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Book Title: Wishful Wedding|
The author of the book: A.S. Chung
Date of issue: June 15th 2015
ISBN 13: 9780992538231
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 828 KB
Edition: Pigeonhole Books
Read full description of the books Wishful Wedding:I think this is one of the most important books I have reviewed this year. It gracefully touches on the subject of same sex marriage through the eyes of a little girl.
The little girl has the grand duty of being a flower girl – a very exciting experience I can recall when I was four. The wedding is for her father’s sister. There is the normal excitement and joy as the day approaches and our protagonist becomes involved in the preparations. While she can identify with the bride and groom’s joy, she also notices that her fathers are sad because they can’t get married and share their love.
I love the fact that the author doesn’t give her character a name. Even though we don’t realise it a name can have different meanings and can identify with times, emotions and memories. By keeping her character nameless, I believe that Ms Chung allows her young readers to immediately identify with the character and develop empathy for her plight.
I adore these illustrations and truth be known, I’m a little jealous of the clever artist who created them. They are real. And by that I mean they are organic and perhaps naïve but not in a silly way. The illustrations are fluid, bright and yet very carefully constructed. They reflect the joy of the wedding and the busyness of the wedding day. The dark lines also contain our joy and act to remind us of the very serious boundaries set on same sex couples. They are brilliant and captivating.
Same sex marriage is being allowed in more and more countries. In my own home, Australia, it still hasn’t happened but we are ever hopeful. Hopeful that two people regardless of their gender can express their love and commitment to each other.
I am equally hopeful that this lovely book, Wishful Wedding, will soon become a historical piece where we can sit down and read it to our children and our grandchildren and say, “Yes, believe it or not there was a time when gender equality didn’t exist.” I hope that day comes soon.
Read information about the authorA.S Chung was born in 1974 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Chinese by race, she was educated in the British system and spoke predominantly English at home with a colourful mix of Cantonese colloquialism. She had a wonderful childhood and showed early signs of being a passionate reader with hours poured into books and learning the art of skipping chores and meals, just to finish that extra chapter! Her earliest literary influence was Enid Blyton, the one author that could completely immerse her into a wondrous world of books. Her current bookshelves are filled with Enid Blyton classics, in hope that one day; her daughter would enjoy them as much as she did.
Her tastes in books as she became a young adult turned to Fantasy and this genre would keep her occupied for the next two decades. David Eddings became her first love and the start of a deep addiction that at times led to tears when the series would end!
Marriage and parenthood followed which unfortunately ended in a sad divorce but start of yet another literary journey. She turned to Paulo Coelho’s spiritual words to get her through this difficult phase in her life and in many ways allowed the slow minutes become beautiful days. This turning of events however, also ignited the need to write and hence the commencement of a very new chapter in her life.
The most important thing in her life is her young daughter and essentially everything that concerns her. One of the many endearing qualities of her daughter is her love for food; even from a very young age. She has an incredibly adult palate and A.S Chung was very passionate about her eating well, healthily and engaging her in the kitchen at all times. When co-author F.A Scifo created the Supreme Kitchen Team and asked A.S Chung to join the project, she jumped on board immediately. What a wonderful way to engage young children to discovery home-style cooking.
Amidst this project, divorce ensued and became a very tumultuous time. A.S Chung was most concerned about her young daughter and wanted to shelter her from the unavoidable difficulties. At the time, she was too young to really understand the ramifications of divorce but old enough to know something was amiss. A.S Chung was then inspired to create Pigeonhole Books, which is a gentle resource to deal with life challenges. These picture books are designed for young children who come from divorce, same-sex, blended and multicultural families.
She certainly hopes readers will find joy and lots of fun in the Supreme Kitchen Team series of books and that Pigeonhole Books will help families see the beauty in otherwise challenging situations.
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