What is the Book About?
Rosie Knows and Rosie Knows More are readable books containing 10 letters each from Rosie (who is a dog).
The letters address a variety of issues that are relevant to pre-teens and younger, presented in a light-hearted and sensitive manner.
The content has an ongoing theme of self-acceptance and a mindfulness approach to life. It is hoped these books will be enjoyable for both child and parent and be more motivational than prescriptive.
Who will benefit from reading Rosie Knows?
6-13 year-old target audience.
The book of letters “Rosie Knows” resulted from many school visits in regional Australia where Rosie’s observations in newsletter form stimulated positive conversations and comment from students and adults alike.
A warm relationship developed between a self-confessed “ordinary dog” and students, teachers and parents.
It is hoped that school communities globally will benefit from Rosie’s observations especially young children struggling with internal and external conflict and where traditional guidance is less available.
Who is Miss Polly?
Rosie Knows is the work of child therapist, Polly Rubin.
Polly works in NSW public schools assisting students and their families and has had a lifelong career as a child therapist together with her love and respect for dogs has been the main driver for this book. Rosie’s curiosity and her accepting nature have been the inspiration.
Who is Rosie?
I am a real dog, not some fictional dog pretending to be real. I have seen those colourful kids books that make a dog look really dumb!
This book is about me, Rosie, and what I make of the world I see.
See an Excerpt from the Book
I am just an ordinary kind of dog, a wet nose, waggy tail, four paws variety, who lives with Miss Polly (who is also real, btw). People in our town recognise me more than they do Miss Polly, but I guess that’s because I am cuter!!
I know most of the feet in town, from little feet at the preschool to big feet at the high school… and I know all the teachers too… even a few parents.
My life is good and I do a lot of tail wagging because I am a happy dog.
I do get a bit confused about the human world though and this book is about some of the things that people do that seem a bit strange to us dogs.
Now if you are a dog reading this book it will make no sense at all… so put it down and go chase crows!
However, if you are you are a human – and especially a “growing up” human – then my observations might be helpful… or not!