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Sitka Rose Paperback – February 1, 2005

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-A pseudo-tall tale written in verse, Sitka Rose will hold little appeal for readers in the lower 48 and not much more for those in Alaska. Gill's jumble of history (the gold rush) and geography (the formation of the Yukon River and Denali) may be intended to evoke the flavor of stories about Paul Bunyan, but Rose is an unconvincing character. Exaggeration is naturally a hallmark of fabulous stories, but there should be some internal logic to the preposterous claims. Cartwright's watercolor illustrations faithfully represent the action in the text, which doesn't add to the book's success.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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About the Author

Author, adventurer, whale detective, pony wrangler, dog musher and all around fun hog, Shelley Gill lives her books! Shelley is the author of several children's books, including ALASKA, HAWAI'I, and SITKA ROSE. She was previously an editor at Alaska Woman magazine, and also worked as a reporter, editor, and publisher for the Frontiersman and Valley Sun newspapers in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Shelley lives with her family on a ridge above Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570913641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570913648
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Shelley Gill is an author and adventurer who has lived in Alaska 37 years. Through her true stories about racing in the Iditarod, swimming with blue whales, riding with the vaquero, climbing in ancient temperate rain forests and sailing to Antarctic she inspires kids to dream big. She visits schools all over the world and currently works as a humpback whale researcher in Prince William Sound. Read more about her at shelleygill.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judy Rosella Edwards on December 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a charming rhyming picture book about an adventurous young girl named Sitka Rose, with colorful illustrations by Shannon Cartwright that teach as much about Alaska as the story does. "Sitka Rose" is a great tale for teaching both girls and boys about interacting with the world around them and taking life into your own hands. A timeless tale spanning from the creation of the Yukon River and the Denali National Park and Preserve all the way up through the Gold Rush, includes numerous Alaskan animals and a map of Alaska. The author, Shelley Gill, and Cartwright are both Alaska residents -- and it shows. A great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A E King on August 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Beautiful watercolor technique, but disturbing perspective/scale. And the Prose? poetry? Broken meter, poor flow, bad example of lit for young minds.
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Format: Paperback
It's a fun tall tale. I love that it's a female character. I enjoyed the opportunity to talk to my girls about tall tales and legends and the fun of making up silly stories just for fun to explain something. It also gave us a chance to talk about some local history (being from Seattle, there is a Gold Rush museum we have visited related to the Alaska Gold Rush).
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By SPK on March 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We purchased this book while in Sitka and thought it was totally charming! Fun story, great illustrations! i even went back for a second copy to send to a friend.
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