My children were in wedding mode because we had been talking about Aunty Julienne and Uncle Matt's upcoming wedding at the time, so the Scarecrow's Wife slotted right into wondering about what happens at a wedding. We did need to explain that even though Aunty Julienne was having a wedding on a farm, there were not going to be scarecrows there. (I don't think my children would have been surprised if their attendants were a host of scarecrows.) When the cousins had come over for a sleepover, (my sister also has five children), The Scarecrow's Wedding was warmly accepted as an excellent bedtime story by my nieces and nephews and more wedding speculation continued.
My kids also loved the appearance of a tractor during the story, (machinery is one of my kids favourite aspects of farming),
and were likewise disappointed that Aunty Julienne was not going to be delivered to Uncle Matt on a tractor, which they thought was a stellar idea. Mind you, the wagon and Clydesdale horses were pretty impressive on the day!
One of the reasons The Scarecrow's Wedding is such an appealing book for children is the beautiful rhyme and rhythm (often repetitive phrases) that Julia Donaldson is renowned for. ("Let's have a wedding, the best wedding yet, A wedding that no one will ever forget.")
It's the tale of two simple scarecrows that fall in love. After Harry O'Hay's successful proposal to Betty O'Barley the two construct a list of what will be necessary for their wedding. They tick of each item, but while Harry is absent searching for the last item on the list the farmer makes a new scarecrow, Reginald Rake, who makes moves on Betty. He ends up putting her life in peril and Harry comes back, saves the day and they have the best wedding yet, and I think it is fair to assume that no one forgot it.
It was however a wonderful day, and just quietly, I think the bride and groom would say it surpassed even Harry and Betty's special day.
Have your children gone to or been involved in a wedding before?
*This book was given to me from Scholastic Australia for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.