Gwendolyn's Gifts

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"Sheehan's smoothly paced text contains a pleasant mixture of adventure and repetition characteristic of the genre. The likable king and queen convey the value of self-satisfaction."
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Queen Gwendolyn has everything she could possibly desire-beautiful dresses, golden crowns, and servants who wait on her every need-but she is bored, and nothing the king suggests can lift her spirits. Venturing out of the castle, Gwendolyn visits a peasant's cottage and a jeweler's shop. As she discovers the joy of...

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Overview

"Sheehan's smoothly paced text contains a pleasant mixture of adventure and repetition characteristic of the genre. The likable king and queen convey the value of self-satisfaction."
-Publishers Weekly

Queen Gwendolyn has everything she could possibly desire-beautiful dresses, golden crowns, and servants who wait on her every need-but she is bored, and nothing the king suggests can lift her spirits. Venturing out of the castle, Gwendolyn visits a peasant's cottage and a jeweler's shop. As she discovers the joy of making beautiful things with her own hands, the queen comes up with an idea that will ensure that she is never bored again.

Illustrated by whimsical pastel drawings, this book sweeps readers up into Gwendolyn's journey. Through her story, children will understand the importance of personal development and individual expression. As Gwendolyn learns, all the riches in the world cannot compare to the treasure of experiencing independence and sharing one's gifts.

Bored with her royal role, Queen Gwendolyn finds fulfillment through developing and combining her own abilities into a creative and nontraditional lifestyle.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The rewards of laboring at a task that one enjoys are manifold as expressed in this original fairy tale. Life in the castle bores Queen Gwendolyn; fine gowns and jewels do not interest her. She is, however, fascinated by the talent and craftsmanship displayed by the castle's jeweler, carpenter and seamstress. A clever ruse enables Gwendolyn to study such skills anonymously and learn them for herself, and her ensuing happiness encourages the king to try his hand--in the castle kitchen. Sheehan's smoothly paced text contains a pleasant mixture of adventure and repetition characteristic of the genre. The likable king and queen gently convey the value of self-satisfaction. Though the facial characteristics of Bumgarner-Kirby's cast are undistinguished, her lighthearted illustrations--especially of the wood-carving queen--may prompt a ``whistle while you work'' attitude. Ages 5-8. Oct.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882898452
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Edition description: Pelican ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Patty Sheehan is a parent-educator and psychotherapist residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She holds a master's degree in education, and offers self-esteem and whole language training for teachers and creative writing workshops for children. She is a popular public speaker and group counselor available for speaking engagements, conferences, and other appearances.
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