Violet runs the fastest, sings the highest, looks the fanciest, and talks the loudest. Everyone agrees that she’s the best.
Except Rosie. Rosie isn’t fast, or loud, or fancy, but she’s tired of hearing that Violet is the best.
When their class grows pea plants, Rosie’s and Violet’s are the first to sprout! But Violet’s is a little taller. So Rosie pushes some soil over Violet’s sprout to slow it down. And for a moment, Rosie’s plant is the best—but she feels terrible. And she feels even worse when she learns that Violet has the chicken pox.
So for the next two weeks, Rosie waters her plant—and Violet’s too. She turns them in the sun, and sings them quiet growing songs. And her teacher says that Rosie is the best gardener she’s ever had. Definitely the best.
This empathetic story captures every child’s desire to be noticed and praised, and the subtle competitions that go on in a classroom. It’s a book to swell every shy child’s heart.
The New York Times Book Review
“What follows is another important lesson…. All children deserve a chance to shine, even those who don’t loudly proclaim their achievements. And not every perfect child is likable. Barton’s animated sketches vividly and realistically tell a much more complicated story than in “Mine!” without losing any of the emotional expressiveness that book conveyed so well.”
*starred review* “This impressive new author is well served by Barton (Mine!), whose digital classroom sketches convey a tumult of emotion and have just the right amounts of energy and vulnerability.”