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Kindergarten-Grade 3–Based on a factual anecdote, this book recounts the story of two sisters from South Africa who are stranded in New York in the aftermath of September 11. The women, who are flying with 2400 roses for a flower show, land right after the Twin Towers are hit. A stranger offers them a place to stay. Wanting to repay this kindness, they take their flowers to Union Square and arrange them in the shape of the fallen towers amid the many other memorials. The pen-and-ink illustrations begin in color but dramatically turn to black and white when the events of 9/11 take over. Color gently returns through the appearance of the rose and candle memorials. The spare and poetic text, small-sized format, and simple drawings give these painful days a direct and personal resonance. Because of the script font and the format, this book works best one-on-one rather than for beginning readers or group sharing. While this story will not explain what happened on 9/11 to children too young to remember it, Winter's offering captures the intensity of emotion that was felt that day and the healing human connections that soon followed.–Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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*Starred Review* K-Gr. 3. This very small book that even a child can hold in one hand is full of ineffable sorrow and sweetness. Two sisters fly to New York from South Africa with thousands of roses mearnt for a flower show. The day they fly is September 11, 2001, and after the attack they are stranded at the airport with their flowers. They are offered shelter and offer their roses in return: at Union Square, they design two fallen towers made of roses. Winter (My Baby and My Name Is Georgia) makes beautiful patterns with her figures and her roses using her signature thick black outlines. At the center of the book, when the towers are hit and the women stranded, she switches to grisaille so the exquisitely drawn images are gray. When the roses are made into the fallen towers, the colors return. In notes at the beginning and end, Winter describes where she was when the Towers were hit. The Man Who Walked between the Towers (2003) and Fireboat (2002) are more powerful, but this is understated and full of tenderness. GraceAnne DeCandido
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