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Riley and Rose in the Picture Hardcover – June 14, 2005


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PreSchool-Grade 2–While trapped in the house on a rainy day, Riley the dog and Rose the cat, trying desperately not to get into a fight, decide to draw pictures. As if their very feline/canine natures don't make this difficult enough, it turns out that their artistic natures clash as well. Riley, ever literal, draws circles, triangles, and spirals and wants them to be exactly that while Rose, who is more of a dreamer, thinks more abstractly. To her a simple circle can become a bug, a flower, the sun, etc. Still, Riley thinks she's ruining the integrity of his shapes, and even with all their peaceful intentions, a fight erupts. Once they get that out of their systems, they decide to give drawing (and getting along) one more try, and this time they actually do learn to see the world a bit more through one another's eyes. This clever story is packaged in clean, attractive pages with comical cartoon illustrations, making it great for sharing aloud. Pair it with Peter Reynolds's The Dot (Candlewick, 2003) for young artists who think they can't draw, use it to talk about shapes, or read it with siblings who sometimes just don't see eye to eye.–Julie Roach, Watertown Free Public Library, MA
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K-Gr. 3. It's raining outside, so shaggy-dog Riley and his kitty friend, Rose, agree to stay inside and draw pictures together. They also agree not to fight. After taping large sheets of paper on the wall, they begin. But Riley likes drawing basic shapes, and Rose likes drawing stories; where Riley sees triangles, Rose sees tents. Soon, despite their good intentions, they quarrel. One last picture on the wall brings the bickering to a halt: the stories and the shapes come together, and Riley and Rose find themselves inside their own artwork on a high-seas adventure, enjoying each other's creativity and friendship. The lively text is read-aloud friendly, incorporating child-familiar dialogue, interactions, and humor. The colorful gouache art is charming, too, filling the pages with expressive characters and distinctive childlike artwork that perfectly matches the story. An engaging, insightful take on how creativity can bring different personalities together. Shelle Rosenfeld
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (June 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763626813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763626815
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sherri Allen on August 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The children's storybook "Riley and Rose in the Picture," written and illustrated by Susanna Gretz, provides an entertaining lesson in the value of respecting the ideas of others, even if they are different from our own.

Riley the dog and Rose the cat see things very differently. Riley and Rose are drawing pictures together, but they don't agree on exactly what it is they're drawing. Where Riley see dots, Rose sees raindrops. Where Rose sees tents, Riley sees triangles. Their disagreement gets so bad, they end up fighting until they destroy the very thing they're fighting over, their picture. Finally, they realize they shouldn't be fighting. They both make simple concessions that allow them to work together as friends, ending up happy and satisfied.

The pictures deftly illustrate the story, visually reinforcing the concept that two differing opinions can both be right. The reader gets to see for himself that dots can also be raindrops and that tents can also be triangles.

"Riley and Rose in the Picture" disguises a character-building lesson as a fun story. It is a very good choice for those who value making the most of the time they spend reading with their children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stewart Cronkle on December 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm one of those parents who likes to know what their kid is reading so i read most of the books given my kids as gifts. this particular book held the interest of the kids and seemed to be a real page turner so i checked it out. and i enjoyed it as well.

For what it aspires to be the book is well done and interesting. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Bread Button on March 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Teaches kids that people have different opinions and can still get along. What a fun book to read to kids. Vivid pictures and stimulates imagination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis M. Mullins on July 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My daughter loves this book so much. We read it at least every other day and she is mimicking Riley and Rose's actions by creating her own art work.
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I Love this book. I originally bought it because my son's name is Riley, but I fell in love with it! I read it to two second grade classes today and they were so excited. They loved how Rose and Riley would have little arguments and when they "jump in" to the pictures. It's a really sweet book and I would encourage anyone to add it to their libraries.
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