Rose's Dress of Dreams (Little Gem) by Katherine Woodfine

Rose's Dress of Dreams (Little Gem)

Written by Katherine Woodfine
Illustrated by Kate Pankhurst

5+ readers   Early Readers   7+ readers   Little Gems   Summer Reading   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   
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Interest Age 5-8 | Rose's Dress of Dreams reads like a wonderful fairy tale, the little girl who dreams of beautiful dresses and spends her time drawing designs for fanciful frocks (much to the amusement of her family) grows up to create couture for Paris royalty. Though Katherine Woodfine's dreamy tale is based up on the life of Rose Bertin, a pioneer of fashion in the court of Marie Antoinette. Rose's dresses are breathtaking works of art, using the finest materials and jewels and lashing of imagination...but first she must serve out her time as an apprentice. Despite the hard work and exhaustion Rose never lets go of her dream. The book is dressed with colourful and ornate artwork from Kate Pankhurst.

A Piece of Passion from Emma Hargrave, Editor : It is a joy to welcome Katherine Woodfine to our list with such a stunning Little Gem. Katherine’s love of research led her to stories of fascinating young women in the court of Marie Antoinette. In particular, the passionate talent and energy of Rose Bertin sparked Katherine’s imagination – so much so that the glimmer of an idea was transformed into this wonderful story as easily as a needle pulling thread …

We are thrilled to offer a stand-out illustrator for Rose. Kate Pankhurst is renowned for her portraits of female pioneers, and her spirited artwork perfectly evokes the life and times of Rose Bertin, a girl who secured her own dreams and enabled others to live theirs. Rose’s Dress of Dreams really is a gorgeous dream of a book – inspirational, engaging, and as well-crafted as the outrageous fashions it describes.

Katherine Woodfine adds: I’m so delighted to be joining Barrington Stoke’s wonderful Little Gems list, with this story inspired by the real-life Rose Bertin. As soon as I discovered Rose’s story, I was captivated by the idea of this determined young girl, forging a new path for herself in 18th century Paris – and going on to change the course of fashion history. I’ve long been an admirer of Kate Pankhurst’s gorgeous illustrations and I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with her.

Kate Pankhurst adds: I’m a huge fan of Katherine’s writing, she has such a talent for creating a sense of history and place in her stories, so I jumped at the chance to illustrate this title. Historical fiction is such a great way for young readers to explore the past and I’m particularly looking forward to recreating Katherine’s vivid descriptions of the stunning fashions seen in France in the late 1700s.

High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities. Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page. They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.


Rose's Dress of Dreams (Little Gem) by Katherine Woodfine

Young Rose dreams of sewing beautiful dresses for the women of Paris. But when a chance encounter with royalty changes her life, Rose must draw on all her skills to create the most breathtaking dress of them all Based on the life of Rose Bertin, the woman credited with creating haute-couture, this is a story to inspire bold girls and boys everywhere.

A beautiful tale for dreamers from award-winning author Katherine Woodfine. Based on the life of Rose Bertin, the woman credited with creating haute-couture, and featuring stunning illustrations by Kate Pankhurst.

About the Author

Katherine Woodfine was born in Lancashire in 1983, and studied English at Bristol University. She lives in London and since 2009 has worked for the literature charity Booktrust, where she is a children's book specialist and project manager of the Children's Laureate, working with leading children's authors such as Malorie Blackman, Julia Donaldson and Anthony Browne.

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96 pages


Katherine Woodfine
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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

14th April 2018




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