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Prickly Rose

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By: Shelley Gill / Illustrated by: Judy Love

A tall tale from the far north.

Prickly Rose is tired of being left behind when her legendary big sister, Sitka, goes off on yet another adventure. Determined to follow in Sitka’s huge footsteps, Prickly sets off—with tumultuous results. As she tromps across Alaska, Prickly fires up a volcano, gives the earth a mighty shake, and whips up a tsunami. Prickly Rose stirs up the kind of trouble that only a little sister can.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Shelley Gill, author

Author, adventurer, whale detective, pony wrangler, dog musher and all around fun hog, Shelley Gill lives her books! Shelley is the author of several children's books, including Alaska, Hawai'i, and Sitka Rose.

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Judy Love, illustrator

Judy Love is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated numerous children's books, including First Day Jitters and Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family.

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Editorial Reviews:

Kirkus Reviews

"If it weren't for the Rose girls, what would Alaska be?"

According to this original tall tale, Alaska would be missing many geographic and topographic features if it weren't for the feats of Sitka and Prickly Rose. "Legend says the Rose girls / towered ten feet tall. / Truth is, Sitka did so; / Prickly not at all." When Sitka mushes toward Nome, Prickly, as her name suggests, feels left out and declares she won't be stuck at home. She jumps aboard two orcas and creates a tsunami when she falls off; she rides a "glacier bear"; she yanks the moon and forms tides; she stomps and causes both an earthquake and a volcanic eruption. Just when Prickly's sour luck runs out, Sitka bursts from the northern lights driving a team of wolverines, and sisterly love erupts. This story follows Gill's previous picture book, Sitka Rose, illustrated by Shannon Cartwright, checking off expected Alaska attractions (Denali, the Yukon River) and folding in Alaska slang (williwaws, skookum). The rhyming text tends to hamper the flow of the tale, but the wild and woolly story is animated with boisterous illustrations that exaggerate the hijinks. A map in the backmatter pinpoints the locations of the episodes.

Though mostly of regional interest, this could easily be paired with other female tall tales, such as Anne Isaacs and Paul Zelinsky's Swamp Angel, Jerdine Nolen and Kadir Nelson's Thunder Rose and Lynne Bertrand and Kevin Hawkes' Granite Baby.


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ISBN: 978-1-57091-356-3

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Ages: 4-8
Page count: 32
11 x 8 1/2

Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
Reading Literature. Grade 1. Standards 1-4, 6, 7, and 10.
Reading Literature. Grade 2. Standards 1-5, 7, and 10.

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