Saturday, June 23, 2012

Review # 189: A Rose in the Desert by Chi Emerole / Art by Ryan Durney

     Rose and her family live in a refugee camp in Chad because of the war in Sudan, but even though times are tough, family and friends come together to celebrate Rose's seventh birthday and to sustain hope for the future.

     A Rose in the Desert is simply amazing! Chi Emerole's unique and heartfelt story is full of childhood hopes and dreams in a time and place of turmoil. The writing style is well-organized and exciting, containing excellent vocabulary as well as an interesting array of cultural references and expressions. I loved the textual depictions of the characters and the settings, but Ryan Durney's illustrations were breathtaking! The level of color and detail exceeded every expectation and brought Rose and her family (not to mention the scenery) to life! I could almost feel the warmth of the sunlight, the coolness of the Geyser of Hope, and the echoing lyrical beauty of the Cave of Dreams as I took in each well-crafted page. There are so many lessons that children can learn from Rose and her family, the most important being the survival of hope, even in the most dire of circumstances! Rose's poetic prayer, "A Rose in the Desert", will definitely stay with me, "...Rose demands her dreams...!", and readers will be inspired by her message. Highly recommended for children of all ages!

Rating:Clean Getaway (5/5)

*** I received this book from the author (Bostick Communications) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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