AUNT MARY’S ROSE by Douglas Wood


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Age Range: 4 - 8


A nostalgic trip through one family’s history centers around a hardy rose bush and Douglas, the little boy who is learning to care for it. Aunt Mary says the rose bush in her backyard has been in her family since before she was born. She cared for it just as her father asked her to, even uprooting and replanting it when the Depression forced them to move. Told through the sure, even voice of Aunt Mary, who raised her nephews Dick and Jim, Douglas’s father (“That’s what families do. They take care of each other”), Wood’s tender memoir paints a picture of one family through the generations. Pham’s sepia-toned colored watercolors, often painted to look like old-time photographs, extend the nostalgic feel and burst into full color when the story reaches Douglas’s childhood in what appears to be the ’50s. (Botanists will note that the shrub depicted is not the rugosa mentioned in the author’s jacket bio but an actual rose, likely to be more universally recognized by children.) Children will enjoy asking their grandparents about their lives after reading about Douglas’s extended family. A gentle slice of the past. (Picture book. 4-8) 

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7636-1090-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2010


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