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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)
Posted January 15, 2012
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.
Posted November 10, 2011
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 6, 2011
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