Book Review: UNRAVELING ROSE by Brian Wray

UNRAVELING ROSE by Brian Wray and Illustrated by Shiloh Penfield
Projected Publish Date: September 28th 2017
Pages: 32
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)
Synopsis: Rose is a stuffed bunny who loves the little boy she lives with and all the fun they have together. They play in the park, paint pictures, and read stories. Everything is perfect, until she discovers a loose thread dangling from her arm. Rose tries to ignore the little string, but it is no use. No matter how hard she tries, Rose can’t stop pulling at it. Before long, the thread is all she can think about. Slowly, her arm unravels, its stuffing falls out, and Rose can no longer do the things she loves doing. Can Rose find a way to forget about the little loose thread? The story offers a great way for parents and teachers to talk to children about what happens when impulsive and obsessive thoughts get in the way of enjoying everyday life, and what to do about it.

**Thank you to Schiffer Kids and Netgalley – I received this e-ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.**

UNRAVELING ROSE is a great book for children (and adults) who struggle with anxiety. Rose, a stuffed bunny, lives with anxiety and compulsive tendencies. When she discovers a loose thread, it’s all she can think about and ends up in an unfortunate situation.

I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I hate to think that there are children who are dealing with these types of struggles so young and need a book like this. On the other hand, because the aforementioned does inevitably exist, I’m thankful this book is around to let them know they’re not alone in feeling this way. As an adult, I also struggle with anxiety, so I found familiarity and comfort in Rose.

I gave this book 4/5 stars because of the impact it will have on those who struggle with anxiety and the illustrations. The illustrations are beautiful. The watercolor images are soft and deliver a calming sensation to the stressful, anxious tone of the story.

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