Aunt Mary’s Rose


by Douglas Wood
illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)
ISBN: 978-0-7636109-0-6



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Douglas Wood’s Aunt Mary’s Rose is a quiet, intimate portrayal of a family through the decades. A story of what it’s like to grow up in a certain time and place. A family story as well. About the bonds a family share and create. About memories. About the stories a family passes on. About family legacies. About the connections we make that last forever. It’s a story about love.

A best-selling author and illustrator team up to cultivate a heartwarming, true story of a family linked through time by the tending of a beloved rosebush.

Aunt Mary has a very special rosebush in her garden. She says a little bit of Douglas can be found inside it. And she tells him how the rosebush has a little bit of Douglas’s daddy in it as well. And a little bit of his daddy’s daddy. And, of course, a little bit of Aunt Mary. Douglas Wood’s tender memoir is complemented by LeUyen Pham’s charming and engaging illustrations. Together they show how caring for a treasured rosebush provides a connection between generations, and an enduring expression of attentiveness and familial love.