A Surprise for Rosie

A Surprise for Rosie

by Julia Rawlinson, Tim Warnes

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Rosie the rabbit "liked to know everything about everything," so when her father informs her that he's planning a "special surprise" for her, she searches for it everywhere. After several dead ends and vague clues from other inhabitants ("It's blue, a little bit like our eggs," a robin tells her), Rosie is tired, dirty and ready to give up. Her father seizes this opportune moment to reveal her surprise: a ride with him in a blue balloon. From there, Rosie can see "everything!" Unfortunately, the book itself never quite takes off-despite a vertical gatefold on the penultimate spread, which opens up as the balloon begins its ascent. British author Rawlinson seems content to literally chronicle Rosie's journey ("Brushing buttercups, over the clover, under the sun she hopped") without revealing anything intriguing about the rabbit's inquisitive personality. Warnes's (the Little Tiger series) watercolors are quite pretty in spots: when Rosie encounters the robins in their leafy home, he washes the scene in gossamer turquoises, greens and teals. Ultimately, however, the pictures' sunny innocuousness does little to move the story forward, or rouse youngsters' own sense of curiosity. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Little Rosie cannot wait for the special surprise that her father has promised. So, when everyone else is napping, the little rabbit leaves the burrow to look for it. Although she discovers a bunch of acorns, the secret entrance to the moles' tunnel, and a nest full of blue eggs, she has no luck finding the mystery gift. Finally, when she is exhausted and ready to give up, Daddy Rabbit appears with the surprise: a hot-air balloon. Pastel colors bring warmth to this endearing father-and-daughter story. The rich hues of the butterflies and flowers seem brighter set against the more muted shades of the pale green grass and faded blue sky. A page folds up at the end to show the two rabbits in a basket beneath the balloon, soaring above the countryside. The rhythmic text is filled with action: "Rosie rolled head-over-heels. Bumpity-bump, up in the air....Slipping and sliding, skidding and skittering." A great choice for a read-aloud or naptime story.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Veteran Warnes creates an idyllic, ground-level (until the end, anyway) woodland setting for this debut tale of a young rabbit's search for a promised surprise. Daddy's planning something, and curious little Creamsicle-colored Rosie sets out to discover for herself what it might be. Fellow creatures she meets won't give it away, but furnish clues: It's acorn-shaped, says Squirrel; you can go into it, claim the burrowing moles; it's blue as an egg, hints a bird. What could it be? Young followers will sympathize with Rosie, who finally takes a tumble down a hillside: " 'I'm tired of looking and hopping,' she said, rubbing her bumped bunny nose.' " But there's Daddy, at last, and his truly grand surprise-revealed in a climactic fold-out as a basket beneath huge blue balloon-banishes all weariness: " 'Now I can see the whole wide world!' " Readers will definitely share Rosie's delight. (Picture book. 5-7)

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ME Media, LLC
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Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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