Holiday Reading: Christmas Rose

by Robyn Buttars
Published by Shadow Mountain Press, 2008
Winner of the League of Utah Writers Award

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.

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9 Responses to Holiday Reading: Christmas Rose

  1. kaye says:

    Oh, this does sound sweet! Great pick and review, Margot.

  2. This does sound sweet! It’s too bad more of us don’t have that respect for the elderly.

  3. Rural View says:

    I might like this one. As a teenager I spent many weekends with my great-aunt who was the director of a county nursing home in Illinois and lived in a house on the property. I loved the residents of the home; they were my friends.

  4. How cute, but that must have been one huge mixing bowl!

  5. Martha says:

    Well golly, I got misty just reading the description I know I’m going through a box or two of kleenex. You’ve had some great Christmas reads.

  6. Tami says:

    Great holiday pick. As we are dealing with nursing homes for Dave’s mom in the very near future) it is encouraging to read a positive story that tells of dignity and seeing the worth of the elderly. This will probably require two boxes of kleenex for me, but it sounds wonderful. Thanks for the find.

  7. Staci says:

    This one sounds truly adorable. And I love that the elderly were treated with such respect!! I worked in a nursing home when I was a teen. My grandma lived there and I wanted to visit her regularly plus I just loved the people that lived there. I adopted a grandma and a grandpa and would rush down to the “smoking room” after I was done wiping the tables so that they could tell me stories from their youth. Boy do I miss hearing stories about the good old days.

  8. wakela says:

    This sounds like a truly great read. Its too often that people ignore the elderly because they are “too much to handle” or “easily confused” or whatever other label they want to slap on them.

    I have found that the elderly are a wonderful source of history and knowledge. You just have to be willing to sit and listen.

  9. Mystica says:

    This sounds really good for right now!

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