The Blue Roses by Linda Boyden

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Every spring Rosalie, a Native American girl, and her grandfather sow tiny seeds that blossom into bright flowers. A red rosebush, planted under Rosalie’s bedroom window when she was born, is later joined by pink and yellow ones “to make a sunset,” Papa tells her. Rosalie asks for a blue bush, to represent the sky, but Papa explains that roses do not come in blue. When he dies the following winter, Rosalie’s blue rosebush comes to her in her dreams as a symbol of love, memory, and transcendence.

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LINDA BOYDEN, of Cherokee and French Canadian ancestry, is an enrolled member of the United Lumbee Nation. In addition to writing and storytelling, Boyden works with school children on writing projects and performs as a storyteller specializing in American Indian myths and legends. A native of Massachusetts, Boyden now lives in Redding, California, with her husband. This was her first book. Amy Cordova is an artist, author, educator and two-time ALA Pura Belpre Honors Award winner for children's book illustration. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, within the glorious view of the Jemez Mountains.
Published April 1, 2002 by Lee & Low Books. 1 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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He has her dig the dead plants under so that they will, like the fish, enrich the ground: in a garden, he says, “Nothing ever really leaves.” When her grandfather dies, Rosalie dreams of him in a heavenly garden, where the roses are—not pink, yellow, and red like hers—but blue, like the ones she ...

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