Everyone is late for the wedding and nothing is going right. But Jillian and her incredible, wonderful ribbon dress can fix almost anything: the groomÂs shoelaces, the brideÂs unruly hair, the guestsÂ gift ...she even helps keep the best manfrom losing the ring. But now JillianÂs dress is a mess Â who is going to fix it for her? Children will delight in reading the story and spotting the frogs hidden throughout the book!
About The Author:
Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 11, 1945. He received an undergraduate degree in history and a master's degree in anthropology. While studying to be a Jesuit priest, he worked part-time at an orphanage. He decided he liked working with children and left the Jesuits after 7 years to work in a daycare center. He studied for a year at the Elliot Pearson School of Child Studies at Tufts University. He ended up at a lab preschool at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario and eventually became a Canadian citizen. While working at a daycare center and telling stories to children, he realized that storytelling was what he loved to do and eventually he started writing the stories down. His first published title was Mud Puddle. His other works include Love You Forever, Angela's Airplane, Andrew's Loose Tooth, Stephanie's Ponytail, and Moira's Birthday. He continues to visit schools, libraries and daycares telling stories for free.
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K-Gr 2The hook this story hangs on is a special ribbon dress that the author describes (in an endnote) as a traditional Mohawk costume. Ribbons flutter from the yoke of a new dress that Jillians grandmother has just made her. A man dressed in formal attire comes running down the rural road in front of the girls house yelling that hes late for his wedding. He has no laces in his shoes, so Jillian tears two ribbons from her dress to tie them. She also gives him her brothers skateboard and directs him to the church. Next comes the bride, with her hair all askew. This time Jillians ribbons tie up the womans hair and a bicycle sends her on her way. By now the pattern is set. The best man and a group of wedding guests use up more ribbons until the childs dress is a mess and, much to her grandmothers dismay, shes not allowed into the church. The bride and groom spot her sitting on the steps and ask her to be their flower girl. Munsch is a storyteller and the book may work better as an oral tale. Fernandess gouache and colored-pencil artwork is average in quality though it does capture movement well. Everything seems a bit too pat. This is not an essential purchase, but the contemporary Native American protagonist may broaden the books appeal.Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
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