Book Review: Rocking Rosetta

Emmaline Tomalin

Bumble Books

Review: Brian Joss

An entertaining tale about a little girl who loved to play her guitar. Rosetta played it even before she left for school and she strummed and plucked and sang every day and she loved to share. The only problem is that her parents didn’t appreciate her sharing sol much and told her to quieten down. Rosetta put her guitar in the corner and felt very alone. Until one day she decided the best thing to do was leave home. Walking down the street, she heard blaring from a car being driven by her granny who took her home for tea. There they strummed and plucked and sang until Rosetta’s parents came to collect her. She was very happy to see them and granny gave her a message that she never forgot. A delightful story to read aloud to children or they can read it themselves. The charming illustrations are by Tomalin who lives in Durban. Tomalin said the inspiration for the story was Sister Rosetta Tharpe, an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist, who was particularly known in the 1930s and 1940s for her gospel recording As a pioneer of mid-20th-century music, she attained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings, according to Wikipedia. Two of her hits included This Train and Didn’t It Rain.

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