Book Title: BLOOMING ROSE BLASTS OFF! by Lauren Piland
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Jan 10, 2023
Content Rating: G for all kids.
Rose loves to write, draw, and play―but what happens when she has to face a project she’s never done before?! With encouragement from her best friend, Brady, and some brainstorming with Dad, does Rose’s rocket launcher project turn out to be less than stellar or out of this world?!
Review: This is the story about a girl named Rose and a project that just seemed impossible. All she had to do was build a rocket ship. A rocket ship…sounded…easy. And the rocket launchers were due on Monday. Right away, the anxiety levels were sky rocketing.
But, as her dad said, everyone has to learn to practice to be good at something.
Through trial and error, Rose and her dad try out different ways of building a rocket.
The illustrations that filled these pages were cute and colorful. I liked the concept of having to practice to learn something, which is something that should be embraced by everyone. It would’ve been nice to have seen a few more trial-and-errors before Rose finally figured out something that worked. It just seemed a little too easy for her after only just one try. Still, the message is the same: Don’t stop trying and don’t ever quit. It’s normal to find challenges difficult, but it’s when we push through and try our hardest that makes us most proud.
A nice and inspirational read.
Rating: 4 stars
As a former second grade and elementary art teacher, Lauren Piland is a Louisiana native turned Texas homesteader who knows the importance of engaging read-alouds both in class and at home. After taking a step back from the classroom to raise her second child, she realized the gap some campuses face between the undersupported emotional struggles of students and the overwhelming responsibilities of teachers. “When we can use tools such as books and relatable characters to open up those more meaningful conversations, both at home and in the classroom, it aids in that process of peeling back layers of getting to know each other better and building trust,” says Piland. “Children need to feel seen, feel heard, and feel protected. And we do that by tapping into our emotions.”
Piland also wanted to further support teachers by including ready-to-use, curriculum-based exercises to go along with each book that focus on learning objectives such as reading comprehension strategies, vocabulary building and word mechanics exercises, writing prompts, whole group projects and STEM exercises with differentiated versions for students in Pre-K all the way to fourth grade.
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