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9/11 Book: September Roses

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September Roses illustrated and written by Jeanette Winter

Ages 5 – 8, 40 pages (Very short book with about a sentence on each page with beautiful pictures)

As September 11th approaches, I wanted to highlight some children’s books that can be used to discuss the topic.

September Roses is a true story about two sisters from South Africa who grow roses. They traveled with over 2,000 roses to New York City for a flower show. Due to the attack on the World Trade Centers, the flower show cancelled and the sisters weren’t able to travel back to South Africa. So, they had no where to go and boxes of unused roses. However, there was a suggestion for how to use the roses. The sisters formed two towers of roses that helped others during this tragic situation.

The book does a good job lightly explaining what occurred without giving too much details for young ages. The story is lovely of how roses could help people’s emotion during a difficult time. The pictures are beautiful as they move from bright colors into darkness. It’s a good book to lead into discussion.

– opening page

As I looked down at the roses, a young man walked to where I stood and told me how they came to be there.