Roses for Gita

Roses for Gita


Written by Rachna Gilmore and Illustrated by Alice Priestley


Gita, recently emigrated from India and homesick, wants to plant a garden just like her grandmother's back home. She finds an unexpected ally in her crotchety old neighbour, Mr. Flinch. As these two unlikely friends learn to share their love for gardening and music, Gita begins to see her lonely neighbor in a new light.

"This is a lovely, gentle book. ... [It's] about the adjustment of one immigrant child, but it is also about the importance of beauty in life, and the ability of kindness to overcome isolation and fear." - Quill & Quire

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About the Author

Born in India, Rachna Gilmore has lived in London, England, and Prince Edward Island. She now lives in Ottawa where she continues to plark (play, work, lark) at her writing, dreaming up weird and wonder-filled tales.

About the Illustrator

Alice Priestley has illustrated numerous books including five other children’s stories. Out on the Ice in the Middle of the Bay was shortlisted for a Mr. Christie Book Award and the Amelia Frances Gibbon Award. Her other books include Winning the Girl of the Sea, The Watcher, Clouds on the Mountain and Someone’s Reading This Book. She lives in Toronto with her husband and children.

Product Information

  • Release: September 17, 1996

  • $7.95 Paperback

  • 24 Pages

  • 8.5 x 8.5

  • Children's Picture Book

  • Ages 5-8 / Grades K-3

  • Guided Reading: N

  • ISBN: 9780929005850


  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    > Family & Friendship

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Cultural & Ethnic Diversity