The English Roses

The English Roses


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The English Roses by Madonna; more than 500,000 copies sold! An inspiring story about the importance of compassion and the rewards of friendship in a new 15th Anniversary Edition in a Beautiful Larger Format.

Madonna's The English Roses is a story of rivalry and friendship among schoolgirls in contemporary London. Four girls—Nicole, Amy, Charlotte, and Grace—are eleven years old and the very best of friends. They have sleepovers, picnics and ice-skating parties that exclude Binah, a beautiful girl whose seemingly perfect life makes them "green with envy." However, when a feisty, pumpernickel-loving fairy godmother takes them on a magical journey, they learn to their great surprise that Binah's life is not nearly as enviable as it had seemed.

This tale is cleverly told, with many teaspoonfuls of good humor. Children and adults alike engage with this story that celebrates friendship as much as it teaches compassion. Jeffrey Fulvimari's illustrations are no less than stunning—they fill every page with vivacious black ink lines and gorgeous watercolor reminiscent of 1960s fashion sketches.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780935112108
Publisher: Callaway Arts & Entertainment
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Series: English Roses Series , #1
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 206,681
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 10 Years

About the Author

Madonna is an American singer, songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and global cultural icon. Since the beginning of her career, she has had an immense social-cultural impact on the world through her recordings, attitude, clothing, and lifestyle. Called the "Queen of Pop," Madonna is not only known as one of the most influential woman in music and one of the most iconic female recording artists of all time, but also as one of the greatest pop icons of all time.

Jeffrey Fulvimari began his career in illustration in New York City. He is most notably known for winning a 1995 Grammy Award for Best CD Package (Ella Fitzgerald, The Complete Songbooks), and illustrating the bestselling children's book series, The English Roses with the one and only Madonna. He has collaborated with many top brands and fashion designers and has a line of leather accessories, bath goods, stationery and bath/beach apparel in Japan. His cheeky fashionistas, patterns, and prints have appeared in galleries and publications and on products worldwide.


Q&A with Madonna

Q: You've said that although you'd envisioned yourself doing many things in your life, writing children's books was never one of them. Why did you decide to write a series of books for kids? And why now?

Madonna: For two reasons:
I have two children now, and they are a source of great inspiration for me.
I am on my own spiritual path and have learned a great many things. Among them is the importance of sharing and the desire to enlighten others. Children are naturally open and expansive, so I thought I would start sharing what I have learned with them first.

Q: You've described this [The English Roses] as a book about jealousy and envy and how these emotions cause so much unnecessary suffering in our lives. Was there anything in particular from your own experiences, as a child or an adult, which made this an especially relevant subject for you to explore?

Madonna: As a child I experienced jealousy and envy towards other girls for any number of reasons: I was jealous they had mothers, jealous they were prettier or richer. It isn't until you grow up that you realize what a waste of time those feelings are. I now, of course, experience the reverse, with people either being jealous of me and being unkind as a result, or little girls being jealous of my daughter and alienating her.

Q: You say your daughter was very helpful in the process of creating this book and in letting you know when it was finished. How so?

Madonna: She was very involved in the creative process. She told me when the story was boring. She asked for the girls to do particular activities (her favorite things to do) and she helped me choose illustrators.

Q:What were your favorite books when you were a child?

Madonna: The Giving Tree, Charlotte's Web, Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Secret Garden.

Q: Is there a common theme that ties the five books together?

Madonna: Each book deals with issues that all children confront:
Overcoming obstacles
Learning not to judge people
The power of our words

Hopefully there is a lesson in each book that will help kids turn painful or scary situations into learning experiences.

Q: In 1992, you shocked the literary world with your photo essay, Sex. This is clearly a publishing foray at the other end of the spectrum. What runs through your mind when you think of the journey you've traveled from then to now and the arc of your life that falls between these two very different literary projects? How have you changed?

Madonna: The journey I have traveled between my Sex book and now is too vast and complex to define in a few sentences. Suffice it to say that I see the world and my responsibility to it in a very different way.

Q: You've said most people think you've made a career out of doing the unexpected without, as you've said in earlier interviews, "thinking too deeply about the consequences." What changed for you that made you begin to think about the consequences of your actions?

Madonna: Having children set off a chain reaction of asking questions and looking for answers. I found answers when I began to study Kabbalah seven and a half years ago. I realized that there was, and continues to be, a reaction in the world to all of my words and my actions, good and bad. I felt the implications of personal and global Karma.

Q: You've achieved great success in so many different areas: as a savvy businesswoman and as an artist in music, videos, films, television, live performances, and so on. How was the experience of writing these children's books different from your experience preparing or a new album or video? And how does the satisfaction you feel from writing children's books differ from the satisfaction you've felt in those other arenas?

Madonna: Because I am donating all of my proceeds to charity, I knew when I began writing that every penny I earned would be used to help children. I was liberated, and my creativity was not motivated by ego or greed for the first time in my life.

Q: What's the most important lesson kids need to learn today about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness?

Madonna: The most important lesson kids can learn is that we all are connected to each other on a soul level and we need to learn to love and care for our fellow man, no matter what! That our thoughts, words, and actions really do affect other people around us. That changing the world starts with a thought. That love really does conquer all.

