The Queen of France

By: Tim Wadham

Illustrator: Kady MacDonald Denton

The Queen of France is visiting Rose’s home! But where’s Rose, and why does Her Majesty look so familiar? Full-color ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations.

ISBN: 9780763641023

JLG Release: Apr 2011


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Imagination , Parent and child , Kings, queens, and royalty , Dress-up , Costumes , Family life , Playing along

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2012 CCBC Choices

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

STAR
With a few props from the make-believe basket and a royal imagination, Rose transforms into the Queen of France. She then sets out searching for Rose. (Later Rose goes in search of the Queen, but, alas, the two never meet.) The child’s parents lovingly fulfill their roles, playing along and encouraging their daughter’s i
STAR
With a few props from the make-believe basket and a royal imagination, Rose transforms into the Queen of France. She then sets out searching for Rose. (Later Rose goes in search of the Queen, but, alas, the two never meet.) The child’s parents lovingly fulfill their roles, playing along and encouraging their daughter’s imaginative game. When the Queen suggests that she’d like to trade places with Rose, the adults agree, but admit they would miss her terribly. Of course the Queen of France takes off her crown in the end, and Rose comes to dinner. The text is at once both quiet and lively, creating a three-dimensional character. It will read easily for the first or one hundredth time—it’s a story that will never grow tired. Soft, delicate cartoons in ink, watercolor, and gouache capture the essence of Rose and her alter ego. With minimal line, the illustrator creates real, engaging characters. Several pages of text are decorated with simple frames of stars, crowns, and roses. The quiet simplicity is feminine without the frou-frou and frills. Rose will be an inspiration for many young princesses and a great character to share with small groups or one-on-one.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH

Horn Book

Parents who’ve OD’d on pink, princess-themed Little Girl World should actually be happy to find this rosy-tinted volume about pretend royalty. It’s a sweet family story, and not unpalatably so. One morning young Rose digs in the make-believe basket and emerges as the queen of France. In the garden, she confronts a royal gardener. Parents who’ve OD’d on pink, princess-themed Little Girl World should actually be happy to find this rosy-tinted volume about pretend royalty. It’s a sweet family story, and not unpalatably so. One morning young Rose digs in the make-believe basket and emerges as the queen of France. In the garden, she confronts a royal gardener. “‘Why are you planting those bumpy sticks?’ asked the queen. ‘This is a rosebush, Your Majesty,’ said Rose’s mother. ‘It is ugly,’ said the queen.” Denton’s watercolor illustrations have dainty soft hues and lines, but her characters are sturdy and vigorous. After the queen accidentally pricks her finger on the pitiful plant, which Rose’s mother says will soon grow beautiful, she wanders off to find the Royal Physician. Instead, she finds Rose’s father mowing the lawn. He reminds the queen to tell Rose that he will be reading her a pirate story that evening. Through fresh, gently witty dialogue, Wadham relates the familiar picture book message that it’s fun to dress up, but it’s also fun to be yourself. Especially when there’s an appealingly “scary” costume waiting in the make-believe basket for tomorrow.

Book Details

ISBN

9780763641023

First Release

April 2011

Genre

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

10 1/4" x 9 7/16"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.8; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 2.3; Points: 1;

Lexile

Level 480L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Imagination, Parent and child, Kings, queens, and royalty, Dress-up, Costumes, Family life, Playing along,

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