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Roses for Gita by Rachna Gilmore

Roses for Gita

by Rachna Gilmore

Other authors: Alice Priestley (Illustrator)

Series: Gita (2)

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The second of three picture-books featuring Gita, a young Indian immigrant living in Canada, Roses for Gita follows its eponymous heroine as she longs for roses and a garden, like the one her Naniji, or grandmother, had back in India. Her neighbor Mr. Flinch has a beautiful garden, but the irritable old man chases her away every time he catches her looking at it. But then an impulsive act of kindness leads to an unexpected friendship, as both neighbors discover that the other is not what they thought...

A sweet and engaging tale, one which features a number of important themes - living as an immigrant in a new country, making friends across cultural and age divides, resolving conflict through generosity and understanding - without ever becoming didactic, Rose for Gita is a worthy follow-up to the poignant Lights for Gita, and an appealing predecessor to A Gift for Gita. Although the second book in Rachna Gilmore's trilogy of picture-books about young Gita, it is the third I have read, as my library system only recently purchased a copy. I'm glad they did, as I feel the entire series is an engaging look at the experiences of a young Indian-Canadian girl, and how she comes to feel at home in her new country, and is well worth picking up. Recommended to young readers looking for stories about the immigrant experience, or seeking children's book featuring Indian characters. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 22, 2013 |
Although Gita misses her grandmother and her grandmother's garden in India, she discovers a new friend and a new garden at her next door neighbor's house.
  EHSlibrarian | Mar 2, 2010 |
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Gita misses her grandmother Naniji back in India, and especially her beautiful garden. Her new yard now is just boring grass. Through a broken section of fence she can see the lush garden of mean old Mr. Flinch next door, and makes her long for Naniji's garden with its vibrant colors, twisty paths, and surprise corners. But nearsighted Mr. Flinch snaps at her when he catches her looking over the fence and even thinks she's a boy! When Gita hears him playing his fiddle in his garden one morning, she decides to try to make friends. The old man and the young girl discover that their shared love of music and growing things overcomes differences in age and culture.

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Although Gita misses her grandmother and her grandmother's garden in India, she discovers a new friend and a new garden at her next door neighbor's house.

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