Wild Rose's Weaving

Wild Rose's Weaving

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by Ginger Churchill, Nicole Wong

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Rose’s grandmother wants to teach Rose how to weave, but Rose is enjoying the beautiful day outside far too much to come in and learn. It is not until Grandma shows Rose how she has woven the elements of nature into her rug, that Rose wants to create a rug of her own. But now Grandma has spied a rainbow. Hand in hand, she and Rose head outside, and the next


Rose’s grandmother wants to teach Rose how to weave, but Rose is enjoying the beautiful day outside far too much to come in and learn. It is not until Grandma shows Rose how she has woven the elements of nature into her rug, that Rose wants to create a rug of her own. But now Grandma has spied a rainbow. Hand in hand, she and Rose head outside, and the next day, that rainbow reappears in Rosie's own rug.

Just as the grandmother teaches Rose to weave the beauty of nature into her rugs, so the author weaves into this story the themes of creativity, the interplay of art and life, and the important gifts that are handed down through generations of women.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Churchill's (Carmen's Sticky Scab) earnest testimony to the joy of creating art follows Wild Rose, who'd rather be outside exploring than learning how to weave with Grandma ("Wild Rose ran through the meadow. She kicked up dust and spooked the sheep. This has got to be better than weaving, she thought"). Inevitably, Grandma's work draws her in, and when she asks to be taught, Grandma has a smart reply: "Not now. Now I'm busy." Wild Rose's conversion, once Grandma explains the significance of the rug she's made, feels believable ("We come from the earth, we reach for the sky," Grandma says, "playing and growing in sunshine and storms"). Yet while her new discipline is a lovely step toward maturity, pitting the lure of the outdoors against the loom seems like a hard choice. Wong's (Only One Year) sympathies sometimes work crosswise to Churchill's message; in one of the strongest spreads, Wild Rose is seen with Grandma's flock of sheep, tiny figures adrift in an ocean of grass under massing thunderclouds. Despite Grandma's wisdom, some readers may feel that this is where the real magic lies. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Heather Christensen
Rose's grandma offers to teach her how to weave, but like most children her age, Rose would much rather run and play. While she runs through the meadow, scares the sheep, and plays in the creek, Grandma sets up her loom and weaves a pattern that is a reflection of the natural world that Rose plays in. When the rug is completed Rose recognizes its beauty and is finally ready to learn the weaver's art. An author's note comments about this art, which can be found in many countries and cultures around the world. Wong's bright watercolor illustrations are full of movement—Wild Rose dances with the wind and sheep, flowers fly in a spring breeze, even Grandma seems to dance in place as she weaves in front of a window. Though the story is at times overshadowed by the somewhat pedantic message about the joys of weaving, readers will appreciate the intergenerational relationship between the granddaughter and grandmother. Combine this with Tomie de Paola's Charlie Needs a Cloak or—by Anita Lobel for a storytime about weaving. Reviewer: Heather Christensen
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A charmingly illustrated picture book about a young girl who comes to appreciate the importance of family traditions. Grandma wants to teach Rose to weave, but the child has other plans. Accompanied by a pet sheep, she splashes in the river, dances in the wind, and frolics in the rain, as vibrant pen and watercolor illustrations bring her actions to life. Then, after seeing the colorful rug Grandma has created, Wild Rose understands how rewarding learning from her can be. Several spreads of landscapes establish a wide-open, bucolic setting with Wild Rose, Grandma, and their flock of sheep as its only inhabitants. Soft-hued greens, yellows, and blues make this potentially desolate backdrop feel familiar and inviting, even during a brief thunderstorm. Visible pen strokes add texture to the setting, such as the rolling hills or the furnishings of Grandma's cottage. Fun background details—the sheep briefly sporting one of Rose's scarves, Grandma's cat unraveling balls of yarn—will enchant readers. The narrative skillfully employs repetition, like Wild Rose's refrain of "This has got to be better than weaving" as she amuses herself outdoors. However, Grandma's speech about weaving borders on preachy: "A rug is not just a rug….It's a picture of life." This heavy-handed message about the deeper meaning of the craft won't resonate with children, but the warm, appealing illustrations will keep them engaged.—Mahnaz Dar, formerly at Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City
Kirkus Reviews

Preachy and predictable, this well-intentioned effort tries too hard to convey the joy and value of creativity.

