Rosie The Raven by Helga Bansch & Shelley Tanaka (translator)

Sometimes you open a book and fall into an art gallery. A landscape populated with images of wonder, enchantment, and possibility. A world where words seem almost irrelevant.

Rosie the Raven is one of these. You can get lost in these images. You hardly need the words to figure out what is going on.

The author and illustrator, Helga Bansch, is a teacher and counsellor of special needs children.

Rosie's is a story about being different, about trying to fit in, about accepting who you are and making the most of your life. Rosie is born into a family of ravens. She has four siblings who grow and develop as ravens usually do. Her raven parents are aware that Rosie is unusual even before she is, and provide her with a dress and hat to keep her warm.

It isn't until other animals comment on her oddness and offer up advice, that Rosie realizes she's different.

It doesn't matter what she does or how hard she tries, Rosie can only be who she is. When she accepts this, she starts to realize that she has gifts and talents that her siblings lack.

I appreciated how hard these parents had to work to ensure that Rosie would always be part of the family, even going so far as to learn how to fly with her on their backs.

Rosie is an admirable character whose adventures I would love to read more about.

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