The Little Pink Rosebud

retold by Jennifer Shand. illus. by Sally Garland. 32p. Flowerpot. Mar. 2019. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781486715558.
PreS-Gr 1-A little pink rosebud lives in a tiny house under the ground, where it is dark and quiet, and that is exactly how she likes it. This peaceful existence is shattered when the rain begins to tap at her door, asking to be let in, but Rosebud refuses. Soon the sun wants to come in through the window but the little flower remains firm. Eventually, the sun and the rain pair up with their pestering, and Rosebud decides she might as well let them in. She opens the door, and they lead her out to the top of the ground and tell her to poke her head through. The book ends with a glorious spread of Rosebud, now a blooming flower, in a colorful garden looking as happy as can be. This charming story of blossoming and coming into one's own will certainly appeal to young readers. Garland's illustrations are captivating and bring to life the germination process.
VERDICT A perfect selection for a spring-themed storytime or to introduce a gardening unit.-Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, MI

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