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Queen Sophie rules a small, happy kingdom of farmers, but she herself isn't happy. Nobody ever comes to her with a problem, and she is bored to tears . . . until she spots an ad for the Royal College of Beauty correspondence course. Soon she is memorizing directions and practicing her lessons in a frenzy. She starts writing proclamations, demanding that her subjects come to the castle so that she can cut and curl and color their hair. Even the sheep must be coiffed. It's not long before Sophie finds herself ...

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Overview

Queen Sophie rules a small, happy kingdom of farmers, but she herself isn't happy. Nobody ever comes to her with a problem, and she is bored to tears . . . until she spots an ad for the Royal College of Beauty correspondence course. Soon she is memorizing directions and practicing her lessons in a frenzy. She starts writing proclamations, demanding that her subjects come to the castle so that she can cut and curl and color their hair. Even the sheep must be coiffed. It's not long before Sophie finds herself facing an angry—though very stylish!—mob.

A playful, funny fairy tale with a decidedly contemporary sensibility, The Queen of Style has all the vibrancy and wit we've come to expect from this husband-and-wife team, the creators of the New York Times bestselling Snowmen at Night.

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A bored royal turned overzealous cosmetician provides the spark for the husband-and-wife Buehners' (Snowmen at Night) quirky fable about empathy and gratitude. Fed up with nothing to do, Queen Sophie heeds her exasperated jester's advice to learn something. Soon she's whipping through a beauty school correspondence course and ordering her sheep-farming subjects (and their sheep) into service for her cutting and curling practice. Not everyone appreciates a command beauty treatment, however, a responseSophie learns to contend with, in style. Sporting shiny manicures and a rainbow of gravity-defying coiffures, Mark Buehner's bug-eyed characters bring home the sheer silliness of Sophie's dilemma. The hilarious hairdos on the humans and, especially, on the sheep, make up for the thin spots in the text. Ages 3-5. (Sept.)

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With a small kingdom of well-behaved farmers and their sheep, Queen Sophie is bored, so she enrolls in a correspondence course from the Royal College of Beauty. Because each of the 12 lessons must be practiced on 50 different people, the queen orders everyone to the castle daily for haircuts, curls, shaves, coloring, and manicures. All through the summer, Sophie beautifies her long-suffering subjects and their flocks. Then one morning these stylish folks-with their even more stylish sheep-protest that they have no time for their proper work. When the devastated Sophie apologizes, her subjects admit they have liked some of the things she has done. She finishes her beauty course and turns the castle into Queen Sophie's Hair Palace. Far and wide she is known as the Queen of Style, not so much for her handsome subjects as for their multicolored, poodle-trimmed, bedazzling sheep. Oil paints over acrylics make these bright, playful pictures pop, and the cartoon style highlights the absurdities of Queen Sophie's ministrations. Readers are invited to find the rabbit, cat, and Tyrannosaurus rex hidden in each picture. This is a story that can be enjoyed on many levels time and time again.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

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As much an essay on the responsibilities of government as it is a cautionary tale about the hazards of boredom, this tale of a queen who takes a beauty-school correspondence course and uses her unwilling subjects-and their sheep-for practice will give readers food for thought as well as a chuckle or two. Discovering that her coursework requires practicing each lesson 50 times, Sophie repeatedly summons everyone to the castle for clipping, hair styling, manicures, eyebrow-plucking and like indignities. When at last they revolt, she sees the error of her autocratic ways and apologetically bids them come only when they like. Soon she realizes that her subjects have become her friends, and not only does she learn all about their lives but gains international renown for her realm's stylishly coiffed, dyed and buffed folk and livestock. Clad in peasant dress but sporting elaborate hairstyles (or, for the sheep, poodle cuts and jellybean colors), the figures in the hilariously understated illustrations add a plethora of sight gags to the mix. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803728783
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/18/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Caralyn Buehner
Husband-and-wife team Caralyn and Mark Buehner live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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    Another outstanding childrens read. I ordered a dozen for my grandchildren and neices, knowing it will be sure to make them smile! I appreciate having another 'moral to the story'.

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