Roses for Gita

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Gita misses her grandmother Naniji back in India, and especially her beautiful garden. Her new yard now is just boring grass. Through a broken section of fence she can see the lush garden of mean old Mr. Flinch next door, and makes her long for Naniji's garden with its vibrant colors, twisty paths, and surprise corners. But nearsighted Mr. Flinch snaps at her when he catches her looking over the fence and even thinks she's a boy! When Gita hears him playing his fiddle in his garden one morning, she decides to try...
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Overview

Gita misses her grandmother Naniji back in India, and especially her beautiful garden. Her new yard now is just boring grass. Through a broken section of fence she can see the lush garden of mean old Mr. Flinch next door, and makes her long for Naniji's garden with its vibrant colors, twisty paths, and surprise corners. But nearsighted Mr. Flinch snaps at her when he catches her looking over the fence and even thinks she's a boy! When Gita hears him playing his fiddle in his garden one morning, she decides to try to make friends. The old man and the young girl discover that their shared love of music and growing things overcomes differences in age and culture.

A Canadian Children's Book Centre Selection (1996)

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Editorial Reviews

Quill & Quire
This is a lovely, gentle book.... {It's] about the adjustment of one immigrant child, but it is also about the importance of beauty in life and the ability of kindness to overcome isolation and fear.
Quill & Quire
This is a lovely, gentle book...about the importance of beauty in life and the ability of kindness to overcome isolation and fear.
Children's Literature
Gita misses her grandmother and her grandmother's garden far away in India. She plans to make a garden in her new home that is just like grandmother's. But, her mother is too busy to help her; and while the next-door neighbor has a beautiful garden, he has no use for neighbor children. How Gita makes her dream become reality is a story of persistence, creativity and overcoming the obstacles that accompany preconceived notions. This is a lovely story with equally lovely full-color illustrations. The Indian ethnicity that pervades the story adds just the right exotic touch. 2001, Tilbury House, $7.95. Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Judy Katsh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780884482246
  • Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Edition description: U.S. PBK.
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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