra one. The story is more focused on Bobby ans Chloe's relationship more that he and Jamie's, but the same sex relationship is present. What is also so great about this, is that Brannen does not have Chloe question the relationship of her uncle. This is normal to her, so it introduces the idea that same sex relationships are nothing but normal. ( )
  amberloposser | Mar 3, 2016 |
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 |
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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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