Wild Rose (her name, not a descriptor plus her name) would rather frolic in the fields with the woolly white sheep than watch her grandmother weave. She revels in the oncoming storm, dances in the rain and wades in the water,rejecting each of her grandmother's calls to come learn how to make a rug. Grandma starts (and, improbably enough, finishes) her rug in the time Wild Rose spends outdoors. Its beauty achieves what her entreaties have not—now Wild Rose wants to learn. Stilted and abstract, the text fails to enliven the slight plot. When Wild Rose is won over, it's because she looked at the rug and "saw life in its colors [and] felt peace in its pattern." Wong's illustrations, which appear to be a mix of pen and ink and watercolor, feature simply drawn figures and spare settings. They are attractive but fail to bring the characters to life. Some details suggest that perhaps Wild Rose and her grandmother are Native American, which could add interest and authenticity, but unfortunately this remains unclear.

Ultimately, neither the subject matter nor the presentation is likely to engage young listeners' interest; they'd be better off following Wild Rose's example and playing outside. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

Tanglewood Press IN
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Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Wild Rose's Weaving 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Mymcbooks More than 1 year ago
My Review: When Grandma called out to Rose Wild to come learn how to weave, Wild Rose said she was too busy and ran out of the house. She spooked the sheep, saw the lightning flash, and splashed in the tiny rivers. “This is so much better than weaving she thought.” Even though her grandma asks her again and again to come and learn how to weave, Wild Rose would rather play than learn how to weave. When Wild Rose finally came in and saw that her grandma has finished the rug, she saw life in its colors. This is an interesting story about a grandparent wanting to pass on a generational skill to her grandchild. The illustrations by Nicole Wong are beautifully with the use of soft pastels to bring the story to life. Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
This truly beautiful story speaks about two very specific subjects. One is the amazing art form of weaving, while the other is about dreams, and how you can find absolute beauty and excitement in life as well as in your mind. Rose is a young girl who literally does not want to sit inside and weave with her grandmother on a fantastic day that offers sunshine, rainbows, play, and fun. She wants to see that outside world where she can run like the wind over the green grass, and hear the thunder and see the lightning coming across the field. She wants to play with the sheep and live every minute with the new things she can see and experience. So when Grandma says come learn how to weave, Rose simply says she¿s busy (or ignores Grandma completely and rushes outside), claiming that her way MUST be better than weaving. Of course, Grandma is proving that weaving holds the same type of adventure. Through her loom and her imagination she can make those scenes outside come alive within her mind. She, too, can run with the sheep, have her bones ¿tickled¿ by the rumbles of thunder, and experience everything young Rose is by using her creativity. Now Rose finally does come around little by little and learns how to see life in her grandmother¿s colorful yarn, as well as feel the ¿peace in its pattern¿ and finds out that she really does want to learn the magic of the art form. Unfortunately, Grandma is a bit busy as well, so Rose also learns a powerful lesson and sees a stunning way of life that she never even knew existed - the life inside her imagination. The author has written a beautiful portrayal of proving that life exists in all different forms, and that learning something new and inspiring is a good thing - something that our elders can pass along to us - the art of weaving that actually comes from centuries past. And the illustrator is truly wonderful, as the colorful pictures jump directly off the page and will thrill your child! Quill Says: A fantastic job of introducing an art form to youngsters, and proving that ¿colors and patterns¿ are everywhere! A great children¿s book!
KidLitWriter More than 1 year ago
In Wild Rose's Weaving Grandma wants to teach Wild Rose how to weave on a loom. Wild Rose has other things she wants to do. Grandma wants to show Wild Rose how to "warp the loom," work the sticks and the back and forth, in and out, of weaving but Wild Rose has so many better things to do than learn how to weave. Outside a storm began and by the time that storm ended and Wild Rose had played her day away, Grandma had finished the rug she was weaving without her granddaughter. Wild Rose looks at the finished rug and wonders how grandma put so much into it. Wild Rose saw life in the rug and felt peace just looking at it and now wanted to know how grandma had woven the rug, apparently to life. Grandma compares her day with that of Wild Rose's day outdoors and the rain shower. Now Wild Rose wants to learn to weave but grandma is now busy. She will teach Wild Rose how to weave tomorrow but right now, Grandma wants Wild Rose to dance with her in the rainbow. Anyone who has ever tried teaching a busy child a new thing will commiserate with Grandma. If you love to weave, you will like this story even more. This is a simple story of differing needs and passing on a heritage. The illustrations are in pastels and convey a feeling of warmth. Rose is a typical child with a good imagination and too many things to do. Little girls will love reading this story at bedtime with mom. Note: received from netgalley, courtesy of the publisher