Monday, December 11, 2006

Review: Rosa Farm

This review was written by Alice Herold
I have three questions for Liz Wu, the author of Rosa Farm.
1. Was your favorite book as a child Charlotte's Web?
2. Are you an animal lover?
3. Did you read How the Rooster Stole the Sun?

I'm convinced the author spent many hours sitting quietly in a farmyard watching and wondering. In another lifetime, she could be a young Beatrix Potter. Eli, the cat, one of the main animal characters, expounds the virtues of being observant. He explains, "I'm in the business of information. All that means is I sit, watch, and listen to whatever goes on around me." He taught Gallileon, the rooster, to find out what happened to the sun after it disappeared for a few moments in the middle of the day. After several mishaps, including the kidnapping of Gallilion's sister, Pepina, one of the geese admits it's an "egg lips." Eli patiently explains an eclipse, a rare event, when the moon gets in the way of the sun.

The black and white illustrations, by Matt Phelan, are lovingly drawn and apaced throughout Rosa Farm. the book is written for an early elementary audience.