Rosa's Room

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Rosa and her mother have moved to a new house. Rosa knows what she needs to feel at home in her new room: on Monday, clothes in the closet; on Tuesday, her treasure box on her desk, on Wednesday, a poster on the wall. But still, somehow, her room seems empty. "More," her cat Concertina seems to say. Late at night in bed, she dreams about how to decorate her room. On Thursday, she borrows five new books from the library. On Sunday, as Rosa sits in her room drawing a picture, she looks out the window and sees a ...

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Overview

Rosa and her mother have moved to a new house. Rosa knows what she needs to feel at home in her new room: on Monday, clothes in the closet; on Tuesday, her treasure box on her desk, on Wednesday, a poster on the wall. But still, somehow, her room seems empty. "More," her cat Concertina seems to say. Late at night in bed, she dreams about how to decorate her room. On Thursday, she borrows five new books from the library. On Sunday, as Rosa sits in her room drawing a picture, she looks out the window and sees a girl outside playing. Now Rosa knows what she needs to make her room special: a new friend to share everything with.

Rosa searches for things that will fill her room in her new home, but it feels empty until she discovers exactly what is missing.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bottner (Pish Posh) gives a timeless theme a warm if predictable cast in this tale of a girl who moves into a new house. At first glance Rosa's bedroom looks vast and-despite several pieces of furniture-"it seemed empty." Effectively depicting the room from a range of perspectives, including one view from the ceiling, the gouache, watercolor and ink art by first-time illustrator Spiegel underscores the loneliness of Rosa's room. The pictures take a fanciful turn as the child imagines her space lavishly decorated, with elaborate wall coverings, chandelier and a water-spewing fountain featuring a statue of an angel. She later dreams that a bedspread of fresh flowers, carried by butterflies and birds, covers her. Though Rosa unpacks and displays some beloved possessions, hangs a poster on the wall, and helps her mother make a bedspread out of festive, flowered fabric, still something is missing. The child fills that void after spying, from her window, a girl flying a kite on the lawn below (whom observant readers will have noticed in the background in several previous frames). The once bare bedroom suddenly appears cheerfully cluttered as, in the story's rosy conclusion, this new friend visits and loves "every single thing that was in Rosa's room. Especially Rosa." A reassuring read for girls anticipating a move. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Rosa moves into a new house and as she gazes at her room she notices one thing: it is empty. She begins to fill it by unpacking her crayons, her clothes, and her doll. As each day passes, the girl continues to decorate the space, setting out her teapot, hanging a poster on the wall, and placing library books here and there. After Rosa has a dream about something beautiful covering her bed, her mother makes her a beautiful floral bedspread. Finally, she feels that things are shaping up. On Sunday, she makes a friend, and Lili loves everything about the room-especially Rosa. Through simple language and age-appropriate details, Bottner does a good job of capturing a child's point of view. Done in watercolor, gouache, and India ink, the illustrations enhance the mood of the text. The image of Rosa's empty room, filled with only a few pieces of furniture and shaded with solid pastel washes, compares nicely to the final result, a space bursting with bright patterns, colorful clutter, and two friends jumping on the bed. There are many books about moving to a new house but few describe taking a space and making it one's own in such a positive and creative manner.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bottner offers a heartwarming story of a young girl moving to a new house and a too-empty room. Rosa's new room looks enormous and empty. She spends the week unpacking her belongings; her crayons go in the desk, her doll on her bed, her tea set on her table. But still, the room seems empty. It seems a little better with a poster her new teacher gives her, the books she borrows from the library, and a new bedspread she and her mother make together. But still, the room is missing something. Finally, after a week, she discovers what's missing while she's drawing a picture of the view outside her window. She goes out and returns with Lili, a new friend who fills the emptiness. Spiegel's softly colored watercolors are the perfect complement to the text, showing the transformation of both Rosa and her room. Rosa's facial expressions eloquently capture the feelings of a child who is unsure of her new surroundings, and are sure to resonate with children who have recently moved. A welcome addition sure to calm the worries of youngsters facing a similar situation. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561457762
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 1,031,199
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Bottner
Barbara Bottner is the author of more than 36 books. She lives in Los Angeles.

Michael Emberley has been writing and illustrating children’s books since 1979. He lives in Ireland.

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