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Wanda's Roses

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  51 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
When Wanda discovers a thornbush growing in an empty lot, she's quite sure it's a rosebush ready to bloom. So she clears away the trash, checks on it every day, and brings water from the butcher shop across the street. But no roses appear. Wanda's neighbors and friends are all doubtful, but when she invites them to a tea party in her "rose garden" one day in June, they're ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Boyds Mills Press (first published May 1st 1994)
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May 21, 2014 Gianna rated it liked it
-The premise of the story is about a little girl that discovers a thornbush growing in a dirty lot and believes it is a rosebush. She checks on it everyday waiting for it to bloom, cleans the lot so it can get as much sun as possible and waters the thornbush. She has a lot of faith and dedication to help that plant grow.

-2nd grade

-The illustrations helped enhance the book

-I think kids would find this story interesting

-I'd say a 6/10 because this book just showed a lot of faith in something that
Nov 07, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story about faith, hope, and hard work. When Wanda's "rosebush" fails to produce the expected precious flowers, she creates her own roses and inspires those around her.
Apr 28, 2011 Christy rated it liked it
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Wanda sees a thorny bush in an abandoned lot and thinks it’s a rosebush. She cleans up the lot trying to get the rose to bloom. While cleaning up, various neighbors support her efforts.

Themes: community service, planning/dreaming, interdependence, perseverance
May 27, 2014 Meg rated it really liked it
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Loved this story and the inventive ending - shows how someone's vision can bring out people's new ideas and their community spirit, in service of connecting with each other and building a better world.
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Apr 02, 2011 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it really liked it
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One little girl is determined against all odds to see a thorny bush bloom with roses. Enough so that she gets a surprise from all her neighbors just as she attempts to give them a surprise.
Jul 02, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it
A lovely story about a girl taking care of a dead bush that she believes to be a rose bush but also about taking care of your neighborhood and each other.
Feb 26, 2007 Robin rated it it was amazing
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Nice book on ecology and caring about your environment for children. Artwork is well done, and it doesn't get boring when you've read it a few dozen times.
Jul 27, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
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A cute story about a community coming together and taking an abandoned lot and renewing the space.
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I have been writing picture books and easy-to-read chapter books for the last twenty years. My first YA, The Best and Hardest Thing, a novel in verse, will be coming out in May 2010.

I am a former elementary school teacher, school librarian and reference librarian in a public library. I now write full-time and do author visits to schools.

My husband and I have four grown sons. We live in Phillipsbu
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