Illustrated in full color. When her mother becomes ill, young Rosa is sent off to stay at her Aunt Mookie's farm in the Black Forest of Germany. Although she misses her mother terribly, Rosa is quickly caught up in all the activity of farm life--from picking blueberries with Mrs. Schmidt to visiting the cows with Cousin Birgit. In between, she sends kiss-filled letters to Mami via Otto the mailman. And one day soon, she knows they will be together again. The illustrations in Petra Mathers's lovingly drawn memoir have irresistible folkloric charm. Here's a book straight from the heart--certain to strike a chord in anyone who's ever been homesick or separated from a loved one.
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* Petra Mathers was born and raised in Germany and moved to the United States as a young woman. She now lives in Portland, Oregon.
* Petra is an illustrator first, and a writer second. While she brews a story of her own on some burner in the back of her mind, she is busy illustrating other people's books.
* Petra compares illustrating other people's books to "visiting". A certain politeness, consideration, and modesty are necessary.
* She is a self-described "sucker for love" and her stories are always about love -- she finds unsung heroes very endearing, as well as the clumsy, balding, fumbling, shy creatures who are quietly heroic, risking everything for love.
Kindergarten-Grade 3?A quiet memoir, filled with precise images and emotional details. Faded photos featuring the author as a girl, her mother and father, her Aunt Mookie, and other family members grace the endpapers and introduce the characters in this autobiographical story. Rosa is sent to stay with her aunt and cousin who live on a farm in the Black Forest while her mother, who has tuberculosis, convalesces in a hospital. Rosa is a city girl, but she adjusts to country life, making jam, picking apples, visiting cows and neighbors. It's a happy time, except, of course, she misses her mother, to whom she writes to every Sunday, sending kisses in each letter. Finally, her mother writes to tell her that she can come home for Christmas. Rosa goes the way she came, in a taxi, but now she has memories of the farm to keep her company. The full-page paintings, in a country primitive style, portray everyday experiences and convey the same immediacy as the text. A departure from the quirky humor of Mathers's previous works, this heartfelt story has a charm of its own.?Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library
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Book Description Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110679826866