Rosie's Glasses

illus. by Dave Whamond. 32p. Kids Can Pr. Sept. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781771389914. POP
PreS-Gr 2—A young girl's perspective is transformed when she finds a magical pair of glasses in Whamond's wordless picture book. Rosie's day gets off on the wrong foot, where she wakes up late, gets drenched with rain on her way to school, and steps in a puddle. Her gloomy mood is shown through an entirely monochromatic color scheme, along with a storm cloud that hangs over her head. However, everything changes when she finds a literal pair of rose-colored glasses on her way home from school. When she puts them on, the world is transformed into a joyful, vibrant, and colorful place, where she exuberantly interacts with her family, schoolmates, and city. The detailed illustrations are key to conveying Rosie's changing outlook, and the book cleverly contrasts the same scenes with Rosie's family, school, and city, using different color palettes and subtle changes. The wordless format allows readers to interpret Rosie's story using context clues, making this an excellent tool for discussing how good and bad moods can alter perspectives.
VERDICT This wordless picture book explores the impact positive thinking can have on one's happiness. A solid choice for most school and public libraries.

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