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Rosa's room
Bottner, Barbara.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Atlanta, Ga. : Peachtree, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Rosa searches for things that will fill her room in her new home, but it feels empty until she discovers exactly what is missing.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 76912.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Adult Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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"Rosa had a new room in a new house. It seemed empty."
Rosa and her mother have moved to a new house. Rosa knows what she needs to feel at home in her new room: on Monday, clothes in the closet; on Tuesday, her treasure box on her desk, on Wednesday, a poster on the wall. But still, somehow, her room seems empty. "More," her cat Concertina seems to say.
Late at night in bed, she dreams about how to decorate her room. On Thursday, she borrows five new books from the library. On Sunday, as Rosa sits in her room drawing a picture, she looks out the window and sees a girl outside playing. Now Rosa knows what she needs to make her room special: a new friend to share everything with.
Illustrator Beth Spiegel's full-color, appealing illustrations perfectly capture the resourceful spirit of the young protagonist, Rosa. This is a sensitive, simple story that shows young readers that even upsetting changes like moving can present exciting opportunities and imaginative possibilities for new experiences and new friends.

Author Notes

BARBARA BOTTNER studied painting in Paris, worked as a set designer and toured the United States and Europe as a member of an acting ensemble before she turned to illustrating and writing books for children and young adults. She is the author of a nearly a dozen books, including Bootsie Barker Bites and Charlene Loves to Make Noise, and is the author/illustrator of several titles, including Two Messy Friends and Pish Posh. She lives in California.

BETH SPIEGEL has edited award winning documentary programs for television and directed animated films that have received several international awards. She lives near the mountains in Altadena, California. Rosa's Room is her first book.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. This exploration of what makes a house a home is perfect for kids facing a move or feeling lost in a new situation. The text is understated (Rosa had a new room in a new house ), but the watercolor illustrations ably capture the upheaval of settling into a strange place. The first spreads show Rosa and her mother's belongings crowded next to the moving truck and then piled up in boxes inside the new house. Artist Spiegel uses an overhead perspective to show Rosa surveying her room, a small girl in a large space. Rosa begins to unpack her treasures, but something is still missing. Then Rosa invites a new friend to see her room, and suddenly the not-quite-right room is filled with the fun of two friends jumping on the bed. An optimistic, encouraging book that will help make a strange and scary situation less so. --Connie Fletcher Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bottner (Pish Posh) gives a timeless theme a warm if predictable cast in this tale of a girl who moves into a new house. At first glance Rosa's bedroom looks vast and-despite several pieces of furniture-"it seemed empty." Effectively depicting the room from a range of perspectives, including one view from the ceiling, the gouache, watercolor and ink art by first-time illustrator Spiegel underscores the loneliness of Rosa's room. The pictures take a fanciful turn as the child imagines her space lavishly decorated, with elaborate wall coverings, chandelier and a water-spewing fountain featuring a statue of an angel. She later dreams that a bedspread of fresh flowers, carried by butterflies and birds, covers her. Though Rosa unpacks and displays some beloved possessions, hangs a poster on the wall, and helps her mother make a bedspread out of festive, flowered fabric, still something is missing. The child fills that void after spying, from her window, a girl flying a kite on the lawn below (whom observant readers will have noticed in the background in several previous frames). The once bare bedroom suddenly appears cheerfully cluttered as, in the story's rosy conclusion, this new friend visits and loves "every single thing that was in Rosa's room. Especially Rosa." A reassuring read for girls anticipating a move. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Rosa moves into a new house and as she gazes at her room she notices one thing: it is empty. She begins to fill it by unpacking her crayons, her clothes, and her doll. As each day passes, the girl continues to decorate the space, setting out her teapot, hanging a poster on the wall, and placing library books here and there. After Rosa has a dream about something beautiful covering her bed, her mother makes her a beautiful floral bedspread. Finally, she feels that things are shaping up. On Sunday, she makes a friend, and Lili loves everything about the room-especially Rosa. Through simple language and age-appropriate details, Bottner does a good job of capturing a child's point of view. Done in watercolor, gouache, and India ink, the illustrations enhance the mood of the text. The image of Rosa's empty room, filled with only a few pieces of furniture and shaded with solid pastel washes, compares nicely to the final result, a space bursting with bright patterns, colorful clutter, and two friends jumping on the bed. There are many books about moving to a new house but few describe taking a space and making it one's own in such a positive and creative manner.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.