In this story of an African American wedding, young Jackson has an important job to do: ring bearer at his mother's marriage to her new partner, Bill, a responsibility he takes very seriously. We see how loved and supported Jackson is as he nervously prepares for the big occasion. His soon to be younger step sister, Sophie, is to carry flowers and it is Jackson's prompt action which averts an imminent disaster when she stumbles in front of him as they walk down the aisle. The triumphant pride and confidence this brings as his mother tells him what a good older brother he is, is delightfully reflected in the 'oil wash on board' illustrations. Younger children will identify with Jackson's fears and find this a reassuring read as our protagonist overcomes his fears.