Captain Rosalie by Timothee de Fombelle & Isabelle Arsenault
This is a story about a brave and determined young girl named Rosalie, aka Captain Rosalie, who’s on a secret mission. Set against the backdrop of World War I, we meet five-year-old Rosalie living a simple life of small pleasures with her mother. Rosalie’s father is a soldier away at war and she barely knows him except for the letters he sends home. Letters that draw her mother away, enveloping her in wistful musings and distant longing.
A quiet, unspoken rebellion builds and Rosalie seems intent on a purpose that she holds secret. Rosalie’s mother drops her each morning at the school gate on her way to the weapons factory where she works long hours until nightfall. At school, Rosalie is too young to join the class so is set up at the back of the classroom where she sits quietly with paper and pencils. But Rosalie has a plan, and no-one will doubt her bravery and fortitude when life is irrevocably changed by the arrival of a black-edged letter.
Beautifully told and sensitively brought to life through the illustrations, this story is full of heart.