Rosie was two and half when she and her mama moved into a house behind the Pleasant Manor Senior Care Facility. Her mother worked in the kitchen and was allowed to keep her little one in a playpen nearby. Everything was fine until one day Rosie climbed out of her playpen, wandered around and then fell asleep in a very large mixing bowl.
Rosie’s mother became alarmed and asked others to help search for Rosie. Soon the twenty residents of Pleasant Manor were looking for Rosie, even those in wheelchairs who hadn’t moved by themselves in a long time. By the time Rosie was discovered in the mixing bowl, every resident knew of Rosie and they were interested in her welfare. From that day on Rosie was allowed to wander through the Manor and make friends with the elderly residents.
This is the sweetest story of a very loving little girl and her development up to about age 9. Each chapter is devoted to a different elderly friend and what Rosie learns about life from them. One of the residents, Bessie, becomes Rosie’s best friend and she is a constant throughout the story.
One of the things I liked about this story is the great respect shown to the elderly characters in the story. Each character was treated with dignity as was the care facility itself. I felt the author must have had some experience with seniors and health care facilities as she got it all just right.
Warning: Keep the kleenex box handy.
Thanks so much to Robyn Buttars for sending me a copy of the book.
Check your local library for a copy. Christmas Rose is available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)
This is Book #7 in the Spirit of Christmas Reading Challenge.