Rosie longs to be included in the other village children's fun activities, but she's too shy to approach them. Meanwhile, solitary young dragon Rasmus dreams of growing wings and flying. But when their paths cross, they quickly become friends. Rosie introduces Rasmus to teatime, doing pirouettes, and skipping rope; Rasmus shows Rosie his kite, balloons, and a book featuring a full-grown, winged dragon. Rosie is determined to help Rasmus fly, but her ideas (like latching him to balloons and then a kite) prove unsuccessful. However, giving him a special present proves uplifting when Rasmus' wings unexpectedly appear, and he soars at last. Though now time to part (why is unexplained), each goes on with more confidence and courage—and once home, Rosie's inspired to reach out and meet someone new. Expressive watercolor illustrations, dominated by soft pink and green, depict the pair's experiences, individually and together, in a range of scenes, including wide-angle landscapes and playful montages, which nicely capture Rosie's and Rasmus' moods. A charming tale of what it means to be—and make—new friends. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Geddes (the Lulu Bell series) pays tribute to friendship in this tale of a lonely girl and a friendly young dragon. Pink-cheeked Rosie is a wallflower who wishes other kids would notice her; Rasmus is a wingless dragon who wishes he could fly. When Rosie appears atop the hill where Rasmus resides, he offers her a flower and the pair become fast friends. The girl teaches the dragon everything she knows (how to execute a pirouette and drink tea like a queen), and the dragon shares his own favorite things, all of which involve taking to the skies. Rosie encourages ("One day you'll fly. I know it!") and promptly begins strategizing. Early efforts flop, but after receiving a gift from Rosie, Rasmus finally sprouts tiny wings that take him airborne. In a poignant scene, both friends shed tears upon the realization that it's time for Rasmus to fly away. Rosie is alone once again—until she finds the courage to initiate friendship with someone new (by sharing a flower, of course). Geddes's soft watercolor palette heightens the quiet sweetness of this story about two characters learning to venture forth. Ages 4–8. Agent: Jill Corcoran, Jill Corcoran Literary Agency. (Apr.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.
A lonely girl and a solitary young dragon become unexpected friends and share games and stories while the girl helps the dragon learn to fly well enough to seek his destiny, compelling a sad farewell and opening the way to new friendships. 40,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.Review by Publisher Summary 2
When a lonely little girl meets a lonely not-so-little dragon, something miraculous happens . . . in an enchanting story about the extraordinary power of friendship.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Lonely Rosie meets a solitary dragon named Rasmus and helps him learn to fly, but when her new friend is successful and must leave her, Rosie gains the confidence to seek new friendships.Review by Publisher Summary 4
Two kindred spirits'a lonely young girl and a solitary young dragon'find each other and discover the power and magic of friendship in this sweetly simple picture book. Every day, Rosie waits and watches as children play together, laugh and share stories, hoping she can join in the fun and make a new friend. But every day her wish never comes true.Every day, Rasmus sits in his tree and waits and watches as birds dance in the sky, wishing he could fly just like them. But every day his wish never comes true.Then one day, Rosie and Rasmus meet and girl and dragon are lonely no more. They become the best of friends, playing together, laughing, sharing stories'and Rosie even helps Rasmus learn to fly! But when Rasmus finds his wings, he knows he must also find his fate. Two best friends say goodbye, as Rasmus flies away.But then'a lonely girl watches and waits as children play together, laugh and share stories, hoping she can join in the fun and make a new friend. And today, when Rosie brings her a flower, she does.Serena Geddess's enchanting tale is sure to make readers believe in the transformative power of love, friendship, and faith.