Minnow and Rose

Written by Judy Young
Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth

[ Minnow and Rose - Book Cover Image ]

Minnow lives with her family in a native village on the plains. She loves to swim, rightfully earning her nickname. Rose is traveling with her family on the Oregon Trail. It’s tiresome and she wishes something exciting would happen. Then, one day it does! On the banks of a rushing river, the two very different cultures come face to face. But just as a river can divide, it can also bring together and through the seeds of curiosity and caution, appreciation and friendship blossoms.


  • 2012 New York Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List
  • 2011/2012 Missouri Show Me Readers Award Nomination
  • 2010/2011 Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Award Nomination
  • 2010/2011 Alabama Camillia Book Award Nomination
  • 2010/2011 Delaware Diamonds Book Award Nomination
  • 2010 Storytelling World Award Winner for Preadolescent Listeners


Booklist: "The descriptive, third-person narrative alternates between each girl's story and incorporates details of everyday life, while the softly rendered, realistic paintings expressively depict the characters and events…this is an appealing, child-centric story of communicating across language and culture and finding friendship despite differences."

School Library Journal: "Beautiful oil paintings showing an Indian village, pioneer travel, and dangerous river crossings lend additional action and understanding to the story. An author's note provides more information on assistance given by Native Americans to pioneers and the difficulty of river crossings along the Oregon Trail."

Published by Sleeping Bear Press, 2009

Hard Cover 36 pp. ISBN 978-1-58536-421-3

Unavailable—Out of Print

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