Thursday, May 17, 2012

Review of Wild Rose's Weaving

Wild Rose's Weaving by Ginger Churchill is the story of a young girl named Wild Rose whose grandmother wants to teach her how to weave. Wild Rose can't be bothered, though, because she is too busy. She plays outside, kicking up dirt and playing in the storm. She keeps telling herself that everything has got to be better than weaving. As she plays, Grandma works with the loom and her weaving grows higher and higher. By the time the storm ends, Grandma's rug is finished. Wild Rose looks at it and feels the life and the peace contained within it. She asks her grandmother how she created it. Grandma tells her that she did all of the same things that Wild Rose did, only through her weaving instead of outside. As Wild Rose begins to understand how the rug is "a picture of life," she decides that she would now like to learn how to do it. Grandma tells her that now she is too busy and the two go outside to play under the rainbow that has risen from the storm. The next day, they weave the rainbow into their rug.

I love the bond that is being created between grandmother and granddaughter. That relationship is a special one and this made me miss my own grandmothers. Passing down traditions from generation to generation is something to be cherished. I also loved the connection between nature and art that goes into the weaving of the rug. Both grandmother and granddaughter shared the same experience, though it manifested in different ways. Nicole Wong's illustrations perfectly accompany the story as Grandma's weaving on one page mimics what Wild Rose is doing on the other. This spiritual book is one that will be cherished by families who share it.

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Wild Rose's Weaving is also available to download to your Kindle.

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