A Rose Named Peace: How Francis Meilland Created a Flower of Hope for a World at War

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As a young boy growing up on a farm in southern France, Francis witnesses his father’s tender hands in the garden. It’s the roses that catch his eye and spark his dreams of someday creating the most beautiful hybrid ever. At seventeen, he learns about cross-pollination and experiments with it on his own. It proves to be a scientific and laborious process, and it takes years to finally realize his greatest aspirations. Once he does, Francis shares his treasure with growers as far away as the United States. It stands the test of time—even enduring the devastation of war—and becomes known as the “Peace” rose.

This is an intriguing book set during World War II when little hope existed across Europe. Francis’s determination and perseverance illuminate this dark time in history, and remarkably, the Peace rose continues to bring happiness to folks today. Experts estimate that over one hundred million of these unique rosebushes currently thrive across a multitude of nations.

Readers will admire Francis’s talents and dedication and be affected by the endearing illustrations throughout this masterpiece. History lovers ages six to ten will rank it among their favorites, and parents will be delighted to display it on their coffee tables.


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Author Barbara Carroll Roberts
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 48 pages
Publisher Candlewick
Publish Date 17-May-2022
ISBN 9781536208436
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Issue June 2022
Category Children's
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