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Shows a bit of what a wedding celebration is like, including the role of a flower girll, and shows two women getting married.
Making a new friend is as simple as asking someone to play. Your imagination can take you to wonderful places. Love and gender don't have limits. Kids thrive when their adults respect and support their authentic selves.
Positive Role Models
Julián, a gender expansive boy, attends a wedding of two brides (shown kissing one time) dressed in a lavender suit and magenta shoes. Marisol is a rough-and-tumble flower girl. They follow their imaginations, experience magic, and problem-solve. Their abuelas are affectionate and affirming. Main characters appear to be Afro-Latinx; background characters reflect New York City's racial and ethnic diversity.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jessica Love's Julián at the Wedding features the star of Julián Is a Mermaid as well as a new friend, Marisol. These gender expansive fast friends escape a wedding party in New York with the brides' dog to a nearby willow tree/fairy house, where imaginative play and muddy paws make for great fun and possible trouble. Not to worry, as the adults aren't mad, and encourage the two to go dance. The abuela's acceptance of the kids' whole selves, as well as their presence at the wedding of two brides, emphasizes the central message that love and gender don't have limits. Main characters appear to be Afro-Latinx; background characters reflect New York City's racial and ethnic diversity.
Is It Any Good?
This delightful and visually appealing book celebrates acceptance and love. Without being preachy or too on-the-nose about its theme, Julián at the Wedding, like its predecessor, uses sparse text that allows the art to tell the story and show the expansiveness of love and gender. Muted pastels and bright accent colors to come to life on brown paper. Details like a small Statue of Liberty in the background on several pages, the kids' magical winged moment under the willow tree, and the abuelas who are barefoot for the latter half of the story add texture and personality. Young readers will relate to the kids' imaginative, playful spirits, Marisol's mild fear of "coming clean" about her dirty dress, and the relief she feels when her abuela nestles her baseball cap on her head and compliments her "wings." Big hugs from the brides, late-night dancing, and a loving community of friends add to the excitement readers will feel. This affirming book, beautiful in every way, deserves a spot on every kid's bookshelf.
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