Synopses & Reviews
“May this powerful story . . . plant fresh seeds of hope and service for generations to come.” — Senator Edward M. Kennedy
A sweet fable dedicated to Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy - celebrating the spirit of community, the beauty of nature, and the power of faith and imagination.
After traveling the world in her fantastic teapot, Rose is ready to put down roots. She sets about planting flower seeds in a neglected corner of a bustling city. And then she waits - through rain, and cold, and snow. Rose waits, never doubting that the garden she envisions will one day come to be. With a simple narration and lovely, fanciful illustrations, this luminous picture book resonates with readers of all ages. Author-illustrator Peter H. Reynolds dedicates it to the matriarch of the Kennedy family - herself the namesake of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, a series of gardens, plazas, and tree-lined promenades.
"Inspired by and dedicated to the late Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, for whom Boston's new Greenway park is named, Reynolds's (The Dot) gentle story introduces an intrepid girl who sails the seas on an oversize teapot that she fills with seeds from the various locales she visits. Announcing 'It is time to plant my garden,' Rose cruises into a port city, where she finds a 'dusty, forgotten stretch of earth,' which she decides 'needs some color.' After planting her seeds, she patiently waits through four seasons for flowers to bloom. As word of the girl's faith in her garden spreads, children from all over the globe appear 'like seeds carried on a breeze,' and each presents Rose with a bright paper flower, bringing the first splashes of color to Reynolds's wispy, monochromatic art. Soon, Rose is rewarded as real flowers sprout among the paper ones, and her garden becomes 'Everybody's garden.' The globe-trotting Rose clearly has an adventurous spirit and a strong sense of determination, and Reynolds's fable emphasizes that having faith (and patience) can pay off big. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Inspired by and dedicated to the late Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, as part of a celebration of the opening of Boston's Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, this sweet fable honors the spirit of community, the beauty of nature, and the power of faith and imagination. Full color.
About the Author
Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling illustrator who has created many acclaimed books for children, including The North Star, The Dot, Ish, and So Few of Me. In addition to his work as an author and illustrator, Peter H. Reynolds runs FableVision, the interactive media company he founded with his twin brother, Paul. He lives and works in Dedham, Massachusetts.