Donovan got up, and remembered that it was a Big Day.
He had a lot to do: eat breakfast, get clean, get dressed, and then Donovan was given a very important small box.
At the right moment in the ceremony (an Aunt tells him it's time)...
He opened the box very carefully.
He handed one shiny gold ring to Mommy.
He handed one shiny gold ring to Mama.
He stood next to both of them
without saying a word
while they slid the shiny gold rings
onto each other's fingers,
looked into each other's eyes,
said mushy things to each other,
and smiled and laughed and cried.
Check out the interior illustration of that moment:
This is a beautiful picture book. The text is spare and heartfelt, and the illustrations are luminous and so appealing.
Leslea did something so interesting in creating this "same-sex marriage celebration seen through the eyes of a child" - in that a child having this read to them wouldn't know Donovan has two moms until that moment in the wedding ceremony, four pages from the end. Everything up till then is universal, for any child, for any wedding.
And I love the point that this story makes - our queer love is just the same: something to celebrate!
Leslea Newman keeps breaking new ground and writing important, beautiful books that I love. And I'll keep telling you about them!