Rose is a stuffed bunny who loves the little boy she lives with and all the fun they have together. They play in the park, paint pictures, and read stories. Everything is perfect, until she discovers a loose thread dangling from her arm. Rose tries to ignore the little string, but it is no use. No matter how hard she tries, Rose can’t stop pulling at it. Before long, the thread is all she can think about. Slowly, her arm unravels, its stuffing falls out, and Rose can no longer do the things she loves doing. Can Rose find a way to forget about the little loose thread? The story offers a great way for parents and teachers to talk to children about what happens when impulsive and obsessive thoughts get in the way of enjoying everyday life, and what to do about it.
As a parent I think this is a fantastic book. The illustrations are simple but elegant and help make the story more poignant. Best of all I loved the lesson being taught that you shouldn’t focus on your flaws and trying to be perfect or you will miss out on the world around you. It’s a great lesson that if we can really impress upon our kids then hopefully when they’ll still remember it when they hit those god-awful teen years. I also liked that there was never a point that the boy mentioned the ‘flaw’ because all he saw was his friend who he wanted to spend time with regardless if she was perfect or not.
I read this with my daughter and the first time through all she got from it was how pretty the bunny was and she liked that she and the bunny were into the same things. Then we talked about the deeper lessons in play and went back over the story. That time she paid closer attention to why the bunny was pulling at the string and the activities she missed out on due it and that made a huge impact on her.
From both a parent and kid point of view we give this FIVE paws up!
Thank you to Netgalley and Schiffer Kids for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com