Saturday, February 29, 2020

Rachel's Roses by Ferida Wolff - ADVISABLE

Rachel's Roses by Ferida Wolff, illustrated by Margeaux Lucas, 100 pages. Holiday House, 2019. $16. 9780823443659.

Language: G; Mature content: G; Violence: G



Rachel is excited to get new buttons for her Rosh Hashanah outfit but he money from Mother will only buy plain buttons. Rachel sees special rose buttons that cost more, and decides to work extra to earn the money she needs. But shortly after the buttons are in hand, Rachel loses them along with her little sister! The search for Hannah helps Rachel realize what the most important things in life are really about, and her rose buttons (once found!) help the family in other ways.

This was a nice and simple story aimed at younger female readers. I enjoyed the story, and the setting in the Lower East Side among Jewish New Yorkers made it a quality historical piece, too. The author includes a personal note at the back that added a bit to the story. Overall, I'd recommend this one to any young girls looking for a good book.

Reviewer: TC

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