PARSLEY SAGE, ROSEMARY AND TIME by Jane Louise Curry

PARSLEY SAGE, ROSEMARY AND TIME

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KIRKUS REVIEW

While visiting her freewheeling Aunt Sibby in Maine, Rosemary follows Sibby's cat Parsley Sage into a walled garden where mossy letters spell out on stones the four words of the title, and all living things except herself are suspended in mid-gesture when she touches the leaves of the thyme/time plant. But the implications of this marvelous opportunity are never pursued; instead Rosemary swallows a pinch of the herb and steps into colonial times, finding herself and another younger, modern day girl jailed as imps of the devil with sympathetic Goody Cakebread who is ""accused for a witch."" Rosemary returns (with the aid of Goody Cakebread's magic cupboard) to discover not only that a younger Aunt Sibby was her small companion on the journey but also that the diapered baby who was also along is now the handsome young man who arrives to buy back his ancestral home from Aunt Sibby and will no doubt stay on to share it. All of which is milder and less exotic than we might have expected even considering the poor pun it is based on -- but Rosemary's garden shimmers invitingly and the friends she makes from Parsley Sage on are uniformly welcoming.

Pub Date: March 12th, 1975
Page count: 108pp
Publisher: Atheneum