Rosario's Fig Tree

Rosario's Fig Tree

Book - 2015
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Every spring the little girl who lives next door to Rosario helps him plant vegetables. One spring, Rosario plants a fig tree, which soon bears sweet purple fruit. But when fall comes, he bends it over and buries it in the ground. What kind of magic is Rosario performing?The next spring, on planting day, the little girl and Rosario make holes for tomato plants, push in stakes for beans and plant other vegetables. Then Rosario begins to unearth the buried fig tree. It looks dead, for sure. But one hot sunny day, a fresh green leaf appears.Inspired by her next-door neighbor, Charis Wahl has written a sweet and simple story about a little girl's first-hand experience with the magic of gardening. The story is complemented by Luc Melanson's gently humorous illustrations.
Publisher: Toronto :, Groundwood Books,, 2015
Description: 31 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN: 9781554983414
Branch Call Number: je Wahl *
Additional Contributors: Melanson, Luc.


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ksoles Apr 07, 2015

Rosario may not pull rabbits out of his hat but this "garden magician" enchants his little-girl neighbour every year with his garden full of vegetables. This year, Rosario does something different: he plants a fig tree that produces sweet, succulent fruit. In the fall, he buries the tree to the girl's dismay; she thinks the tree has died and merits a funeral. But next spring, Rosario digs up the tree and it yields its bounty once more. Magic indeed!

Charis Wahl's debut picture book has a deceptively simple style. It contains vocabulary appropriate for young readers but also introduces new gardening terms. She deftly crafts a relationship between a novice girl and her older, wiser neighbour whose white hair and wrinkles reflect his experience. The two share a love of growing things and teach readers about working with others and learning by doing.

Luminous illustrations by Luc Melanson enhance the story; the wide, expressive faces of the characters and the changing landscape of the garden draw attention to the acts of digging, planting and harvesting. Ultimately, "Rosario's Fig Tree" provides the perfect starting point for discussion about cooperation, friendship and nature. It may even inspire kids to plant a seed or two of their own.

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