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Aunt Mary's Rose by Douglas Wood
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Aunt Mary's Rose

by Douglas Wood

Other authors: LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)

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Aunt Mary tells Douglas that the rosebush contains a little bit of him- but he can't see it! She tells him about how her grandfather planted the bush and instructed his children to look after it. Mary tells of her nephews that grew up around the rosebush and who had families who could also grow to take care of the rosebush. Douglas learns of his family's roots and how they are a part of him. Cute concept but the author spends too much time on details about the history and not enough time on Douglas understanding the metaphor of the bush. I like format of illustrations on one page, text on the other, though. For ages 4-6.
  stzeke | Mar 30, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763610909, Hardcover)

A best-selling author and illustrator team up to cultivate a heartwarming, true story of a family linked through time by the tending of a beloved rosebush.

Aunt Mary has a very special rosebush in her garden. She says a little bit of Douglas can be found inside it. And she tells him how the rosebush has a little bit of Douglas’s daddy in it as well. And a little bit of his daddy’s daddy. And, of course, a little bit of Aunt Mary. Douglas Wood’s tender memoir is complemented by LeUyen Pham’s charming and engaging illustrations. Together they show how caring for a treasured rosebush provides a connection between generations, and an enduring expression of attentiveness and familial love.

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While helping take care of his great-aunt's rose bush, young Douglas learns about family members who have done the same, starting with his great-great-grandfather, and comes to see how each is still part of that bush.

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