SITKA ROSE by Shelley Gill

SITKA ROSE

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Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Two long-time Alaska residents take the name of a local and beloved flower and give it to an outsized heroine in this awkwardly scanned, rhymed tall tale. “Not an inch of her was tame” goes the story of Sitka Rose, with her long flame-colored braids woven with wildflowers. Like most heroes, Sitka Rose could do fabulous things even as an infant, when she’d climb a spruce to see the sky before she could crawl. The image shows a grubby girl in a nest with fledgling eagles. She lassoed a whale to reach the Nome gold rush, left a trench filled by the Yukon River in her search for nuggets, and won a sled race by harnessing a grizzly bear and ten wolverines. The watercolors have both a slightly mystical bent and a gorgeous sunrise-over-the-mountains palette: the animals have almost-human expressions and Sitka Rose wears a wonderful pink plaid shirt, green breeches, hiking boots—and then there’s that hair. Pair with Jerdine Nolen’s Thunder Rose (2003) for tall-tale telling, female style. (map) (Picture book/tall tale. 5-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-57091-353-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Charlesbridge
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2005




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