Review: Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine by Allison Wortche

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Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine by Allison Wortche, illustrated by Patrice Barton

Everyone thought that Violet was the best at everything.  She could run the fastest, sing the highest, and dress the fanciest.  But Rosie did not think that Violet was the best and was tired of hearing about Violet all the time.  When their teacher gave them an assignment to plant pea plants and care for them, Violet was sure that hers would be the best.  She decorated her pot with lots of sparkles.  Rosie’s plant was the first the pop up above the dirt, but Violet announced hers first.  So when Rosie came in early the next morning, she pushed soil over the top of Violet’s plant.  That day, they learned that Violet had chicken pox and would not be in for several days.  So Rosie started to care for both of their plants.  Rosie’s teacher told her that she was the best gardener she ever had in her class, as Rosie watered, rotated and sang to both plants. 

This book celebrates the quiet child, the one who is not the sparkliest or the loudest.  The book speaks to the need for all children to be praised and to be seen as being good at something.  Rosie definitely feels left out and jealous of Violet, and those feelings turn into action when she buries Violet’s plant.  But at the same time, that is the moment that the book turns around and Rosie starts to shine.  Happily, the jealous act is temporary and not the focus of the book.  Instead it is a much merrier book because of that.

The art work here has a wonderful softness to it that is very welcoming.  There is a freedom to the art as well that is very successful.  The lines are soft, the colors blend, and the effect is fresh.  The children in the classroom are multicultural, another small touch that makes the story all the more universal. 

A great book to share in the spring, when gardens start being planted, or when jealousies grow.  Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from copy received from Random House Children’s Books.

Children’s Choice Book Awards

May 3rd is the deadline for children to vote in the 2012 Children’s Choice Book Awards.  There are thirty finalists in six categories.  Last year over half a million children participated, and this year it is expected to reach over 1 million participants.  The winners will be announced as part of Children’s Book Week.  The mix of books is intriguing with many books that you will not see on other award nominee lists.

Children can vote here.

Here are the nominees:

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade


Bailey by Harry Bliss

Dot by Patricia Intriago

Pirates Don’t Take Baths by John Segal

Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack, illustrated by Henry Cole


3rd – 4th Grade


Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel

A Funeral in the Bathroom: And Other School Bathroom Poems by KalliDakos, illustrated by Mark Beech

The Monstrous Book of Monsters by Libby Hamilton, illustrated by Jonny Duddle and Aleksei Bitskoff


Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Squish #1: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm


5th – 6th Grade


Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

How to Survive Anything by Rachel Buchholz, illustrated by Chris Philpot

Lost & Found by Shaun Tan


Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein


Teen Books


Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices, Book Two by Cassandra Clare

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Divergent by Veronica Roth


Passion: A Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins


Author of the Year


Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6: Cabin Fever

Christopher Paolini for Inheritance

James Patterson for Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life


Rick Riordan for The Son of Neptune

Rachel Renée Russell for Dork Diaries 3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star


Illustrator of the Year


Felicia Bond for If You Give a Dog a Donut

Eric Carle for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

Anna Dewdney for Llama Llama Home With Mama


Victoria Kann for Silverlicious

Brian Selznick for Wonderstruck

Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Awards

The winners of the 26th Annual Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Awards have been announced.  The awards celebrate authors and illustrators who "impart Ezra Jack Keats’ values—the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family, and the multicultural nature of our world.”  The awards are given by The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.

2012 New Writer Award Winner

Meg Medina for Tia Isa Wants a Car

2012 New Illustrator Award Winner

Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw for Same, Same but Different

2012 Honorable Mentions

New Writer Honor:

Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw for Same, Same but Different

New Writer Honor:

Nicola Winstanley for Cinnamon Baby

New Writer and New Illustrator Honor:

Anna White and Micha Archer for Lola’s Fandango

New Illustrator Honor:

David Ercolini for Not Inside This House!