Christmas Rose

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Reviewed by McKenzie Stephens, Teen Staff Writer

Christmas Rose by Robyn Buttars. Published by Shadow Mountain.

Rosie, a fourth grader, lives in an unlikely place for children. 'The Pleasant Manor' is a care center for the elderly. It's the only home she has really known. All of 'The Pleasant Manor's' residents are just one big family to Rosie, especially Bessie. Rosie and Bessie are best friends. Bessie teaches Rosie life lessons and is a warm loving support for her. With Christmas soon ariving, Bessie talks of dying. But with the help of a garden and a Christmas letter, Bessie teaches Rosie that they will always be together in each other's hearts.

I absolutely love this book. I finished it all in one day because I just couldn't put it down. This story is so sweet and has taught me many lessons. This is a wonderful Christmas story, but is also a valuable lesson year round. I recommend this book for any age.