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"All of the kids later grow up, but none of them forget the land they created."

Roxaboxen illustration by Barbara Cooney
Rosie Toesie wears pretty, little dresses and likes to swirl her skirt. She listens intently at story time and aims to please at all the rest.

She says she counts to 103. She says she knows all the days of the week but not all the months of the year because Rosie Toesie likes to keep it real.

Rosie Toesie has knitty eyebrows over the lizard that died in the storybook.

She asks me, "What were those sirens going by?" on the way to class today, but, when she's excited to tell something, she jumps up and down all the while.

Rosie Toesie wears glasses and tangles in her hair. Her eyes are deep, dark chocolate and my bet's on everyone who loves a Rosie melting in them.

Rosie Toesie likes puppets and that's alright with me.

Rosie T made a little gravesite out of boxes in memoriam of the lizard that died in our storybook.

She is faithful to remind me of the things her mama says she mustn't eat on account of a thing they are trying to figure out about Rosie Toesie. I am happy to oblige because Rosie T is as good-natured about it all as you wouldn't even believe.

When you ask Rosie Toesie how she's doing, she says she doing fine and then, she says, "Can I go to the bathroom?"

Of course, you can, Rosie Toesie. Let me turn the light on for you.


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