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Rita Borg recommends Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine by Allison Wortche & Patrice Barton

We’re delighted to welcome Rita Borg to Story Snug to tell us about her favourite picture book, Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine.

The Story: ‘Violet was the best – everyone agreed. Except Rosie’. This is the beginning to a delightful book about everyone’s desire to be noticed and praised. Miss Willis, the teacher, gives her students a seed which she wants them to grow into a pea plant. Everyone knows that Violet’s plant will be the best; especially Violet. Feeling a bit jealous, Rosie throws soil on Violet’s already growing seedling. But when Violet falls ill to chicken pox, Rosie decides to take care of both plants by herself. With Rosie’s tender care, the two plants flourish. But when Violet returns to school, whose plant will be the best?

What I also liked about Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine is the ‘science’ lessons in the background. The seeds in order to grow into healthy plants need water, air, soil and sunlight, and a beautiful pot to grow in. Rosie even sings to the plants.

Patrice Barton’s illustrations are what first attracted me to Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine. They are both beautiful and funny. The children’s expressions in the book help readers know what is happening emotionally. This is a book to cherish with your own children who would want to be read to over and over again.

Age Range: 4 +

Author: Allison Wortche / Illustrator: Patrice Barton

About Rita Borg

Rita lives in Malta but was raised in New York City. She visits schools as a storyteller. She is the author of four bilingual (Maltese and English) picture books, one anthology of 10 short stories for 8-10 year olds, a picture book in Maltese and her latest book, Meg the Egg. She has published a poem on PEN for the European Union and various articles about storytelling to children in a range of magazines and newspapers. She is a member of the SCBWI.

The following books can be bought directly from Rita’s website.

  • Don’t Cross the Road, Holly / Taqsamx it Triq Fuxa
  • Rebecca’s Choice / L’Ghazla ta’ Rebecca
  • The Frogs’ Great Escape / Il Harba Taz Zringijiet
  • On a Lonely Tree / Fuq Sigra Mwarrba
  • Il Kalzetta Mitlufa
  • Seasons: an anthology

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7 responses to “Rita Borg recommends Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine by Allison Wortche & Patrice Barton”


  1. Jacquie@KCEdventures avatar

    Wonderful review – we have not read this one yet. And I do love books that have a science connection – stretches the learning 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the Discover & Explore Gardening for Kids linky!


    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome, it’s great to have guest bloggers who introduce me to books that I don’t know.


  2. Erica @What Do We Do All Day? avatar

    I had to think about your spam math problem today. haha! This book sounds cute. Thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf.


    1. Catherine avatar

      I need to read books about spring and planting right now – this has been a very long winter!


  3. Barbara Mojica avatar

    This book sounds great for the classroom. So many themes spring, new life, plants and the human story emotions involving jealousy, retribution and hard choices!


    1. Catherine avatar

      It does sound like it would be a good book to use in school for a wide range of ages as well as themes. I don’t know it but I have added it to my wishlist!


  4. Catherine avatar

    Thank you so much for your book recommendation Rita. This sounds like a wonderful story for spring 🙂

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