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The English Roses 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing it has everything a girl need from clique,to exclusion, to a girl's life!!! The whole series is amazing!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It is such a great experiance for young children like me! I can't wait to get my hands on the second book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!It was so awesome!If you have a chance to buy this book go for It.I loved this book so so so so so so much.the so's go on forever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter loved this book so much, as I believe she empathized with one of the characters. When she found out that Madonna had written more books, she immediately begged for all of them. English Roses is a very fun book, well illustrated which keeps young girls attention. More importantly, it teaches a great moral lesson about not judging a book by its cover. In today's society, cliques are a major problem for girls in grade schools and beyond. Many young girls are hurt emotionally by being excluded. This book made my daughter think a great deal about cliques in her school and how she should deal with the issue. That makes this a very valuable book. The School Counselor agreed so much she allowed us to purchase a copy to be placed permanently in the School Library. Thanks, Madonna!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is a must for every classroom teacher! I use this book over and over to teach my students about character education and to discuss bullying and differences. I love the voice, pictures and ideas in this book! Way to go Madonna!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I honestly can't understand how anyone could give this book 5 stars. The only good thing going for Madonna's books are the illustrations (not done by her). Her content is often shallow and, particularly in this book, cliquish. There is a reason it's unlikely they will receive the Newbury Award for Children's Literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first time I saw this book, I really love the illustration. It was very colorful and could catch children to eye on it. After I read, I found that Madonna was very good at being mom and writer from simple themes in the story, the importance of friendship and be satisfied of what you have and what you are. Moreover, she used a classic way of children¿s literature to give morals, a fairy God mother. I think moms should give their children this book in order to implant the greatest things of human being (as shown in the major themes) that has to live with other people in the society. Let¿s try it once, you will love it and your kids also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
bought this book for a gift, but I read it before I placed it in the giftbox. I love the pictures but even better the story. I felt that this book is a great addition to any children library. The pictures are really beautiful and the message is one in which every child can relate to. I couldn't believe that such a great book was written by the 'material girl'. Way to go Madonna, and I can not wait to read the next books in her series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is not a only a tale for children but for adults as well .
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was not a Madonna fan, when she first came on the scene. I saw her on the Oprah show and really changed my 'tune'. I was VERY impressed with this lovely book, I bought it for my grand-daughter, who is 5, and now it is her favorite book to read when she visits. The moral to this story is so true, everyone should read and comprehend its tru meaning. I have now purchased the book about the boy and the apples, this one is for my grandsons. Thank you Madonna for a GREAT book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madonna really changed my opion on these kind of books. She stood up to the world and showed what she could do! She can so anything now and I am so proud! I can't wait to read other books of hers! I felt like a new person after reading this book. If you read it, I know you will too! My heart has gone into this book and will never fall out. I'm planning to give it to my niece! I loved this book, I hope you do to! I give this book a five star review!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have 8 grandchildren, 4 boys and 4 girls. I want all my girls to have this book. It is fabulous, the artwork is wonderful, the story a little over their heads for now, but a good life lesson to learn about. Good Job Madonna..
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great book. I'm very excited about the series that Madonna is writing. I want to collect them all and give them to my granddaughters. The story is a good life lesson teacher and the illustrations are wonderful and different, turning to the next page is done with great anticipation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a grandmother, I must admit I wasn't sure about this book for my children, so I bought it and read it before passing on to my grandchildren. I LOVED THE BOOK... I was pleasantly surprised and very impressed with the lesson. I am now buying the next and will continue to buy all her children books. Thank you Madonna for a lesson in judging a book by its cover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my 6 year old daughter. IT is so worth it for any mom trying to convey in words that you never know what is happening in someone else's life. I look forward to buying the series for my daughter. Well done Madonna. You have written a timeless story
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book a lot. It is so cool! I always wanted it. Since I have to have a new book for school and reading it out loud to the class, I have to get that book. That's why I need this book for reading it out loud to the class. I just love it!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No! No! No! Please no, I am glad that I had a boy and not a girl, is this what childrens books have become? Is this what were headed to? I could not find words to just, I don't know....SAY.....why I dont like this book, I think Polly Shulman puts it best: Its author aside, The English Roses is a dull little thing, though not incompetent. Madonna does understand the basic structure of storytelling¿perhaps too well. Cliché follows cliché. Her only unusual move is to tell the Cinderella story from the stepsisters' point of view. But she makes the jealous meanies so passive that they might as well be good: All they really do is respond to lectures about virtue. They're not out there twisting anyone's hair. And the central lesson is muddled and implausible. For one thing, judging by the sugary pictures, Binah is barely distinguishable from the original four Roses¿except for hair color, skin color, and eye color, they're identical: all skinny and chicly dressed, with almond-shaped eyes and no noses. It's hard to imagine what the other four see to envy in Binah. In any case, Madonna's answer is not to show that envy is bad but to suggest that people who look as though they have it all are secretly miserable. What about pretty, lucky little girls whose fathers don't neglect them and make them scale fish¿is it OK to ostracize them? In my experience, pretty little girls have plenty of friends. Other girls might envy them, but they seek them out anyway, hoping (perhaps) that the pretty will rub off on them. Madonna's publishers must be banking on this very phenomenon¿otherwise, why would they have published this book?
books5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a charming book with great pictures.
hatterluke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very Poorly Written. Someone who should stick to singing!
afrusten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Friendship is in the english roses hands. But they are so jellaus
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tchrreader More than 1 year ago
Those are good books my favorite are the big ones. All these girls are like fighting over boys all the time. I love them they are by my favorite singer, Madonna. They can get in fights like real life friends and they talk about the differences they have and how they come to terms with being friends together. I love this series and you will too. There are lots of books in the series but I read them quickly because they are fun and entertaining. You will like to read these books- give it a try!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my daughter who is 10 can totally relate to this book. it's very real. dealing with friends, getting along with friends especially when a child is in a new environment. good lessons are learned from this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago