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Rose Meets Mr. Wintergarten Hardcover – May 1992

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA) (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564020398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564020390
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 0.9 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,173,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Doyle on 28 May 2010
Format: Paperback
One of my kids' favourite children's books, and one I never minded reading again and again (and again...!) Rose and her very appealing, slightly quirky family move into their new house, delighting in their homey family life, with a good number of animals as well, when one day a ball goes astray into their neighbour's garden, the old and crabby Mr Wintergarten. Braving all the neighbourhood rumours and determined to retrieve her ball, Rose goes in to meet her neighbour -- and succeeds in breaching the divide between young and old, colour and monochrome, miserable and joyful. The illustrations are a total delight and the writing makes this real and charming, not saccharine and too idealistic -- Rose has real character. Highly recommended!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silk brewery on 9 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is so sweet and simple but with enough subtle fun (crocodiles and flying slippers) to keep the children engaged through the moral. Be nice to each other. Recommend
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one of the best children's books around! Great message! 9 Dec. 2006
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Format: Paperback
This is an appealing little book, short and to the point. It is the story of Rose which is told partly in pictures and partly in descriptive text. For instance the first image is clearly of Rose's family moving into a new house, with Mr Wintergarten's sinister house next door. It is a great way of getting children to talk about what is happening, there is lots going on and you can set the scene (along with children playing and kicking a ball over Mr Wintergarten's very high fence). I really liked the message in this which is great for pre-schoolers. Rose loses her ball over the fence of Mr Wintergarten's house, and the children start telling her horror stories of how awful she is - first she asks them not to because the baby can hear, and then she goes in and talks to her Mum who helps her take things over to Mr Wintergarten. Mr Wintergarten is very rude to Rose, but Rose is always polite and leaves when nothing more can be said - but she has made an impression, and Mr Wintergarten comes back and makes friends with the neighbourhood. The last picture is of Mr Wintergarten's fence being taken down.

Populated with appealingly illustrated characters and situations, a great story and an excellent message. It is a fun and funny book and my children love it. A definite 5 stars from me.
A little kindness goes a long way 6 Jan. 2011
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We love this book. My kids spend a lot of time examining the pictures which are fun and full of detail. Rose makes friends with the scary neighbor next door; who because of her bravery, finally lets the sun come into his life (literally and figuratively.) A great book about the power of kindness, the fallibility of gossip, and how optimism is sometimes rewarded.
Rose meets Mr Wintergarten 9 May 2007
By Colleen Watt - Published on
Format: Paperback
Another wonderful story by Bob Graham that shows how children can attach amazing imaginings to mundane things, and teaches us to take some time to get to know our neighbours - life can be better when you do!
Sweet Book 24 Sept. 2010
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Rose in her hippie family move to a new home and choose kindness to deal with their grumpy neighbor.
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