This time of year, our "Rose of Sharon" blooms beautifully. Because this flower is related to the hibiscus that is so prevalent back in the Solomon Islands, we think of our far-away home when we see the shape of the leaves and the lovely blooms. When I found "A Piece of Home" on the Arkansas Diamond Award book list last year, I knew I needed to get it for our family.
According to the children's literature consultant who wrote the review: "A child-friendly story about the trials and triumphs of starting over in a new place while keeping family and traditions close." With descriptive language and beautiful illustrations, this book is a keeper. My heart was especially captured by the grandmother who struggled to adjust (we grownups do have a hard time with change!). A Rose of Sharon seedling helps soothe the wounds left by transition and bridge the cultural gap.