QUEEN OF HEARTS by Mary Engelbreit

QUEEN OF HEARTS

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Engelbreit crafts light holiday fare, featuring the return of her bespectacled tot Ann Estelle, and strives to provide a sincere message amid the furbelows and frivolity of Valentine’s Day. In anticipation of her favorite holiday, Ann Estelle is compelled to create the most elaborate, crafty and unique Valentine’s Day card holder that has ever graced a school desk, displaying remarkable ingenuity as she bedecks her once-plain box with treasures of all types. However, when the big day arrives, Ann Estelle realizes that she forgot to actually create any valentines for her friends. Engelbreit covers familiar ground, having Ann Estelle predictably dismantle her creation in order to hand out valentines; thus she’s left with a plain box but a full heart. While she gives lots of detail on Ann Estelle’s creative process, the actual heart-warming portion takes up a few brief pages. Fans of Engelbreit’s style will enjoy the nostalgic artwork filled with enough edgings and decorations and details to satisfy even Ann Estelle. The included paper doll is a great retail add-on but may prove problematic for libraries. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-008181-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2004




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