Perfect Picture Book Friday – Rosie And Rasmus

Golly!  It seems like forever since we did Perfect Picture Book Friday, what with all the Valentiny Contest excitement!

But here we are, back again today and I have such a sweet, beautiful book to share with you!  I can’t wait for you to see it!

Just a quick note – for anyone who has been faithfully posting PPBF every week, please feel free to add all your recent book review links to today’s list if you like!

And now, prepare for a truly Perfect Picture Book! 🙂


Title: Rosie And Rasmus

Written & Illustrated By: Serena Geddes

Aladdin, April 2 2019, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: friendship

Opening: “This is Rosie.
She lives in a little village with cobblestone streets, a water fountain, and an ice cream stand.
Every day Rosie watches and wishes.
She watches as the others play.
She wishes someone would see her.

Rosie 1

Rosie 2

Brief Synopsis: Rosie, a lonely little girl, meets Rasmus, a lonely little dragon, and they discover the extraordinary magic and power of friendship.  When Rasmus has to leave, Rosie finds she has learned more than she realized about making friends.

Links To Resources: Easy Friendship Bracelets; Preschool Bead Friendship Bracelet; Slightly Harder Friendship Bracelet; draw a picture of yourself and a friend doing something together; talk about what friendship means.

Rosie 3

how cute is this dragon?! 🙂


Why I Like This Book: To me, this book is just the definition of a perfect picture book! Sweet, simple text that conveys a moving and lovely message about friendship, and enormously appealing art in soft colors with beautiful expression.  Any of us who have ever known (or been) a shy and lonely preschooler can relate to Rosie’s longing for a friend.  You just have to see the page where she and Rasmus meet.  He’s hidden up in a tree, and she’s sitting forlornly on the ground below, and out of the tree comes his tail – only his tail – offering her a flower 🌸   So incredibly sweet!  Rasmus has his own problems.  He can’t fly.  So Rosie does everything in her power to help him.  When his wings finally grow and he has has to fly off and do dragon things, they say a tearful goodbye.  Rosie goes back to her village, once again watching the other children and wishing for a friend.  But this time, she knows what to do.  And I’m not going to tell you, because you just have to read this book and see for yourself!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂


37 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Rosie And Rasmus

  1. Barbara Gruener says:

    Oh the cuteness overload; thanks for your lead on this upcoming treasure! And for hosting PPBF. What a gift.

  2. julie rowan zoch says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to load up all the recent links, kind and generous woman that you are! Love that both our picks today are about sweet and simple friendship AND that I will see you again in just about 8 weeks! Sweet and simple!

  3. Sue Heavenrich says:

    What a perfect picture book! Now I have to add it to my already really loooooong list of PBs that Must Be Read!

  4. Erik Dutton says:

    This looks really sweet! I like how the town in the first spread reminds me of the main square in The Good Place… 🙂

  5. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    What sweet illustrations. I’ve begin to notice so much more how animals express themselves through their ears, something that I’m sure illustrators take for granted. And the expressions of Rosie and Rasmus on the cover are so tender. I’m also in love with the alliteration of the their names. This is going on my TBR pile as soon as I find it. Thanks for the rec!

  6. Genevieve Petrillo says:

    I bet Rosie gives someone a flower. That’s what I would do. Or maybe a slobbery lick or a cuddle. Or maybe she’ll follow them around and stare. All of these techniques have worked for me. I have plenty of friends. Actually, mostly Mom.

    Love and licks,

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