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Rosy's Garden: A Child's Keepsake of Flowers

Rosy's Garden: A Child's Keepsake of Flowers

by Satomi Ichikawa, Elizabeth Laird

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An attractive compendium of flower lore framed within a simple story, this book by Ichikawa ( Dance, Tanya ) should appeal to practicing gardening enthusiasts and lovers of plants and flowers. During Rosy's summer-long visit to Granny's country house, she is introduced to all manner of blooming things, from roses to cherry trees. She learns how to identify herbs (and how to make ``herby sandwiches''); the hallmarks of a Spanish garden (flowers there are ``bigger, and bolder, and brighter'' than Granny's); and how flowers have been celebrated in poetry (e.g., by Robert Burns). The illustrator's hand, though horticulturally sure, renders Granny and her beloved ``Chief Assistant'' in a somewhat static style. All ages. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- The garden of the title actually belongs to ``Granny,'' with whom Rosy spends a happy summer as ``Chief Assistant,'' learning about flowers and their folklore and uses. One of the things Rosy learns is how to make potpourri, and that word best describes this book. Grandmother's reminiscences, flower poems, some history and legends of individual flowers, the meanings of their names, and a few recipes are scattered randomly throughout, seemingly as a vehicle for Ichikawa's beautiful, botanically correct watercolors. The total effect is an unfocused but pretty book of limited use. --Carolyn Jenks, Oyster River Elementary School, Durham, NH

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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Edition description:
1st American ed
Product dimensions:
10.36(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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