Beautifully rendered with vividly colorful pictures, OUR DAUGHTER IS GETTING MARRIED, is a book written for children. It is about two young women in love and getting married. This much needed picture book, written in rhyming form, captures the essence of supportive families, and explains the joining of two female partners who begin a voyage of love and togetherness. The rhyming words and colorful pictures unfold to reveal a story of love and harmony enjoyed by all family members. It begins when one of the mothers receives a phone call from her daughter telling of her intentions to get married. The reader is taken on an exciting journey of selecting wedding rings, choosing gowns, sending wedding invitations, deciding on flowers and the wedding cake, decorating the reception hall, and finally joining in the final vows to become partners for life. This is followed by the father-daughter dance and the reception itself. OUR DAUGHTER IS GETTING MARRIED is a much needed book of support for the real life circumstances of many members of the LGBT community. It brings harmony and common sense and will do much to remove divisiveness. Told with incredible sensitivity, this book will change how some people will view marriage---especially a LGBT marriage. Once read, the book will NOT be forgotten.
Marriage is seldom the subject of a children's picture book, so the first surprise to Our Daughter is Getting Married lies in its perspective as a mother picks up the phone to hear the news that her daughter has met somebody special and is planning her wedding day.
Lovely color illustrations follow wedding plans and a mother's enthusiasm as the couple plan their big day, from sparkling wedding rings and cake choices to the involvement of friends and family and possible dresses, flowers, and decorations.
Young picture book readers receive a rollicking rhyme reviewing these exciting developments as a mother celebrates the details of her daughter's wedding with approval and wonder.
But this is no ordinary marriage, and no ordinary celebration. What makes it different isn't only the participants: it's the level of acceptance of two supportive families and the excitement of commitment between two individuals in love, both females, who make a public statement about their intention to officially meld their lives and families in a different way.
Coming in the wake of new discussions about LBGT lives, rights, and Orlando's tragedy, Our Daughter is Getting Married makes a powerful, supportive statement about love and addresses its message not to adults well versed in social and political discussion; but to the hearts and minds of the young picture book reader - the next generation that desperately needs a message of supporting families and "people in love together" and the types of partnerships that sustain unity over separation.
Very, very highly recommended, Our Daughter is Getting Married offers a much-needed anecdote to a world too often immersed in divisiveness and pain. -D.Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"Our Daughter is Getting Married" follows parents while they support their daughter as she plans her wedding day. The subject matter gives children the opportunity to share their own experiences with siblings, parents, and other family members and friends. The gentle, accepting way same-sex marriage is introduced provides a natural, comfortable forum to let discussions develop throughout the elements of the story.
Ms. Heath has gracefully taken what is often an emotionally tense situation and given readers a wonderfully new perspective which models parental love and family acceptance and support in what could otherwise be high conflict. In today's world of stress and disharmony, "Our Daughter is Getting Married" is a welcome story of the many faces of love! - Connie Kratky
Gail heath presents a wonderful children's book designed to help young ones broaden their awareness of the world they were born to. "Our Daughter is Getting Married" is a fictional story about a marriage between two women and the normality of it. By depicting the marriage as something natural and beautiful, and not something abnormal, as a marriage between two women was stigmatized as, the reader will perceive it as that and carry that perception with them into society.
Moreover, the language of the book is appropriate for all ages, the structure is sound, the illustrations are vivid and colorful, and it was an overall fun read! -Amazon customer
Tackling marriage equality in a children's picture book is a daunting task, yet author Gail Heath has managed it with grace and sensitivity. Telling this lovely story in rhyme, illustrating the most fun aspects of weddings and family rituals, allows a child to view this social reality without judgment or prejudice, and invites further age-appropriate family discourse. Helpful and appropriate for elementary libraries and counselors, as well. -M Thompson
This book is beautifully drawn and wonderfully written. It presents the story of a daughter getting married and sharing her wedding plans with her parents. It gives a powerful message about unconditional love and acceptance that children of all ages can connect with. I love poetic flow of the words and the bright, colorful illustrations. This is a must-read book that I highly recommend. -Tania Backus
Our Daughter is Getting Married is a WONDERFUL story by Gail Heath aimed at young readers. The story is told by the mother and takes us through the many stages of planning for a wedding and ending in marriage vows surrounded by friends and family. It is a beautifully illustrated book with a powerful message of acceptance and unconditional love. I highly recommend this book! - LouAnn M
Our Daughter is Getting Married is another great book from Gail Heath, who excels in writing stories which make you think of a wider world of acceptance and diversity. This one has a clear message which was lost for so long and has only recently been discovered. A lovely book of tolerance and hope which we could all learn something from. - Rustyburg
My daughter loves wedding books and this gave her some time to relax and flip through the pages of the book. She accepted without comment that the marriage was between two pretty women. I read the book and loved the content, especially the parts when the daughter was so excited getting married and called her mother on the phone, next was the choice of rings, dress, and flowers, the rhymes came so nice and suitable. Brought a flashback to my wedding day. I will look for more brilliance from Gail Heath; glad I came across her book and I find it very helpful, useful, and important for children of all ages. Thank you Gail! - Kayla Fisher
Gail Heath targets on a stunning topic in this children’s picture book Our Daughter Is Getting Married. Heath’s writing is simple and sweet, with cute little rhymes completing it all together as she takes the much controversial topic of LGBT rights and intertwines it sweetly into a kind-hearted story about a mother learning her daughter is getting married, and it happens to be to another young woman. Happiness is felt not a shock, not hate, not anger. The overall message of the book is to teach us now and to our next generation love and tolerance overall.
While Our Daughter Is Getting Married is aimed for young kids this book is as ever so much aimed at adults as well. Hate is not born in us it is learned, and if we can have more books like these for our children then maybe…still, it is up to us the adult if our children even see books like these. That is why I say children may be the target, but adults can learn from this book too. From there we can then teach our children to have love and respect for others. To learn that as human beings we are to love one another. Race, skin color, sexual orientation, religious beliefs do not matter. All we need to do is love. I give kudos to Gail Heath for sharing that. - JannyC
Gail Heath, the author of “Our daughter is getting married,” writes a truly amazing book. This book fearlessly shows young readers what it’s like to share a loved one’s special day. While describing in detail, the excitement of choosing wedding dresses, selecting flowers, introducing a special person to parents, it gives audience of all ages time to reflect on the true values of marriage; love, honor, and a commitment to share life in unity. There’s a strong sense of excitement throughout the book, reminding parents, grandparents, and relatives that weddings are a time to celebrate with your loved ones, and not a time to mourn.
Marriage is an occasion for gift giving, a time to share, and a time to receive extended family with warmth and love. The overall theme of this book is acceptance. This book gives anyone seeking to prepare young children to receive future partners in marriage, both in public eye and local community, a chance accept love for what it looks like, perfectly organized, perfectly unified, perfectly uplifted in front of God, with the support of the bride’s family. This Book is definitely one to remember. - Kri’ Shawn Terrell