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Aunt Mary's Rose (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.
About the Author
Douglas Wood is the author of GRANDAD'S PRAYERS OF THE EARTH, illustrated by P.J. Lynch and winner of a Christopher Medal, and MISS LITTLE'S GIFT, illustrated by Jim Burke, as well as the best-selling book OLD TURTLE. He lives in Sartelle, Minnesota.
LeUyen Pham is the author-illustrator of BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER and has illustrated many other books for children, including GOD'S DREAM by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams. She lives in San Francisco.
"My Aunt Mary’s rose, an old-fashioned rugosa shrub, has survived for a long time now. In the years since my childhood, our own boys have helped to care for it — and through its beauty, hardiness, and living memories, it still helps to care for us." — Douglas Wood — Quote
Following 12-year old recently orphaned Joseph on his quest to get his only family back -his beloved horse Sarah- author Gemeinhart brings together race relations in the late 1800's, western lore and a clear-eyed pragmatism that, coupled with his signature action/adventure plot twists and a kindheartedness thread permeating the story, this wonderful, evocative and first rate middle grade title builds on his exceptional debut (The Honest Truth). This is an author that has clearly established himself as a must read for warm hearted, realistic adventures. - Maureen