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Roses for Isabella

Diana Cohn and Amy Córdova

Roses for Isabella Roses for Isabella

This morning, Cotacachi, the volcano that watches over my village, is veiled in clouds of white, as soft as the wool my grandfather spins.

After breakfast, I get ready to walk to school. Mama weaves my hair into a long braid and ties it with a brightly colored ribbon.

Papa watches me put my writing book into my schoolbag. He says with a big smile, “Isabella, you are our family’s first writer.”

Roses for Isabella invites us to experience life in Ecuador through the eyes of a young girl who keeps a journal and loves to write. We learn about Isabella’s parents who work on one of the hundreds of farms growing beautiful roses that are sold all over the world. But not all of these farms are fair to workers and kind to the earth. Through Isabella, we learn how her family’s life changes for the better when her parents find work at a Fair Trade farm.

Written by award-winning author, Diana Cohn and brilliantly illustrated by award-winning artist Amy Córdova, Roses for Isabella will touch the hearts of children and parents, as well as introduce them to the cultural traditions of Ecuador and the importance of making choices that support Fair Trade products.

32 pp.  



Published:  June 2011


Diana Cohn is an award-winning children’s book author. For over two decades she has worked on environmental, economic, and global justice issues as a teacher, a media activist, and a program director for foundations with social change philanthropy missions. Her books include Namaste! and Dream Carver with Amy Córdova, as well as Yes, We Can! Janitor Strike in LA; Mr. Goethe's Garden; and The Bee Tree. She lives with her husband in Northern California. See all books by Diana Cohn
Amy Córdova is an artist and storyteller whose art reflects soul and spirit. She has been recognized for her work as an illustrator of children’s books, receiving the Wisconsin Library Award for Namaste!, and being named honor winner of the American Library Association’s Pura Belpré Award 2009 and 2010. Amy lives in Taos, New Mexico. See all books by Amy Córdova

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