Rosie Sprout's Time to Shine by Allison Wortche

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Violet runs the fastest, sings the highest, looks the fanciest, and talks the loudest. Everyone agrees that she's the best.

Except Rosie. Rosie isn't fast, or loud, or fancy, but she's tired of hearing that Violet is the best.

When their class grows pea plants, Rosie's and Violet's are the first to sprout! But Violet's is a little taller. So Rosie pushes some soil over Violet's sprout to slow it down. And for a moment, Rosie's plant is the best—but she feels terrible. And she feels even worse when she learns that Violet has the chicken pox.

So for the next two weeks, Rosie waters her plant—and Violet's too. She turns them in the sun, and sings them quiet growing songs. And her teacher says that Rosie is the best gardener she's ever had. Definitely the best.

This empathetic story captures every child's desire to be noticed and praised, and the subtle competitions that go on in a classroom. It's a book to swell every shy child's heart.

About Allison Wortche

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ALLISON WORTCHE is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and works as an editor of children's books in New York City, where she lives. This is her first picture book. PATRICE BARTON earned a BFA in studio art from the University of Texas in Austin, where she lives with her husband and son. Her previous books include Sweet Moon Baby written by Karen Henry Clark and Mine! by Shutta Crum.
Published December 13, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Rosie is pretty secure in her own skin, but, just once, she wants to be better than her classmate Violet at something.

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Rosie’s classmate Violet has what is charitably known as a strong personality.

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City Book Review

Willis gives each of the students a pot and seeds to grow pea plants, Violet is sure hers will be the tallest, and she makes her pot the sparkliest.

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Wilson Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biologist Author of On Human Nature Sat 11 Tix are available at Sun7:30 @Powells the first collection of short fiction from Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories Saturday the 2nd, 10am / Powell’s City of Books ...

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Palatine Public Library

The teacher recognizes Rosie's gardening talent, and Violet thanks her when she returns.

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