Rosy's Visitors

Rosy's Visitors

by Judy Hindley, Helen Craig
     
 

It’s moving day for Rosy, who is setting out to find a whole new house, just for her. With blanket and books and toys and all of her favorite things in tow, she comes upon the perfect place - right in her backyard. Soon she’s made a sign and bell and a well-marked path to the door . . . but where are the visitors?

Welcome to a party unlike any

Overview

It’s moving day for Rosy, who is setting out to find a whole new house, just for her. With blanket and books and toys and all of her favorite things in tow, she comes upon the perfect place - right in her backyard. Soon she’s made a sign and bell and a well-marked path to the door . . . but where are the visitors?

Welcome to a party unlike any other, with guests of all manner and species singing and dancing and feasting and having a wonderful time. Judy Hindley breezily ushers readers inside a child’s secret world, while enchanting illustrations by Helen Craig bring that world’s intricate details to life.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Hindley (Does a Cow Say Boo?, reviewed May 13) and Craig (the Angelina books) pay playful tribute to a child's imagination. Carrying her blanket and pillow and pulling a wagon filled with toys, Rosy announces, "Today is moving day. I'm going to find myself a whole new house." By the next spread she has located "a perfect house," which Craig presents as an immense hollow tree. After settling in, she creates a path to her door and hangs a bell in hopes that visitors will soon arrive. Then, gazing through a spyglass, Rosy views the hazy outline of a kingdom, its fanciful spires and onion-shaped domes visible in the distance. The visitors stream toward her, rendered by Craig as a parade of fairies tiny folk astride flying birds and gaily hued bugs, animals and elaborately costumed youngsters all bearing housewarming gifts, goodies to eat and garlands of flowers. Rosy's toys spring to life to enjoy the festivities as the guests assemble inside the magically enlarged tree house. A simple yet sweet tale, with straightforward text counterpointing the make-believe of the visuals. Ages 3-6. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
What child wouldn't like to pack up her favorite things and find a special place for herself like Rosy's? After she has everything ready, Rosy hopes for visitors. And what a wonderful assortment from her imagination she entertains! Then it's time to pack up again to be home in time for supper. The simple story leaves room for every child's fantasy party. Craig's vision is gently reminiscent of British fairy tale tradition. Tiny folk and butterflies mingle in a pastel environment of positive pleasure. Various-size colored pencil and watercolor illustrations of our appealing and active heroine are framed as if set off from the world of reality. 2002, Candlewick Press,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Pictures detailed with trees, flowers, and woodland animals grace this story of a child who fills her wagon with toys and goes in search of a new home. She sets up house in a hollow tree and entertains imaginary visitors from a fairy-tale land. At the end of the day, Rosy packs up and goes home, "just in time for supper." The homecoming seems like the end of Where the Wild Things Are, without the misbehavior. Young children will feel comforted by the peaceful story with its toys that come to life and merry visitors. They may also recognize the spyglass that hangs around Rosy's neck as a cardboard tube tied with string, a popular craft. The brown-ink print complements the colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations, creating a sweet, gentle mood.-Laurie von Mehren, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An intrepid tot with a yen for independence sets out to establish an abode of her own. With toys and other essentials in tow, young Rosy ventures into the wide world of her backyard in search of a new house. The hollowed-out base of a massive tree serves her purpose perfectly and she is soon bustling about in domestic bliss. Hindley (Does a Cow Say Boo?, above, etc.) deftly expresses a child's delight in secret places, cozy nooks, and role-play. " �This is my house; it's mine, all mine!' [Rosy] . . . sang." With her home set to rights, she eagerly awaits the pleasure of all happy hostesses: guests. Searching beyond the denizens of her backyard and far off into her imagination, Rosy soon spies a jovial crush of visitors en route. Craig's (Soggy Saturday, 2001, etc.) watercolor-and-pencil illustrations imbue the tale with a hearty dose of whimsy. As Rosy progresses further into her imaginary world, Craig's pastel-hued pictures become increasingly detailed, culminating in the party scene where fanciful figures of every type mingle together in the merry-making. Rosy's fey creatures include winged fairies bearing flower garlands, lumbering, book-loving bears, and more. When the revelers depart, a fatigued but contented Rosy packs up her things and returns to warmth and security of her parent's home. Young readers will be captivated by this visually intriguing and marvelously imaginative tale. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763617691
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
06/01/1902
Edition description:
1ST US
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Judy Hindley was brought up in California, the eldest of six children who all delighted in stories, books, and jokes. "One of our favorite activities was making little camps and getaway places," she recalls. "But we never imagined a set of visitors as wonderful as Rosy’s." Judy Hindley’s picture books include THE BIG RED BUS, THE BEST THING ABOUT A PUPPY, and THE PERFECT LITTLE MONSTER.

Helen Craig is the illustrator of many books for children, including the best-selling Angelina books, This Is the Bear series, and the Bonnie Bumble books. About ROSY'S VISITORS she says, "I really loved illustrating this book, though I had to dig deep into my imagination to find out who the visitors were going to be!"

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