The lights dimmed and
suddenly the orchestra burst into music. The red and orange silk curtain
shimmered as it slowly lifted to the ceiling. And then dancers floated onto
the stage, one by one, on tiptoes.
Rosie’s Dream Cape is quite simple, yet flowing and descriptive, a
story about Rosie Swedlove; a bright young girl wishing only that she
herself could have a cape just like her ballerina mother's.
Rosie was a very clever and talented girl, but yet there was just that
something keeping her away from her dream. Rosie, being a Jewish girl, had
lived in Russia until 1921, following the death of her mother. After that,
she and Bubba Sarah, her grandmother, fled to Toronto for a better life.
There, however, Rosie started working in a sweatshop making capes and coats
for upper-class women, working long hours and coping with a demanding boss.
The only thing that he was extremely serious about was,
“DON’T steal the scraps,” but Rosie was
determined that she would get that cape she had always dreamed about.
The author, Zelda Freedman wrote this book as a promise to her mother, Rosie
Swedlove, who wanted people to know about her hard working years in the
sweatshop. Zelda resides in Ottawa, Ontario and has worked as a professional
writer for the last 11 years. Since retiring, Zelda Freedman has become a
professional potter, painter and weaver. Rosie’s Dream Cape was Zelda
Freedman’s first children’s book and is a soft cover novel with 113 pages.
Overall, I thought that Rosie’s Dream Cape was an extremely
worthwhile and informative read, caringly weaved together into a delicate
story. It left me warm and content with the ending, so much that I couldn’t
sleep because I was thinking about the book for hours. It is especially
appealing because it is a true story. I think that this story would appeal
to readers aged 10 to 14, but an interesting read for all ages. I gladly
give this book 4 stars!