Rosie’s Walk – Pat Hutchins

POINTS: 4 out of 10.

Bechdel: 0 point
Variety of characters: 0 points
Good story: 2 points. We both love it.
Discretionary ideological points: 2 points

Rosie’s Walk is a great little book. It is actually an excellent example of why, despite what I am trying to do here, some books that don’t pass the “liberal agenda” test are actually still totally awesome.

It’s a super simple book – the whole thing is basically just one run-on sentence. Rosie goes for a walk, and gets home in time for dinner. The book simply lists where she goes. The real plot is in the illustrations, where utterly oblivious Rosie is chased by a fox who keeps being foiled in its plans to nom Rosie for dinner. The fox lands on a rake and gets smacked in the face, the fox misjudges a jump and ends up in the pond, and so forth. Rosie wanders along entirely unaware of the danger following her, but somehow still manages to escape.

It’s great for reading to kids, because, like any really well created picture book, much of the action has to be discussed over the pictures. Which turns it into an interactive experience for the child rather than a passive one, and I am ALL about that. Because of this, I’ve given it 2 discretionary points, just because I think it deserves a higher score than it would otherwise have received.

It doesn’t pass Bechdel because there is no conversation, and even if there was there are really only two characters, and the only one with a name is Rosie herself. I can’t say it shows any diversity or feminism or otherwise ideologically significant aspects.

But it’s still awesome. Totally awesome. And I’d recommend it, especially for really small kids. C and I have been reading it for years together, and he still loves it.

What do you think? What other super simple books do you love? Do you have recommendations for other books that show much of the plot in the illustrations?

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