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September Roses

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  156 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
A tribute to the memory of September 11
On September 11, 2001, two sisters from South Africa are flying to New York City with 2,400 roses to be displayed at a flower show. As their plane approaches the airport, a cloud of black smoke billows over the Manhattan skyline. When they land, they learn of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. All flights are canceled; t
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 11th 2004 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This book happened to be face out on our picture book shelf. It am glad I picked it up. What a neat story.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A story of two sisters from South Africa who flew to New York on September 11, 2001, with 2,400 roses to attend a flower show and instead found themselves greeted with black smoke and stranded in the airport. A man from a church reached out to the sisters and offered them a place to stay. His kindness inspired them to share their roses with a grieving city.

A very touching story of remembrance based on the true account of the two sisters.
Oct 18, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: younger elementary school
Shelves: picture_books
this is a small little picture book.. it tells the story of two african sisters who had flown to america for a flower convention at the same time as the sep. 11 terrorist attacks.. when the convention was called off.. they were stuck with 2,000 flowers and no where to stay.. they ended up displaying their flowers in the city as a gift to the city.. i LOVE the pictures in this book.. they do an excellent job of complimenting the mood and tone of the story
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely, age-appropriate book about an event that happened on 9/11. Two sisters from South Africa were bringing roses, 2,400 of them, to New York for a flower show. After the attacks on the World Trade Centers, the show was cancelled and there the sisters sat, at the airport, with all these flowers. It is a nice story of tribute.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heartstrings pulled
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Based on actual events ...
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-350
Two sisters live in South Africa. They grow all kinds of roses. They get ready for the flower show in New York City. they packed 2400 roses. They flew to New York and then the sky turned black. They had to sit in the airport with their roses. They had no where to go. Someone gave them a place to stay. They wanted to repay the person and wanted to give him their roses. He took them to Union Square where he said they needed the roses. Then the two sisters formed two the two towers that had fell.

Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Based on a true event, this book tells of two sisters from South Africa who came to New York City on September 11, 2001, with 2400 roses for a fair. However, when the World Trade Center was attacked, they used their roses to instead create a beautiful memorial to the twin towers. What I especially liked about the illustrations in the book was that they were in color up until the sisters' plane lands in New York, then they switch to black and white, reflecting the dust and sadness of the day. The ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
September Roses is a sweet book to remember a time in history in which many people passed on. For those teachers who wish to educate their students on the subject of September eleventh, this book provides a new look into the occurrence of this story. This topic is very hard to talk about but, when a different view is given people can present it differently. The illustrations that accompany the worlds are enough detailed that the reader can easily interpret what is happening in the story. I enjoy ...more
Shamilah Gillani
This is such a heartfelt and touching story about how two sisters, with their kindness, made people feel the slightest bit better on such a terrible day in American and World history. 9/11 is a day that will never be forgotten, and this book is a great tool to teach students about what happened on that day, and how terrifying it was to the nation. These two sisters used the roses they were bringing for a flower show to create a memorial to the towers. They used their kindness and generosity to s ...more
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a touching tribute to the kindhearted people who reached out to others in whatever way possible after the tragedy of 9-11-2001. The true story of how roses, originally destined for a flower show, were used to recreate the image of the World Trade Center Towers and help heal people's hearts. I like the way that this book facilitates a discussion of the event with children who do not know or understand what happened, while still offering examples of hope, generosity and kindness.
Jennifer Kim
This story is about two sisters who showed kindness and help after having been given some. The story is about two sisters who had planned on attending a flower show in New York, but their trip was tragically interrupted with the terrorist attack on the twin towers. This is a good book to read to young children to introduce them to what had happened that day in our country's history and to also show them that there is still good and kindness in the world.
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a simple book, based on a true story that took place on 9/11. I'm going to share it in school with the kids today - kids that were born three years after that fateful day. It's been 12 years. It was a day that not only affected American greatly, but changed the way that we live and think each and every day. That said, the book itself doesn't flow smoothly enough for me. The words and illustrations are wonderful, but seem somewhat disjointed..... I'll see what my fourth graders think.
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
A short, sweet little book about two African sisters who lived with beauty every day in their rose garden far away from New York and the terrorist attacks on that fateful day: September 11, 2001. Traveling to the United States for a flower and gardening show to display their beauties, terrorists have other plans in mind. But, with resourcefulness, goodwill, and kind strangers, these women found a way to honor both countries.
Sophia Martin
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 50-books, history
September 11, 2001. A date no American will forget. Two women from South Africa were scheduled to attend a flower show. They flew over 2,400 roses for the event. Without warning two planes crashedinto the World Trade Centers. The sisters were stuck in the airport with no place to go, the city was in chaos. With a form of shelter to go to they had to decide what would they do with all the flowers?
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Sweet little book about some of the goodness that came to light after the September 11 attacks in New York City; the need for community and communal grieving, and the kindness of strangers. A nice book to use to talk about 9/11 with young children as it doesn't deal with too many details and specifics of the attacks themselves, but more the aftermath and feelings of a helpless world community.
Sandy Brehl
A tiny book that packs a big punch.
As in most tragedies (September 11) there are countless individual stories that may even be well know near the time of the events but then fade out of collective memory.

This story is an outstanding option as mentor text for using a personal experience to generate a strong story, one that resonates across the years, even generations.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: september-11
This is a lovely book that tells the story of two women who grew roses professionally in South Africa. They were on their way to New York City for a flower exposition when the terrorist attacks occurred on September 11, 2001. Once they arrived, they had thousands of roses that needed to be used somehow. It seemed natural that they should give the roses to the growing memorials at Ground Zero.
Sep 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-caden
Caden picked this book from the library himself. I wasn't prepared for it when we started reading and it brought on a lot of emotion on my part that his 3-year-old brain just can't understand yet. But someday, I think this book would do a wonderful job of answering some tough questions in a gentle, rose kind of way.
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
short, sweet, and poignant story of the author's memory after visiting Union Square after the terrorist attack of September 11. Effective use of color shifting from color to B&W and back to color. Going to use this in heroes of September 11 lesson.
Christy Whitaker
This is a moving account of 9-11 from the perspective of one lady's memory. Two sisters from Africa made a contribution of roses to compensate for the fallen towers on 9-11. I believe this book can be a tool to teach historical perspective.
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: real-events
This book was in the children's picture book section, which I feel is a strange choice for it. It's a pretty store, but I have to wonder how much it would resonant with children today who grew up after 9/11,
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this simple little book the author/artist pays tribute to September 11, 2001, and two women commercial rose growers in South Africa who arranged over 2,000 roses to honor the fallen of the Twin Towers.
Maggie Burgess
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Sweet book. Very simple. It hits on the idea of the generosity of some on September 11th in light of what was happening. The pictures are beautiful. Overall, I just liked it- didn't love it. But it's a sweet book worth sharing. (A get from the library kind of book.)
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Based on a true story about two sisters stranded in New York in the aftermath of September 11 and how they repay a kindness shown to them.
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Of all the horrible things that happened on Sept 11, 2001, this is a positive story of the horrible day and the aftermath!
Aug 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Picture book about the 9/11 attacks - good one to help younger children learn about the event.
May 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kid-stuff
A short 9.11 story.

Out of 5.

Illustrations : 4
Content : 3
Originality : 3
Humor : 0
Age Level : 5-10
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This was a beautiful and captivating book. The drawings worked well with the text. It was a moving tribute to 9/11.
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is exactly the way we should have reacted to 9/11--kindness, selflessness, and compassion. This little book tells a true story of a simple act of human decency on that ugly day.
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