The Sign on Rosie's Door

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Harper Collins, Oct 15, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 48 pages
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There was a sign on Rosie's door that said, "If you want to know a secret, knock three times." Kathy, Rosie's good friend, knocked three times and learned the secret-that Rosie was no longer Rosie, but Alinda, the lovely lady singer.

Adventures with Alinda were fun for Kathy and Sal and Pudgy and Dolly. Even Lenny, who occasionally didn't believe in Alinda, was delighted by the Fourth of July celebration that Alinda, with the help of the Magic Man, held. At the end of the celebration, Alinda was gone forever, and Rosie had returned, but she soon found something else nice to be.

Maurice Sendak, the well-known artist and author-illustrator of Kenny's Window and Very Far Away, has written a story of real children, playing as only children know how. Young readers will wish that Alinda lived next door to them.


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User Review  - Whisper1 - LibraryThing

This is one of the lighter books written and illustrated by Sendak. It harkens back to a simple time, a time when pretend was a daily game and neighborhood children who grew bored with summer and with ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maya Watts - Goodreads

The Sign on Rosie's Door was another book both written and illustrated by Maurice. The story is about Rosie, who dresses up as a “lady singer” to put on a show for everyone she knows. Things do not go ... Read full review


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Page 20 - They were all gone. Two of the folding chairs lay on their sides. "It's getting late," said Kathy. "I have to go home." "Wasn't it a wonderful show?" asked Rosie. "It was the best I ever saw," Kathy answered. "Let's have another one soon." "Same time, same place," said Rosie. "Good-by, Cha-Charoo.
Page 18 - Now I'll sing," Alinda said. She stretched out her arms. "On the sun — "Give me back my hat," said Lenny. "I have to go put out another fire." "No," said Alinda. "You said for keeps.
Page 6 - There was a sign on Rosie's door. It read, "If you want to know a secret, knock three times." Kathy knocked three times and Rosie opened the door. "Hello, Kathy." "Hello, Rosie. What's the secret?
Page 19 - Come on, Sal, help me put the fire out!'' "We better help him," said Pudgy. "He needs us," said Sal. "But — " Alinda began. But they were already gone. "I better go too,
Page 8 - I'll sing in a great musical show." "When?" Kathy asked. "Now, in my back yard. Want to come?" "Can I be somebody too?" asked Kathy. Rosie had to think for a minute. "I suppose," she said finally, "you can be Cha-Charoo, my Arabian dancing girl.
Page 40 - Of course," they all agreed. "What did he tell you, Alinda?" asked Kathy. "He told me that I'm not Alinda the lost girl any more." "What else?" asked Pudgy. "And he told me—
Page 14 - Hello, everybody!" someone said. Everybody turned and saw Lenny wearing a fireman's hat. "Can I play too?" he asked. "We're not playing," Alinda shouted. "It's a real show and you can't.

About the author (2002)

Maurice Sendak received the Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. He has also received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the National Medal of Arts, and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

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