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Rosie Sprout's Time to Shine by Allison Wortche
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Mar 12, 12

bookshelves: picture-book, school

In Rosie Sprout's class there is one person who is the best at EVERYTHING. And it isn't Rosie. It is Violet. Rosie gets sick of how Violet is always the best, and worst of all she is always telling everyone how she is the best. So when they plant pea plants and put their pots in the back of the classroom by the window, Rosie decides she will do something. When Violet doesn't show up for school one day Rosie covers Violet's plant with extra soil. Then the guilt sets in. Later she uncovers the plant and then decides to take care of both plants while Violet's out with the chicken pox. When Violet comes back she is both pleased and a little surprised that her plant is the tallest--along with Rosie's. After a quiet "thank you" she goes begins boasting again. And the teacher (who told Rosie she was the best gardener she has ever had in her class) smiles at Rosie.


I like how this book explores the nature of friendship in a elementary school classroom setting. In the illustrations there are plent of ways that Violet sure looks like "the best" but there are many illustrations that show that she is a loud, exuberent girl that could make others feel a little overwhelmed. The illustrations also perfectly portray the quite, detail-oriented Rosie. Since I know many youngsters who often feel frustrated that they can't be the "best" at something or other (or often times "anything"), it is nice to see how Rosie discovers that she can not only be good at something...she can be a good friend while being good at something. I like it!
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