Kisses from Rosa

Kisses from Rosa

by Petra Mathers
     
 

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Illustrated in full color. When her mother becomes ill, young Rosa is sent off to stay at her Aunt Mookie's farm in the Black Forest of Germany. Although she misses her mother terribly, Rosa is quickly caught up in all the activity of farm life—from picking blueberries with Mrs. Schmidt to visiting the cows with Cousin Birgit. In between, she sends kiss-filled… See more details below

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Illustrated in full color. When her mother becomes ill, young Rosa is sent off to stay at her Aunt Mookie's farm in the Black Forest of Germany. Although she misses her mother terribly, Rosa is quickly caught up in all the activity of farm life—from picking blueberries with Mrs. Schmidt to visiting the cows with Cousin Birgit. In between, she sends kiss-filled letters to Mami via Otto the mailman. And one day soon, she knows they will be together again. The illustrations in Petra Mathers's lovingly drawn memoir have irresistible folkloric charm. Here's a book straight from the heart—certain to strike a chord in anyone who's ever been homesick or separated from a loved one.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Drawing on a tumultous experience in her own childhood, when she was sent to stay with relatives while her mother recuperated from tuberculosis, Mathers (Sophie and Lou; Victor and Christabel) steeps this memorable tale in a vivid sense of place and strong emotion. Little Rosa is so homesick she can hardly do anything but cry when she first arrives at her aunt and cousin's farmhouse in the Black Forest. But there's so much to see and do-visiting the cows and neighbors, playing with Waldi the dachshund, picking berries-that the days between letters from her mother pass quickly, until finally it's almost Christmas and (with a twinge of regret) time to hurry home. As an illustrator, Mathers enlivens her nave style with an occasional flight of fancy, as in the scene where Rosa's mother is shown on the sanatorium rooftop, happily receiving all the kisses (Eskimo, butterfly, wet fish, etc.) that Rosa includes in her letters. As a writer, Mathers sets a leisurely pace for the story, lingering lovingly on the small details. The result is a finely polished portrait. Ages 3-8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Rosa's mother has tuberculosis, and must go away to the mountains for treatment. Rosa is sent to live with her aunt Mookie and cousin Birgit in the Black Forest. Mother and daughter keep in touch by letter, so Otto the mailman becomes one of Rosa's favorite people. Life on the farm with Mookie and Birgit is fun and exciting, but Rosa is delighted when the time finally comes to return home where her mother is waiting. Colorful paintings are filled with lovingly detailed memories from the author's childhood.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3A quiet memoir, filled with precise images and emotional details. Faded photos featuring the author as a girl, her mother and father, her Aunt Mookie, and other family members grace the endpapers and introduce the characters in this autobiographical story. Rosa is sent to stay with her aunt and cousin who live on a farm in the Black Forest while her mother, who has tuberculosis, convalesces in a hospital. Rosa is a city girl, but she adjusts to country life, making jam, picking apples, visiting cows and neighbors. It's a happy time, except, of course, she misses her mother, to whom she writes to every Sunday, sending kisses in each letter. Finally, her mother writes to tell her that she can come home for Christmas. Rosa goes the way she came, in a taxi, but now she has memories of the farm to keep her company. The full-page paintings, in a country primitive style, portray everyday experiences and convey the same immediacy as the text. A departure from the quirky humor of Mathers's previous works, this heartfelt story has a charm of its own.Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library
Ellen Mandel
Mathers paints a chapter from her own childhood in this tender recollection. With her mother recuperating from tuberculosis in a hospital in the mountains and her father struggling to make a living in postWorld War II Europe, young Petra--Rosa in the book--is sent to live for some months with her aunt and cousin on a farm in the Black Forest. While Rosa keenly feels the pain of her mother's absence, the simple pleasures of life on the farm are soothing. By Christmastime, when she leaves the farm for her long-awaited return home, an excited Rosa now weeps tears for the beloved friends she's leaving behind. The faded family photos duplicated on the endpapers inspired Mathers' striking artwork. The seemingly simple lines of her folk-art style are softened by the story's warmth, captured by Rosa's mother's loving arms encircling her daughter in a farewell embrace and by the humor of Rosa's illustrated letter to her mother. With its caringly phrased, though rather long text and meticulously worked art, this story memorably reflects the pain of separation and the joys of healing and reunion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679926863
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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