Gwendolyn's Gifts

Gwendolyn's Gifts

by Patty Sheehan, Claudia Bumgarner-Kirby
     
 

Queen Gwendolyn is terribly bored. She wants to create gifts for others, not watch others create gifts for her! Disguised as a peasant, she ventures outside the castle to explore her hobbies and, in doing so, learns how to create her true happiness.  See more details below

Overview

Queen Gwendolyn is terribly bored. She wants to create gifts for others, not watch others create gifts for her! Disguised as a peasant, she ventures outside the castle to explore her hobbies and, in doing so, learns how to create her true happiness.

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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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882898452
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/1991
Edition description:
Pelican ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.87(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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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