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Wednesday 4 November 2020

Review: Rosie and Rasmus

Everyday Rosie is alone; invisible. She wishes someone would see her. 

Then there is Rasmus the dragon who lives in a tree that overlooks their village. Like Rosie, he too waits, while he watches and wishes. He watches the birds dipping, weaving and gliding in the sky. He longs to be able to fly like they do.

They meet beneath Rasmus’ tree where he offers her a flower in friendship. A moment of silent togetherness brings them closer as they take in the change in everything that has just occurred.

Rosie teaches Rasmus new skills.

Rasmus’ teaches Rosie how lightly balloons float and about flying kites that soar with the breeze. He shows Rosie his favourite book about a dragon that takes to the skies. She reads in him the longing to take flight.

Rosie believes he will one day.

Rosie is determined to help Rasmus fly. She imagines how this dream can become a reality. She draws plans and designs ways for him to realise this dream.

But what is keeping Rasmus from flying? And what will Rosie do when he finally does? Will she be able to say goodbye?

This delicate story of friendship, sharing and togetherness is expressed in soft watercolour illustrations; poignant images that contain a lightness of spirit reflected in both characters.

The gifted Serena Geddes embraces her inner child, immersing herself in an innocence which she pours into this exquisite book.

The story also reflects on, and beautifully portrays, the difficulties shy children encounter in making friends and the hidden treasures they have to offer others that wait to be shared.

These gorgeous characters continue in the second book about Rosie and Rasmus, Where the Dragons Live which is currently available

Title: Rosie and Rasmus
Author/Illustrator: Serena Geddes
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, $ 22.99
Publication Date: 1 May 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781481418746
For ages: 4 – 8
Type: Picture Book