It’s time for tea!
When the Queen decides to come to tea, Ellie, fair-skinned and with a brown bowl cut, has a lot to do. First, accompanied by her beloved elephant, she must go to Paris for pastries. Since the Queen must have the best, it’s all the way to China for tea. Naturally, they must go to Italy for lemons, and finally, the two are off to New York for the finest in tutus. Quite a day! While the text itself is simple and straightforward and implies that the events are actually occurring, colorful acrylic illustrations show Ellie and her stuffed animals off on their travels, mixing Ellie’s imaginative journey with both realistic and fantastical details. Teatime is an animated celebration, and before Ellie and the guests who have returned with her (her toys) realize it, the cake is almost gone and it’s time to dance. Ellie is the only one awake by the time the Queen (presumably her mother) arrives, and the two have a lovely time on their own. But wait—it looks like the King is coming for a feast tomorrow! While a bit lightweight and insubstantial, this is still a pleasing tale with an active heroine and references to travel, and it should prepare youngsters for their own imaginative play with their animals and adults.
A fanciful offering for those who take tea. (Picture book. 2-5)