Jackson had a big job to do. He’s the ring bearer and he wants to make his mother proud but he’s worried about dropping the rings. He’s worried about being a big brother to his new little sister Sophie and he wonders what it will be like to call Bill “Dad.” They’d all soon become a family and he was a bundle of excitement and nerves but he was ready.
There aren’t too many picture books that I’ve seen that address becoming part of a blended family and Floyd Cooper does that well in the pages of The Ring Bearer. He captures the sweet innocence of each child in the moments that they worry and in their victory of overcoming the obstacles they face (not dropping the wedding rings, for instance). You don’t have to be a part of a blended family to enjoy this book but if you are or soon will be, let this book inspire your young reader.
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