These are Rosie's first two books from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Yes, you did read that correctly.
DP believes that all children have the right to access to books, whatever their household income or situation. Southwark Council has linked to the Dollywood Foundation, to promote this scheme, for all children born in the Borough between December 2015 and December 2016. So that includes our Rosie!
The first book to arrive was Peter Rabbit, which included a letter from Dolly printed on the flyleaf - and an encouragement to the children to follow their dreams.
So try to be the first one up the mountainThe highest flying dreamer in the skyAnd try your best to be an inspirationTo others that are still afraid and shyAnd try to make the most of every momentIf you fail, get up and try againTry each day a little harderIf you never try, you never win
I think it is a lovely idea - I know Rosie's parents [and the rest of her family] will encourage her to read - but I am glad that other children will have this opportunity too, whose families may not feel able to include books in their household budgets. Thanks, Dolly!