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Prickly Rose

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Prickly Rose is tired of being left behind when her legendary big sister, Sitka, goes off on yet another adventure. Determined to follow in Sitka’s huge footsteps, Prickly sets off—with tumultuous results. As she tromps across Alaska, Prickly fires up a volcano, gives the earth a mighty shake, and whips up a tsunami. Even little sisters can have a big impact in this original Alaskan tall tale.

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Prickly Rose is tired of being left behind when her legendary big sister, Sitka, goes off on yet another adventure. Determined to follow in Sitka’s huge footsteps, Prickly sets off—with tumultuous results. As she tromps across Alaska, Prickly fires up a volcano, gives the earth a mighty shake, and whips up a tsunami. Even little sisters can have a big impact in this original Alaskan tall tale.

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Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
This is a wonderful, poetic adventure that celebrates the wonders of Alaska and the trials of being a young sister and not wanting to be left behind. Sitka Rose is much older than her little sister Prickly. Prickly is awestruck by her sister’s adventures and pretty tired of not being able to participate. This time she takes matters into her own hands and heads off to Alaska following sister Sitka. The adventure starts immediately as she uses two orcas as water skies but that causes a tsunami. Then she hops on a bear and off they go, joined by a wolf and an ermine. As Prickly stomps over the ridges with great force, the critters cry “Earthquake.” She trips on the run over the mountains and causes a volcano to blow. All this misfortune is affecting her self-confidence. Finally having some good luck, she finds the map to sister Sitka’s mine and takes off to find her. There is a happy reunion. Clever rhyme and wonderful illustrations of both native wildlife and the Alaskan terrain make this a real ode to the state. Reviewer: Kristin Harris; Ages 4 to 8.
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2013-12-18
"If it weren't for the Rose girls, what would Alaska be?" According to this original tall tale, Alaska would be missing many geographic and topographic features if it weren't for the feats of Sitka and Prickly Rose. "Legend says the Rose girls / towered ten feet tall. / Truth is, Sitka did so; / Prickly not at all." When Sitka mushes toward Nome, Prickly, as her name suggests, feels left out and declares she won't be stuck at home. She jumps aboard two orcas and creates a tsunami when she falls off; she rides a "glacier bear"; she yanks the moon and forms tides; she stomps and causes both an earthquake and a volcanic eruption. Just when Prickly's sour luck runs out, Sitka bursts from the northern lights driving a team of wolverines, and sisterly love erupts. This story follows Gill's previous picture book, Sitka Rose, illustrated by Shannon Cartwright (2005), checking off expected Alaska attractions (Denali, the Yukon River) and folding in Alaska slang (williwaws, skookum). The rhyming text tends to hamper the flow of the tale, but the wild and woolly story is animated with boisterous illustrations that exaggerate the hijinks. A map in the backmatter pinpoints the locations of the episodes. Though mostly of regional interest, this could easily be paired with other female tall tales, such as Anne Isaacs and Paul Zelinsky's Swamp Angel (1994), Jerdine Nolen and Kadir Nelson's Thunder Rose (2003) and Lynne Bertrand and Kevin Hawkes' Granite Baby (2005). (Picture book. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570913570
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/11/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 538,897
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Shelley Gill is the author of many books, including Alaska, Hawaii, Sitka Rose, and Big Blue. She lives in Homer, Alaska.

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Legend says the Rose girls towered ten feet tall. Truth is, Sitka did so; Prickly, not at all. When Sitka called her "squirt," not being a girl to whine, Prickly simply bristled like a porcupine.

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