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Sister of the Bride [Paperback]

By Beverly Cleary (Author), Joe Krush (Illustrator) & Beth Krush (Illustrator)
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With her older sister's wedding day quickly approaching, Barbara dreams of falling in love and being a bride, but as she witnesses family arguments and her fun-loving sister turning into a practical grown-up, she decides that she is not going to rush into a serious romance any time soon. Reissue.

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Barbara can hardly believe her older sister is getting married. With all the excitement of wedding plans going on, Barbara can't help dreaming of the day she will be the bride. She can't wait to fall in love.

But as the big day gets closer, wedding planning often turns into family arguments. Even the bride and groom are bickering over details, and Barbara's fun-loving sister is turning into a very practical, grown-up person. Weddings are fun, but all this serious stuff is scary enough to make Barbara think she's not going to be rushing into a serious romance any time soon.

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Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 4" Height: 5.75"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 2, 2007
Publisher   HarperTrophy
Age  10-14
ISBN  0380728079  
ISBN13  9780380728077  
UPC  046594005953  

Availability  0 units.

More About Beverly Cleary, Joe Krush & Beth Krush

Beverly Cleary Beverly Cleary is one of America's most popular authors. Born in McMinnville, Oregon, she lived on a farm in Yamhill until she was six and then moved to Portland. After college, as the children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, she was challenged to find stories for non-readers. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, inresponse to a boy's question, "Where are the books about kids like us?"

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the Amercan Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature.

Her Dear Mr. Henshaw was awarded the 1984 John Newbery Medal, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. In addition, her books have won more than thirty-five statewide awards based on the votes of her young readers. Her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. Mrs. Cleary lives in coastal California.

Beverly Cleary currently resides in Carmel, in the state of California. Beverly Cleary was born in 1916.

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Will charm the socks off you!  Mar 6, 2007
Sixteen-year-old Barbara MacLane is a junior in high school, and believes that it is time for her to have a boyfriend. A boy who calls on her for weekend dates to the movies and the bowling alley. Who walks her home from school, and chats with her parents. After all, her older sister, Rosemary, had already had a slew of boyfriends by the time she was Barbara's age, and it's just not fair. Sure there's Tootie, but Barbara can't see herself falling for the six-foot-four boy who follows her around like a puppy, and refuses to take everyone's advice to be a basketball player. Barbara wants something cool and sophisticated, not to mention handsome. And that's exactly what she gets when she encounters Bill Cunningham. Bill is a senior, and a handsome one at that. He rides a vespa all over town, and after giving Barbara a ride home one rainy day, begins stopping by her house at all different times to share Snickerdoodles and milk on the porch. However, all of Barbara's self-centered fantasies and notions of a boyfriend of her own are thrown out the window when Rosemary arrives home from college with some big news: she's getting married! Rosemary is a mere two years older than Barbara, and she's already planning on exchanging wedding vows. Suddenly, Barbara is obsessed with the wedding. After all, in just two years, she too, will be saying "I do" and should get a head start on all things that scream wedding. However, her parents don't feel quite the same way as she does. They regard Rosemary's wedding to be a mistake, and claim that she is too young, but must succumb to wedding planning when Rosemary insists on going through with the impromptu nuptials. While everyone in the family begins making lists, baking foods, sewing dresses, and booking chapels, Barbara's younger brother, Gordy, however, spends all of his time playing folk music, eating the family out of house and home, and getting underfoot. All Barbara can think of, on the other hand, is meeting a handsome groomsman at the wedding, and falling head over heels in love. But with each passing day, as Rosemary matures a bit more, Barbara begins to question whether she is truly ready for a wedding of her own, or if she would prefer to play the field a bit with a variety of boys, before settling down for eternity.

As with FIFTEEN, JEAN AND JOHNNY, and THE LUCKIEST GIRL, Beverly Cleary has, once again, penned a substantial novel that captures the nostalgia and innocence of a time when girls wed at very young ages, women spent hours in the kitchen, evenings were filled with newspaper-reading and watching TV, and romance was dominated by sweet-tooths and shy kisses. SISTER OF THE BRIDE, while featuring many chapters about the preparations of Rosemary's wedding, is still, predominantly about Barbara and her quest for romance in a time when girls met boys in the school hallways, and rarely had the ability to interact with males on a personal level at any other time - save for receptions, get-togethers, and parties. Barbara is a wonderful character, whose insecurities about everything from her pudgy waistline to her inability to find a boy who truly tickles her fancy is charming; while her oft-times awkward interactions with boys and adults, alike, is easy to identify with even for girls of today's day and age. Her ability to see-through the motives of many of the minor characters, from the bossy groom's mother, even to the handsome Bill Cunningham is remarkable; while her confidence in standing up for herself is truly an inspiration. From page one Barbara's bubbly personality sucks you in, and refuses to release you until the last page is turned. Will charm the socks off you!

Erika Sorocco
Freelance Reviewer
Sister of the Bride  Jan 19, 2006
It was a great book I didn't want to leave my seat. I loved it.
A Beverly Clearly Book  Aug 15, 2005
This book is OK. It is not the best, not the worst but it is an enjoyable read. I reccomend it for 4th or 5th graders.
I Loved This Book!!!  Jul 31, 2004
I loved Sister of the Bride by Beverly Cleary, and
was surprised to learn that it was originally written in 1963.

When Barbara's 18 year old sister Rosemary is getting married, Barbara can't help but feel left out. She tries to help out by doing everything according to the wedding
book. Being only two years younger than her sister, Barbara
realizes that it won't be long until it's her turn. So she'd better start working on it now.

As with any wedding, difficulties arise and Barbara thinks her sister would be better off staying single. Through
many hardships,Rosemary and Greg finally get married, and
Barbara decides that she has a long time for planning her future.

This was an awesome book and I give it my highest
rating of 5 stars:)
Sister Of The Bride  Apr 30, 2003
Sister of the Bride is cute. It is about Barbara MacLane who finds out that her older sister, Rosemary is getting married. She wants to ensure that Rosemary will get a beautiful wedding but Rosemary has turned into a practical person- while Barbara is having boy troubles of her own- first with her annoying brother Gordy, and then with Tootie Bodger, who is 6'4, and Bill Cunningham, who is implied as handsome and gives her rides of his Vespa.

I have read all four books of first love by Beverly Cleary and this is the only book that I give 3 stars- the others are all 4's or 5's. It becomes boring after quite some time. After all, who wants to hear about the Amys' shower? That part was boring. But overall you can find an enjoyable read in this, although it is mediocre.


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