Illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Ages 5 to 7
Boyds Mills Press, 1994, 1-56397-136-4
One day, while Wanda is walking to school she notices that a bare branched thorny shrub is growing in a trash filled empty lot. Wanda is sure that the shrub was a rosebush and though it is growing on land that does not belong to her she decides that she is going to claim the shrub as her own and take care of it.
She begins her project by cleaning up as much of the trash as she can. It is not long before other people in the neighborhood are helping her. The other people do not think that the shrub is a rosebush but they help Wanda anyway and hoped that she wouldn’t be too disappointed when her “rosebush” does not bloom. Wanda does not give up hoping though. More than anything she wants to have a rose garden where there was once an ugly empty lot.
This heartwarming story about a little girl’s dream is sure to charm children and adults alike. By having faith, and some very kind and good friends, Wanda’s simple dream does indeed come true. Gardeners and dreamers alike will be drawn to this well told and warmly illustrated picture book.
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