Rose’s Dress of Dreams


Young Rose dreams of sewing stunning dresses for the women of Paris. But when a chance encounter with royalty changes her life, Rose must draw on all her skills to create the most breathtaking dress of them all.

Inspired by the life of Rose Bertin, the woman credited with inventing haute-couture, this is a story to inspire bold girls and boys everywhere.

Illustrated by Kate Pankhurst, and published by Barrington Stoke as part of the super-readable Little Gems series.

Selected by BookTrust for the Great Books Guide 2018, and by Children’s Books Ireland for the Bold Girls Reading Guide.

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Praise for Rose’s Dress of Dreams

‘Evocative and inspiring’ – Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

‘There‚Äôs a treat in store for five- to eight-year-old readers… this pink-clad paean to design and dressmaking as artistic rebellion is the perfect book for any child for whom devising costumes is the deepest form of thought and creativity.’ – Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian

Katherine Woodfine has created a beguiling, silky, beautiful tale… Perfect for any young fashion fans, the story is a lovely read for children just moving away from picture books, and is resplendent with historical and dressmaking detail.’ – BookTrust

‘Enchanting… A story to inspire all young dressmakers’ – Lancashire Evening Post

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‘…vivid descriptions of Paris in the 1700s are brought to glorious life by dynamic illustrations … Woodfine has written an evocative and inspiring story in which her heroine determines to walk her own path’ – Children’s Books Ireland, Bold Girls Reading Guide

‘Inspiring… charming… Perfectly designed for early readers’ – South Wales Evening Post

Resources for Rose’s Dress of Dreams

Design your own dress of dreams with this activity sheet (right)

Visit the Authorfy website for a Rose’s Dress of Dreams masterclass for Key Stage 1, including videos, extracts and a detailed scheme of work!

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