FIREROSE by Susan Jeschke


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A doorstep baby girl who happens to have a green tail, a fortune teller named Zora who tries to make little Firerose like her unusual appendage, a magic cat who advises Zora on the matter, and a dragon, born the same day as Firerose but without a tail, who is fixed up with hers in an offstage operation after Firerose and Zora journey to Dragon City for the exchange: Jeschke assembles a novel cast with an unusual problem, but it is solved after all with disappointing and unhelpful ease, and though her pencil drawings feature a realistically frumpy, down-at-the-jowl Zora and a few adept dragons, the little girl's twisted, sideways glance on every page (whether the mouth is turned up or down) becomes an annoying tag.

Pub Date: March 12th, 1974
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston