Introducing....

Rosemary Wells, Children's Book Author and Illustrator

Book of the Week:

The Little Lame Prince

Prince Francisco seems like fortune's favorite when he is born heir to the throne of El Cordoba, as adored by his parents as they are by their subjects. But everything changes before Francisco is even old enough to talk! Francisco is unable to walk or move properly, his parents are no longer living, and his wicked uncle Osvaldo has seized the throne and exiled the little lame prince to desolate Tierra Dolorosa. There, far from civilization, Francisco grows up, not knowing the true secret of his birth- and little dreaming that he is destined to return to El Cordoba under the power of his own courage and a magical gift from his fairy godmother. A timeless tale reveals new enchantment in this lively, loving adaptation.
The Little Lame Prince Book Trailer

Commentary:

Wells's homemade children's books are not only artistic, but they are extremely creative. In taking advantage of her talent and craft, she makes her books fun and interesting for children, ages 1-7. The creativity in the books makes her work entertaining and enjoyable for students and teachers included. Taking an interesting spin on classic books from her childhood, this makes Wells's work very distinct and unique, setting her apart from other authors. Wells's books teach children about everyday activities, school, building relationships, peer interaction, and much more. Her work is very kid-friendly and appealing to young students. All in all, Wells's work is memorable and surely has a lot of character all its own.

How can Wells's work be used in the classroom?

Ex. "Bunny Cakes"- Rosemary Wells


Create a productive author study unit in your classroom using "Bunny Cakes" by reading a short biography of Rosemary Wells and reading her books to your class. Using picture books, like "Bunny Cakes", and other stories by Wells can support young student literacy and promote reading. While reading these stories aloud to your students, reader growth activities include:


  • The strengthening in a range of skills (Predicting, Observing and Problem Solving) with the analysis of a book’s illustrations, beginning with the cover
  • Predicting and sequencing in order to summarize and explore the story
  • Strengthening understanding of a story's structure and sequencing


After reading this book aloud to your class, extend learning with reading activities and fun reading Printables. This story can serve as a transition into discussion about sibling relationships, sharing, birthdays, baking and much more.

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About the Author

Rosemary Wells was born in New York, New York in 1943. As a young girl, all Wells would do was draw; it was her favorite hobby. As a young girl, Wells was very artistic and loved writing stories for fun, based on these silly drawings. When Wells graduated high school, she went to a Museum School in Boston and eventually married Tom Wells and began a career as a book designer. There, she found herself a job with Macmillan and published her first book, “Sing a Song, O!”. Her home life and her pets, which often appear in her books, inspire Well’s writing. Wells's daughters are an inspiration for her most known characters, Max and Ruby. Her daughters encourage the dynamic of a younger to older sibling relationship, like Max and Ruby. Wells's philosophy encourages story writing that includes drawings as “emotion flows down a pencil onto paper”. Wells's method of drawing starts with light pencil sketches, gradually creating heavy lines, then color is added. Wells has perfected her craft and has been writing for over 3 decades. Wells feels that writing can be hard, but it is never, ever boring. Check out Rosemary Wells’s books, “Max’s Bedtime”, “Max & Ruby’s Treasure Hunt”, “Bunny Money”, and many more at a local bookstore near you!