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Children's LiteratureThis tall tale is unevenly written, with verses that detract from a clever story of an Alaskan female folk hero. The choppy lines and forced rhyme result in vocabulary and figures of speech that are confusing; for example, "crowds near Nome made her itch" to justify Rose's "hopes of striking it rich." The infrequent meaning of "boar" as a male mammal is used for the grizzly bear that leads the sled of wolverines "to soar." Interspersing prose rather than telling the entire story in awkward poetry would have enhanced the clever illustrations of well-drawn, friendly animals and birds, including an eagle that provides continuity and supports Rose's adventures. Even the mean wolverines have a charm! 2005, Charlesbridge, Ages 4 to 8.
—Mary Bowman-Kruhm, Ph.D.