Willow and the Wedding

Cover: Willow and the Wedding

Willow is back! This time she's so excited to be flower girl for her favorite uncle and his partner David's wedding. Willow just can't wait to help make it perfect. The beach ceremony! The dinner! The dessert! The dancing! But there's just one hiccup. Uncle Ash refuses to dance these days. A wedding with no dancing?! Willow makes it her mission to remind him of the joy he found in dancing years ago. On the evening of the wedding, Uncle Ash surprises them all and everyone dances in just the ways they were meant to.



  • Dewey: [E]
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585369669): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2017, 05/15/2017
  • PDF (9781634724104): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2017, 05/15/2017
  • Hosted ebook (9781634724401): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2017, 05/15/2017
  • Subject: Language Arts, Social Studies


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 5 - Age 8
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 2
  • Lexile® Measure: 550
  • Guided Reading Level: L

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Foreword Reviews Willow and the Wedding

Willow and the Wedding encourages self-expression, positive thinking, and pursuing whatever makes you happy.
Willow’s zest for life and love for her family takes center stage in denise Brennan-Nelson’s Willow and the Wedding, the story of how one barefoot flower girl’s thoughtfulness and compassion unintentionally heal years of emotional pain and heartache.
It’s a well-known fact that Uncle Ash does not dance. Ever. Concerned that he will miss out on his wedding day, Willow is determined to get Ash moving to the music, especially when she learns that he once loved dancing more than anything.
Told from Willow’s point of view, the uplifting message of doing what you love, regardless of what anyone else thinks, is appropriate for all ages. It’s a simple story ofr children, when taken at face value, or a more complex and emotionally nuanced journey for adults to read between the lines. Themes of bullying, teasing, humiliation, and abandonment are subtle but still present as Willow focuses on helping Uncle Ash rediscover his love of dancing without fear or hurt.
Cheerful and fluid, sweet and colorful, illustrations by Cyd Moore follow Willow and Uncle Ash as they cuddle dogs at the shelter, slide on the playground, goof off with doughnuts, and walk down the aisle. Even the end pages, done in teal white doodles, are creatively inspirational and entertaining glimpses into Willow’s world.
The embodiment of unconditional love and confidence, Willow is always in motion, her joyful exuberance easy to see as she flits and flutters around wedding guests, getting a warm beach blanket for shivering Aunt Carol and a lemonade for overheated Uncle Larry; nothing dampens her excitement. When Cousin Joe begins whispering that he’s “never been to a wedding liket his before,” Willow’s perfect response, “Isn’t it splendid?” sets the tone for a lovely sunset wedding complete with seashells, palm trees, and, of course, dancing.
Willow and the Wedding encourages self-expression, positive thinking, and pursuing whatever makes you happy, whether it be singing, dancing, or letting loose while spending time with family and loved ones.


Author: Denise Brennan-Nelson

Denise Brennan-Nelson is a multi-award winning children’s book author and motivational speaker. She wrote her first children’s book, Buzzy the Bumblebee, after discovering that aeronautically, bumblebees should not be able to fly. She felt it was a wonderful way to inspire people to “bee-lieve” in themselves and their dreams. Other titles include Someday is Not a Day of the Week, a touching story about making time for what is really important in life; and Willow, chosen the Most Outstanding Children’s Book for 2009 by the Executive Committee of the Mom’s Choice Awards. Willow is the story of a little girl who colors outside the lines, thinks outside the box, and ends up awakening the creativity of her by-the-book art teacher. Denise also wrote J is for Jack-O’-Lantern: A Halloween Alphabet.

Illustrator: Cyd Moore

Growing up on a farm in Georgia, Cyd had lots of time to dream…a lot of time to be quiet… lying all warm-in-the-sun flat-on-your-back in a wheat field…thats when she learned to feel and notice magic in the ordinary world. She went on to study graphic design and fine arts at the University of Georgia. Cyd is the illustrator of over 35 books, including the I Love You, Stinky Face series. She currently resides in southeast Michigan and loves to travel, practice yoga and garden. Speaking to schoolchildren and attending conferences is also something Cyd loves to do.

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