Jillian, a Mohawk from the Kahnawake reserve near Montreal, is delighted with the new ceremonial ribbon dress her grandmother has made her. She goes out into the front yard and immediately meets a man running down the road, he is yelling that he is late, lost, and about to miss his own wedding. Jillian offers to fix his shoes, and uses two ribbons from her dress to lace up his shoes. She then points him in the right direction, and even lets him borrow her brother”s skateboard so he can get to the church on time. The next person who comes along is the bride, and she too is yelling that she is lost and late for her wedding. Again, Jillian helps out by using eight ribbons from her dress to fix the bride”s hair into four big ponytails. She then loans the bride her mother”s bicycle.
After Jillian has used up all the ribbons on her dress to help various members of the wedding party and some wedding guests, Jillian”s mother is aghast when she sees her daughter in a dirty dress with no ribbons. Off they go to the wedding, and the man at the door says she is too much of a mess to come in. In the end, though, the kindly bride and groom ask Jillian to be their flower girl, and everyone agrees that Jillian is the prettiest kid there.
Storyteller and author Robert Munsch has told a lively and humorous tale of giving, and the circle that kindness and generosity make. The wonderful full-color illustrations by Eugenie Fernandes brilliantly tell the story all by themselves.
Comedy and Humor,
Legends and Myths,
Myths and Legends