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The Adopting of Rosa Marie

Carroll Watson Rankin

Book Overview: 

In this charming girl's book we meet again the four chums of Dandelion Cottage. Their friendship knit closer than ever by their summer at playing house, the girls enlarge their activity by mothering a pretty little Indian baby.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I've got to."

Even with vigorous and prolonged shakings it took time to get Rosa Marie firmly established on her feet, and the children had walked more than a block of the homeward way before Rosa Marie opened one blinking eye under the street lamp.

If it had been difficult to make the uphill journey in broad daylight with Rosa Marie wide awake and moderately willing, it was now a doubly difficult matter with that young person half or three-quarters asleep and most decidedly unwilling.

"I wish to goodness," grumbled Mabel, stumbling along in the dark, "that I'd borrowed a real baby and not a heathen."

The longest journey has an end. The children reached Dandelion Cottage at last. Mabel found the key, unlocked the door, tumbled Rosa Marie, clothes and all, into the middle of the spare-room bed; waited just long enough to make certain that the Indian[33] baby slept; then, reassured by gentle, half-breed snores, Mabel, still suppo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book is a perfectly fine book, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as The Dandelion Cottage, the first book in the series. It's a good choice for readers who have read the first book and want to learn more about the characters.

This wasn't as enjoyable as the first book. I found that the author's description of Rosa Marie, especially in the early part of the book, sounded almost subhuman. I was a little shocked. Rosa Marie really only featured in the first quarter of the book. Most of it was focussed on the girls and their

Sequel to Dandelion Cottage. The Cottagers play at their game of "borrowing babies" every day—but Mabel borrows a baby she can't give back.

There are some comments in this book that would be considered racist today or at least out of place by our current standards. If read through a historical lens,