For nine-year-old Flora Smallwood, Rosetown, Indiana, is full of surprises, many of the best of which happen at the Wing and a Chair Used Book Shop, where she loves to read vintage children’s books after ...more
Flora Smallwood lives in Rosetown, Indiana in 1972. Her mother works at a vintage bookstore, a Wing and a Chair, and her father is a newspaper reporter. Life is very slow paced and mild, although there are some sad things-- her parents are separated, her dog has recently died, and the ripples of the Vietnam war are still being felt. She has a good friend, Vanessa, and another friend, Yury, whose father is a local doctor from the Ukraine. Flora and Yury are training his n ...more
Although there is ...more
It's not usual from a nine years old girl to value her monotonous life in a modest quiet place like Rosetown. Flora knew that the world outside this unknown Idaho town is vast and more colourful. Yet, her passion for exploring that world didn't make her less sure that nothing will be more previous to her heart than home.
It's a sincere feeling that is no more being felt.
The sl ...more
I also like kids books set in the 50's, 60's and 70's because it's modern, but also a history lesson as it's when their parents and grandparents were kids!
I think this book would be good for kids who just want a nice story, no drama or craziness happening. It's just the story of a little girl going thru her 4th grade year--including her parents being separated, making new friends and having new experiences.
Also, it showed the main character really knowing herself (s ...more
Now, howe ...more
Catch this bit:"he was, Flora thought, a lost soul. She was not sure why she thought he was lost. "
Is this how a 10 year old in 1972 would think about their father?
Nota Bene: I was 11 in 1972 myself, and I surely didn't muse about my dad that way.
And "with him Flora was beginning to build that precious thing called friendship."
"Precious" is a word I'd use here. What reviewers might call "poetic" is simply mawkish, reminiscent of what a much less gifted writer, trying to ...more
Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant
Flora loves her small town. Three afternoons a week, she meets her mother after school in the used book store where her mother works. Her father is a photographer. She has good friends. Her parents have separated but both make sure she has the best of both worlds. This is a touching read, of a small town that readers will want to live in. This book would be a great read for upper elementary and middle school readers, ideally.
Such a sweet and simple book. A peek into the "mildly bad" moments of a year in an innocent and kind young girl's life.
Revealed to me how much I, as Brené Brown says, "wait for the other shoe to fall."
And the language feels completely unnatural and exaggerated, both the narrator's language and the characters' dialogue. No one speaks like this in real life, particularly 4th graders in Indiana.
Who couldn't relate to Flora? A very observant 9 yr old who is experiencing a year of fluctuation - not all of it good - in an idyllic town (Rosetown) located in Indiana, during the 1970s. Small town America - a fine representation!
I felt transported back in time to my very own 1970s childhood. Christmas in this 4th grader's yr of life is t ...more
Set in 1972 in fictional small town Rosetown, IN, nine-year-old Flora Smallwood is at a crossroads in life. Her parents have separated, her beloved dog has just died, and she is apprehensive about starting fourth grade. She befriends new kid in town, Yuri, who recently immigrated from the Ukraine. The two explore what it is like to grow up together.
Once again, Rylant fills a small fictional town with char ...more
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Friendship, forgiveness, and self-discovery reside in the pages of Rosetown, a charming little book with big messages prettily packaged and delivered in a whisper-soft tone.
Sensitive and precocious 9-year-old Flora Smallwood has lived in Rosetown, Indiana since she was born. It’s 1972 and the Vietnam War is still raging while in the tiny town of Rosetown Flora is faced with fallout of a dif
During the week she goes back and forth between her parents houses, the yellow house and the old house. She feels unbalanced, but finds her stability in the to ...more
Flora is a little down since her dog died. Having her parent separated and switching between two different bedrooms isn't making matters better. But the friendship with a new boy at school as well as the connection to a friend she already knows, offers more upswing than she could have ever suspected.
This isn't a book with high adventure, nor is ther ...more
Flora has always found comfort reading at Wings and a Chair Used Books, where her mom works three afternoons a week, an ...more