Sitka Rose


Strap on your safety harness, because this tall tale is the wildest ride in the lower 48! Readers will experience the adventure of a lifetime as they follow Rose from Sitka Sound to Nome to the Northern Lights over the peaks of Denali.
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Strap on your safety harness, because this tall tale is the wildest ride in the lower 48! Readers will experience the adventure of a lifetime as they follow Rose from Sitka Sound to Nome to the Northern Lights over the peaks of Denali.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This 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.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A pseudo-tall tale written in verse, Sitka Rose will hold little appeal for readers in the lower 48 and not much more for those in Alaska. Gill's jumble of history (the gold rush) and geography (the formation of the Yukon River and Denali) may be intended to evoke the flavor of stories about Paul Bunyan, but Rose is an unconvincing character. Exaggeration is naturally a hallmark of fabulous stories, but there should be some internal logic to the preposterous claims. Cartwright's watercolor illustrations faithfully represent the action in the text, which doesn't add to the book's success.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Two long-time Alaska residents take the name of a local and beloved flower and give it to an outsized heroine in this awkwardly scanned, rhymed tall tale. "Not an inch of her was tame" goes the story of Sitka Rose, with her long flame-colored braids woven with wildflowers. Like most heroes, Sitka Rose could do fabulous things even as an infant, when she'd climb a spruce to see the sky before she could crawl. The image shows a grubby girl in a nest with fledgling eagles. She lassoed a whale to reach the Nome gold rush, left a trench filled by the Yukon River in her search for nuggets, and won a sled race by harnessing a grizzly bear and ten wolverines. The watercolors have both a slightly mystical bent and a gorgeous sunrise-over-the-mountains palette: the animals have almost-human expressions and Sitka Rose wears a wonderful pink plaid shirt, green breeches, hiking boots-and then there's that hair. Pair with Jerdine Nolen's Thunder Rose (2003) for tall-tale telling, female style. (map) (Picture book/tall tale. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570913648
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 323,232
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.05 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Author, adventurer, whale detective, pony wrangler, dog musher and all around fun hog, Shelley Gill lives her books! Shelley is the author of several children's books, including ALASKA, HAWAI'I, and SITKA ROSE. She was previously an editor at Alaska Woman magazine, and also worked as a reporter, editor, and publisher for the Frontiersman and Valley Sun newspapers in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Shelley lives with her family on a ridge above Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska.
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