Queen of Easter (Ann Estelle Series)

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Hippity-hoppity—here comes the Easter Parade!

Ann Estelle dreams of wearing a hat covered with ribbons and flowers for the neighborhood Easter Parade. But when her mother gives her a plain straw hat instead, she wonders how she can be the Queen of Easter in a hat like that. Ann Estelle rolls up her sleeves and gets to work—with the help of some surprise spring visitors!

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Overview

Hippity-hoppity—here comes the Easter Parade!

Ann Estelle dreams of wearing a hat covered with ribbons and flowers for the neighborhood Easter Parade. But when her mother gives her a plain straw hat instead, she wonders how she can be the Queen of Easter in a hat like that. Ann Estelle rolls up her sleeves and gets to work—with the help of some surprise spring visitors!

The magic of spring blossoms anew in this fresh, heartwarming book from bestselling artist Mary Engelbreit.

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Editorial Reviews

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As the neighborhood spring parade approaches, young Ann Estelle dreams of being decked out in Easter regalia, topped by a bonnet decorated with ribbons and flowers galore. Mother, however, has a different idea. Instead of fancy headwear, she gives our young dreamer a plain straw hat. Disappointed, Ann Estelle discards the new headgear and begins refurbishing last year's model. While she sews, the abandoned hat becomes the home of a family of birds. Finally, Anne Estelle recognizes that even her best craft can not compete with nature's artistry.
Publishers Weekly
Ann Estelle stars as the Queen of Easter by Mary Engelbreit-but it doesn't start out that way. The heroine's mother brings home a plain straw hat with a blue ribbon for the Easter Parade-not quite what the girl had in mind. But a little ingenuity goes a long way, and, with the Ann Estelle paper doll at book's end, readers can help the girl model her Easter bonnet and springtime dress. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Ann Estelle wants her Easter hat to have ribbons and flowers so that she can be the queen of the neighborhood Easter parade. When her mother presents her with a "classic" straw hat with one blue ribbon, she tries to like it. However, she happens to leave it outside on the porch, where robins build a nest in it. That means she will have to wear last year's hat. But that gives her an idea to recapture her dream. The artist's easily recognized style will be appreciated by her fans. Besides the stylized illustrations, the pages are bordered by bright flowers, birds, Easter eggs, and hats. This is one of the "Ann Estelle Stories" series. Children will enjoy the simple, colorful pictures of Ann Estelle watching the birds hatch, working to achieve her goal, and taking part in the parade with its satisfying conclusion. 2006, HarperCollins Children's Books/HarperCollins Publishers, and Ages 3 to 6.
—Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Ann Estelle wants a hat full of ribbons and flowers that would make her the Queen of Easter at the neighborhood parade. Instead, her mother buys her a plain straw hat. Disappointed, the child leaves it outside on the porch. Days later, when her family discovers a robin's nest inside it, Ann Estelle seizes the opportunity to trim last year's hat, decorating it with a nest and three blue candy eggs. The secular nature of an Easter parade is juxtaposed with the hatching of the robin's eggs, making this a book that simply celebrates spring. The highly defined line drawings are filled with vibrant color and warmth. A border of Easter eggs runs across the top of each page, while the bottom border changes motifs-hats, birds, flowers, and hatching eggs. A card-stock paper-doll cutout of Ann Estelle is included.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Engelbreit's signature character, Ann Estelle, is the star of this Easter story, the fourth in a series with the theme of being a "queen" of various holidays and situations. In this pleasant but predictable offering, Ann Estelle wants to have the most amazing hat for her neighborhood Easter parade, so that she can feel like "the Queen of Easter." Her new, disappointingly plain Easter hat is left outside on the porch where it becomes a nest for a robin family, so Ann Estelle redecorates her old hat with flowers, ribbons and a nest of candy eggs. She invites the Easter parade to stop by her house to see "the very best Easter hat ever," the one with a nest of baby robins inside. Engelbreit's illustrations demonstrate her typically cheerful style in candy-bright colors, framed by borders of Easter eggs, decorated hats, spring blossoms and baby robins. Engelbreit's fans may declare this Easter offering as delectable as a gourmet chocolate egg, but others may find it like eating far too many jelly beans. Includes a separate paper-doll sheet of Ann Estelle. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060081867
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Series: Ann Estelle Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 609,084
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Engelbreit

Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother's own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. She chose to illustrate Clement C. Moore's The Night Before Christmas as her first book for children. It quickly hit the New York Times bestseller list and has become part of the holiday tradition for families across the country. Other treasured additions to a child's first bookshelf include Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose, Mary Engelbreit's A Merry Little Christmas—both New York Times bestsellers—along with Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales and Mary Engelbreit's Fairy Tales.

Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother's own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. She chose to illustrate Clement C. Moore's The Night Before Christmas as her first book for children. It quickly hit the New York Times bestseller list and has become part of the holiday tradition for families across the country. Other treasured additions to a child's first bookshelf include Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose, Mary Engelbreit's A Merry Little Christmas—both New York Times bestsellers—along with Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales and Mary Engelbreit's Fairy Tales.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Cute Children's Book

    I purchased this book as a gift for my 4 year old niece for Easter. I figured I couldn't go wrong with anything by Mary Engelbreit as she is a periennial favorite of kids due to her beautiful illustrations and contemporary takes on classic stories. I was right! My niece loved the book and my 3 year old son was mad that I gave it away because he liked it too! I am a big fan of Mary Engelbreit's. I think she makes reading fun for kids (and their parents!) I also recommend her treasury of nursery rhymes (it is red) and her treasury of fairy tales (it is the yellow one). My son has enjoyed both of these books from a very young age as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    Queen of Easter

    Very beautiful children's book. Great for Easter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Cute story

    Charming book and adorable illustrations by Mary Engelbreit.

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