“I have a secret.
The others think I’m drawing in my notebook when
I’m sitting on the little bench underneath the coat hooks
at the back of the classroom. They think I’m dreaming
as I wait for evening to fall.
. . . .
But I am a soldier on a mission. I am spying on the
enemy. I am preparing my plan.
I am Captain Rosalie.”
War. At five, little Rosalie is very young to be preparing for her mission, but she is one determined little girl! Her father is a soldier, away at war, and her mother goes to work every day. The local teacher has agreed that Rosalie can sit quietly at the back of his class, and he will give her paper and pencils to draw with.
1. A picture of Rosalie sitting on her stool
She likes to put her stool under the coat rack where she can spy on the class, and the children are happy to hang their coats over and around her.
2. Picture of Rosalie, the spy, blending in with the coats
Rosalie’s mother is always excited to get letters from Rosalie’s father from the front. She reads them aloud to Rosalie. When the letters begin to reminisce, Rosalie gets impatient.
3. Picture of Rosalie, frustrated with her mother
But mother loves to read and re-read and remember her husband.
4. Picture of mother, reading and thinking of her husband
Captain Rosalie is adamant she is going to complete her mission, and she continues to plan.
5. Picture of Rosalie, ready for anything
This is a beautiful, moving story, more than a picture book for children, and I think it will spark a lot of conversation amongst adults and children alike.
It is absolutely wonderful. I am impressed that when it was translated from the original French, even the illustrations have been modified for English readers.
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