When Rosa Came Home by Karen Wyld

RosaLook at that cover: isn’t it gorgeous? It’s the reason I decided to read this fabulous feat of magic realism. Young Angelita didn’t know she had another sibling until Rosa was brought home, unconscious, mysterious and accompanied by a circus-load of friends (human and animal).

Angelita is the perfect narrator. She does not speak and is therefore an ideal listener, naturally allowing the soliloquies of the visitors to flow uninterrupted. Gradually, Rosa’s time away is pieced together.

It is gentle and warm, with the feel of a modern fairy tale. There are certainly the tropes of classic folk stories and a good deal of dramatic irony: a favourite technique of the Grimms et al.

I highly recommend this book. Links to purchase in many formats are all here.

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