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Rosie to the Rescue
     

Rosie to the Rescue

by Bethany Roberts, Kay Chorao (Illustrator)
 

A brave little squirrel transforms her fears into a reassuring, heroic adventure.

“What if . . . what if . . . a tiger ate them?”

Aunt Lily’s eyes opened wide.

“Eaten by a tiger? What an awful thought!”

“But I would rescue them,” said Rosie.

“I would chase that tiger

Overview

A brave little squirrel transforms her fears into a reassuring, heroic adventure.

“What if . . . what if . . . a tiger ate them?”

Aunt Lily’s eyes opened wide.

“Eaten by a tiger? What an awful thought!”

“But I would rescue them,” said Rosie.

“I would chase that tiger until he let them free.”

Rosie is worried. Why aren’t her parents home yet? The reassuring, heroic text and fun-filled illustrations address one of children’s biggest fears while celebrating one little squirrel’s bravery.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A small squirrel with a big imagination plays a rousing game of "what if" in Roberts's (Halloween Mice!) reassuring picture book about a common childhood fear. In the care of Aunt Lily, Rosie wants to know when her parents will be home. The answer, "soon," does not satisfy her: Rosie dreams up all manner of elaborate scenarios that might keep Mother and Father away, possibly forever ("What if something happened? What if... a tiger ate them?"). In a twist on the tried-and-true Runaway Bunny formula, it is Rosie, not the adult, who provides the antidote. Aunt Lily serves as an encouraging listener ("Eaten by a tiger? What an awful thought!"), allowing Rosie room to surmount each imagined obstacle ("But I would rescue them.... I would chase that tiger until he let them free"). Chorao's (Little Farm by the Sea) playful compositions-a blend of candy-colored gouache, pencil, pen and ink-alternate between small-ish views of Rosie's warm and comforting surroundings and larger pictures of her high-energy fantasies. Just this side of scary, the artwork keeps perfect pace with Rosie's (er, Roberts's) tall-tale telling. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Dealing with a common preschooler fear, this amusing book will hit the spot with apprehensive youngsters. Rosie the squirrel worries that her mother and father won't come home. She asks her Aunt Lily, "What if something happened? What if- what if- a tiger ate them?" And then she answers her own question: "But I would rescue them-. I would chase that tiger until he let them free." After several scary speculations about her parents' fate, all solved by Rosie, the two return-exactly on time. Chorao's gouache, colored-pencil, and pen-and-ink illustrations are full of humor and action, and bursting with color. The intrepid, endearing heroine is shown coping with every imaginary emergency with insouciance as her aunt admires her bravery.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The wait for Mother and Father to get home can seem eternal for a young preschooler, but Rosie uses her imagination to help her courageously pass the time with babysitter, Aunt Lily. The long afternoon drags on and shortly before parents are due to return, Rosie envisions disaster. "What if something happened? What if . . . what if . . . a tiger ate them?" Her inventive mind creates one outrageous scenario after another, explaining to Aunt Lily her resourceful, brave solutions that she herself will employ. Rosie will come to the rescue by chasing the tiger away. Kidnapped by a giant bird and thrown into the sea? No problem, Rosie will sail a ship to save them. Each episode becomes more and more outlandish as Aunt Lily playacts her fearful, nail-biting reactions, all the while encouraging Rosie's brave, strong, undaunted, devoted "love conquers all" attitude. Chorao (Up and Down With Kate, 2002, etc.) delightfully complements Roberts's (Birthday Mice!, 2002, etc.) yarn with pen-and-ink, colored-pencil, and gouache drawings of a squirrel family whose loveable, expressive features offset the comically exaggerated, frightful looks of Rosie's imaginary characters as each scene builds on the previous calamity across every vibrant double-page spread. And just 25 minutes after Rosie's initial concern, a hug-filled and joyous reunion happens as Mother and Father return "right on time." Soothing, playful, and fun. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805064865
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.46(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Bethany Roberts has written more than fifteen picture books for children, including The Wind’s Garden and the ever-popular stories about mice and holiday celebration, starting with Halloween Mice! Ms. Roberts teaches creative writing. She lives with her family in Hamden, Connecticut.

Kay Chorao has written and/or illustrated more than seventy books for children, including Grayboy and Pig and Crow. She and her husband live in New York City and spend their summers in Jamesport, Long Island.

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