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Nosy Rosie Paperback – August 29, 2006

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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–Keller takes on the subject of name calling in a gentle, simple, and compassionate manner. Rose the fox uses her exceptional sense of smell to find things that others lose, such as a lipstick that smells red, a baseball that smells new, and the babys bottle that smells like milk. Because of her abilities, she is dubbed Nosy Rosie, a name that everyone thinks is funny except Rose. Finally, when family members beg her to find their missing items, she shouts, I dont hear you because thats not my name. The heartfelt dialogue poignantly conveys the little foxs hurt feelings and reads aloud perfectly. The colorful mixture of robust watercolors and simple black lines touchingly reveals each characters attitude through expressive body movement rather than facial features. Each spread has one big illustration that sometimes fills the entire page and an opposite page that displays smaller vignettes on a clean white background. The large text is easy to see even on a colored background, and the satisfying conclusion is one that children will cheer. A great choice to start a discussion of this issue, as well as a sweet story.–Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA
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PreS. Rosie the fox uses her strong sense of smell to help others find what they have lost until they start teasing and calling her "Nosy Rosie." One day when she is out in the forest, she smells powder and soap and finds baby Harry in the bushes, while everyone else is frantically searching for him. She is a hero after that, and everyone agrees to call her just plain Rosie. The simple words and the clear line-and-watercolor pictures dramatize the power of the small, smart fox in her pretty, green dress, and the attention to the sense of smell will challenge preschoolers to try out some of their own sniffing detective work in the world around them. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060787589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060787585
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the very few books specifically about name calling that I have been able to find for preschoolers. It is straightforward and features a cute family of foxes so is appealing to young preschoolers. Provides a nice jumping off point for discussing name calling and why it is hurtful.
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The book is about a family of an anthropomorphic foxes, namely a mother and her children, all of whom are named after flowers. Rose is a girl who has the ability to find lost items with her nose, namely her particularly good sense of smell. Trouble is, because of this, her siblings start calling her "Nosy Rosie"...and Rose dislikes this nickname and being called it upsets her.

The art is appealing without being smarmy, and the family act like a realistic mother and children, and the book is well-suited for preschoolers. This is not so much about teasing is it is about giving someone a nickname that they don't want to be called-which is actually an important issue, especially for small children.
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Rose can find anything. She's got a nose for finding things you lose.

One day her talent earns her a nickname. But she doesn't much care for it.

Rose decides she won't even respond to the others if they call her Nosy Rosie. Her friends decide they don't need her services anymore anyway.

Rose sets out to find a way to ditch her nickname. In the meantime, her friends decide to ditch her.

Rose is fine with that. The nickname she finds mean isn't worth putting up with anymore just to make people happy by finding their lost items.

But that's when her friends find they need her the most. Rose also finds she needs them too.

Nosy Rosie is sure to be another hit for Keller. The vivid illustrations help tell the story beautifully and Keller's writing will entertain readers ages 4-8 while helping them learn to become better readers.
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