Queen of Hearts (Ann Estelle Series)

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Overview

Making the best valentine box ever for her favorite holiday is Ann Estelle's newest school project.

It will have glitter, lace, feathers, and even wheels! There's just one thing that Ann Estelle has forgotten — what could that be?

Valentine's Day will be your favorite holiday, too, when you enjoy this delightful tale with Ann Estelle and her friends as lovingly imagined by best-selling artist Mary Engelbreit.

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Overview

Making the best valentine box ever for her favorite holiday is Ann Estelle's newest school project.

It will have glitter, lace, feathers, and even wheels! There's just one thing that Ann Estelle has forgotten — what could that be?

Valentine's Day will be your favorite holiday, too, when you enjoy this delightful tale with Ann Estelle and her friends as lovingly imagined by best-selling artist Mary Engelbreit.

Ann Estelle is so busy creating the most beautiful Valentine mailbox in class, she forgets to make cards for her classmates.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Ann Estelle loved to make things, and therefore Valentine's Day was one of her favorite holidays. At school she made the most beautiful box for collecting valentines. All her classmates talked about the ribbons, feathers and flowers and even small cars she used to create her masterpiece. There was just one problem. She had worked so hard on the box that she forgot to make valentines for her classmates. Ann Estelle cleverly solves the problem by handing out the parts of her card box that her friends and teacher liked best. Borders of cut paper hearts run along the top of the pages while borders of the items Ann Estelle uses run along the bottom. Ann Estelle's multicultural classmates are dressed in their finest for this happy holiday. It is obvious that Engelbreit likes busy borders. However, they seem appropriate in this story of a little girl who decorates her valentine's card box in an over-the-top way. Although the cover is overly-busy, inside there is enough white space on each page to be able to focus on the children and the story. Purchase if you are in need of an additional title for the holiday collection. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 7.
—Sharon Salluzzo
Kirkus Reviews
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060081836
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Series: Ann Estelle Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 829,503
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.16 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2005

    Add to the library!

    The story is worth while -- it'sabout giving from the heart. Children and adults can learn from it. Mary Engelbreit fans will wantto add it to their collection ofher work. However, it is a children's book after all and theartwork, though Mary's, is a bitsimpler than she usually offers tothe adult world. Still, it hascharm, and is worthy. Barnes &Noble's price is excellent too!

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