Thursday, November 25, 2010

Review: Don't Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table by Vanessa Brantley Newton


Auntie Mabel and her family and friends have gathered for their big Sunday dinner and can't wait to dig into a delicious, mouthwatering meal. Before they can begin, Auntie Mabel starts—and doesn't stop!—blessing everyone and everything she surveys: the yams and Brussels sprouts, the table and chairs—even the president of the United States!

Author and illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton s delectable celebration of food and family is a joyous appreciation of how traditions and rituals bring us, and keep us, together.

  • Pub. Date: September 22, 2010
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books

The Elliott Review:

This book is utterly cute! It focuses on Auntie Mabel's mile-long prayer and how her family and/or friends deal with it. The pictures are interesting and quirky, with each person's face having interesting details and features to focus on as they react to Auntie Mabel's prayer. The book cultivates a sense of family and tradition and love. Family members know one another's quirks and love each other for it, as is obviously the case in this family.

One thing I love about this book is that the gathering is a multicultural one. Whether all are members of one family or simply a gathering of friends and family, the sense of cultural openness and acceptance is one that I would want any child to be able to experience while reading this book. The subtle message is given: All are welcome around Auntie Mabel's table even if she is going to drive them all crazy with her super-long prayer.

Source: Thanks to Media Masters for providing a copy of this book for a fair review.

Author Blog: You can visit Vanessa Brantley Newton's blog here.

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