The text is brief and reflects an inner city dialect. Yes, the grammar isn't "correct" but it is definitely authentic. I can hear Rose, her brother, and the bird man speaking exactly like this in their home environment.
The themes of seeing beauty in unexpected places and forming neighborhood relationships are both positive and heartwarming.
Rose dreams of beautiful gardens. She shares her dreams with an old man in a wheelchair who is feeding pigeons at the city park. He gives her some “magic” seeds and instructs her to place them on her concrete windowsill. In this colorful, beautifully illustrated picture book Rose discovers that seeds can grow a brightly colored garden in unexpected ways. This simple picture book is perfect for preschoolers.
Sharyn H. / Marathon County Public Library
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I'm not sure how to describe this book. I'm not sure if the message is look at the ugly and make it beautiful...or crazy people aren't necessarily crazy? It has remnants of fairy tale/fable elements but I felt the storyline did not quite connect. The art almost overshadows the story itself as I was more interested to how the book was illustrated than about the story at all!