The Little Rose lives on the side of the road surrounded by weeds who look down on her both literally and figuratively. Her beautiful blooms become a source of shame and mocking, and she feels that she really is no good at all. Until a woman comes and lifts her from the dirt, carrying her off to a whole new life where the Little Rose can flourish and grow.
While every child can benefit from this lovely story and its bright and captivating illustrations (courtesy of Mary Erikson Washam), I couldn't help thinking when reading it how especially appropriate it would be for adopted children, foster children, or children who have experienced trauma or abuse. Children from these types of situations need the message of "the Little Rose" most of all.
Book for Children Ages: 3 years old to 8 years old
Recommended for Family Reading: If you are caring for an older child that has dealt with trauma, bullying, or rejection, this book may be the right thing to help open dicussion about these sensitive subjects.
- How did the weeds make the Little Rose feel?
- Has anyone ever made you feel out of place?
- How did the Little Rose start to feel better about herself?
- What are some ways you can feel good about yourself no matter what other people around you are saying or doing?
- Have you seen other kids being picked on or hurt before? What can you do to help them?
- Why do you think the Little Rose was breaking off her rose buds?
- What could the Little Rose have done instead?
- How did the Little Rose feel when she was planted in the rose garden? What do you think happened next?
- Where do you feel best about yourself? What makes you feel safe?
- Plant your own little flower or herb and see it grow. To make it easy, you might want to purchase an all-in-one kit, such as this one on Amazon.
- Help your child identify how they feel in different situations. Complete the statement "When____, then I feel ____." It could be "When my mommy hugs me, then I feel happy." or "When it is dinner time, then I feel hungry." Write whatever they choose on a piece of paper and have then draw a picture illustrating it. Then talk about what to do when you feel that way.
- Make it a family goal to help someone feel happy today. Brainstorm ideas with your child. For example, taking cookies to a neighbor, writing a letter to someone who is sick, or giving a flower to someone you meet like your librarian, or garbage truck driver. Then see which ones you can try.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book*