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Posted November 26, 2012
o Red Rose Box setting is in the 1950's when the south was still
o Red Rose Box setting is in the 1950's when the south was still living in segregation. The story is about a 10-year-old girl named Leah Hopper and her life struggles that she must deal with. One day Leah's family goes to Las Angeles to see her Aunt Olivia, while being there Leah feels as though she finally understands the true meaning of freedom. She is truly shocked and in awe by the way the other half of the world is living, and this gives her hope into becoming somebody important someday. Leah’s aspirations to become a prominent figure in society are crushed one day when a horrible thing occurs. Leah was left puzzled about how to go on with her life. Leah's constantly strives to fit in and be successful in this new world. This story really models how everything can be set one day and then turn upside down the next. Leah really matured trying to recover from previous events. I would recommend this to Grades 4-6.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 20, 2009
Review for The Red Rose Box
This book revolves around the main characters, Leah and Ruth, who are sisters that live with their family in Sulphur, Louisiana. They are a typical southern family who has a husband that travels for work while the women stay home to clean and cook. Soon enough, Leah receives a box decorated with roses for her birthday from her Aunt Olivia in California containing fine goods and four train tickets. The family, excluding the husband, travels to Hollywood to enjoy the scenery. Shortly after returning, the girls are asked to go with their aunt and uncle to New York. Tragically, while staying their, a hurricane destroys the town, along with the family. Only the grandma and a relative survives. So, Leah and Ruth go back to California to begin their new lives in the city.
Personally, I did not care too much to read through the entire book. The main turn off was the language that was used by the Southern characters of the story. It took me longer to understand many of the sentences. Other than this problem, the book told of many lessons that a person can learn during a lifetime. These lessons include the pain of loss, learning to adapt to a new environment, and the idea that the south used to be a very unpleasant place to be colored.
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