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When Ann Estelle hears about the school play, she's very excited—she's sure to play the Queen! Instead, the teacher picks her to be the stage manager, because Ann Estelle is "responsible." Ann Estelle doesn't want to be responsible—she wants to be Queen!

Beloved artist Mary Engelbreit pictures a little girl with irrepressible energy who hides her disappointment and even finds fun in backstage chores in this cheerfully satisfying story.

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Overview

When Ann Estelle hears about the school play, she's very excited—she's sure to play the Queen! Instead, the teacher picks her to be the stage manager, because Ann Estelle is "responsible." Ann Estelle doesn't want to be responsible—she wants to be Queen!

Beloved artist Mary Engelbreit pictures a little girl with irrepressible energy who hides her disappointment and even finds fun in backstage chores in this cheerfully satisfying story.

Ann Estelle feels she would be perfect to play the role of the queen in the class play.

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Mary Engelbreit's adorable, bespectacled "queen" returns in this winning picture book that includes a paper doll! Telling a classroom tale with gentle words and her trademark warm, rich illustrations with bright patterns and borders, Engelbreit has Ann Estelle trying out for the lead in the class play. Of course, that means she'd be the play's queen, but Mrs. McGilligan, the teacher, decides Ann Estelle is better suited for the part of stage manager. Dejected, Ann Estelle doesn't care much for her offstage role, but she's soon kept busy with coaching people on their lines, getting costumes ready, and other important duties. On the big night, it's Ann Estelle who makes everything go smoothly, and of course, she gets an enthusiastic thank-you from the audience and players, making her the real star of the show. Engelbreit's fans will smile thankfully at this Ann Estelle treat, basking in her confident attitude, rosy-cheeked demeanor, and knack for helping teach just the right lessons. Young readers will enjoy, too, the paper doll with sailor suit in back, which adds an extra dose of fun. For sweet-natured fun and heartwarming artwork to look at, Engelbreit's royally wonderful heroine is a surefire bet. Matt Warner
Publishers Weekly
After her debut in The Night Before Christmas, Ann Estelle wants to be Queen of the Class by greeting-card-illustrator Mary Engelbreit (which comes with a paper doll of the plucky girl). Initially bristling at being overlooked for the role of queen in the class play, Ann Estelle learns that being stage manager can make a girl feel regal, too. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Fans of Mary Engelbreit’s crafty-cute style may be taken by the signature borders and signature illustrations of Queen of the Class, and one cannot complain with the story’s moral that whether you are front and center or back stage, you should always do your best. It is unfortunate that more care was not taken to make it less predictable. As it is, it is no surprise that Ann Estelle who longs to be cast as the queen in the class play ends up as stage manager, but due to a series of misfortunes on opening night, all of which Ann Estelle ingeniously resolves, she does end up the star. At first glance, this looks like this might be an alphabet book; at the top of each page is the kind of ABC border you find above the blackboard in many classrooms. And that impression might also come from the illuminated manuscript style with which the text on many pages begins with a single large capital letter in a purple box. It turns out all of this is a design feature without any clear pattern as to which pages do and do not get the illumination or why there are so many A’s. Those who are not Engelbreit fans are likely to find more to think and talk about in that classic classroom drama, Amazing Grace. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
Children's Literature - Julie Minnich
Anne Estelle, a bright and responsible girl, thinks she is a shoo-in to play the Queen in the school play. When she is chosen to be the stage manager instead, Anne decides to make the best of her new position. She shows energetic initiative as she expertly handles every task. Anne gives boring props pizzazz and creates clever solutions when stage mishaps happen. Her positive attitude is rewarded when everyone takes notice of her hard work and applauds her efforts. Anne models how to handle disappointment gracefully. She shows she can still be a "queen" even without playing the role. Author and illustrator Mary Engelbreit dresses Anne in a regal red robe while she is daydreaming of the role of Queen and decorates the page with gold crowns adorned with gems. Engelbreit's characters wear a wide variety of warm expressions on their diverse faces and colorful, realistic clothes. Each page is filled with pleasing, overlapping patterns. Even simple objects have the detail of artwork, from the teacher's textured wooden desk to Anne's darling plaid and flowered, pink and yellow bed sheets. Engelbreit emphasizes important words in the text with lively bubble letters. Her portrayal of a sweet and determined girl is so endearing that the reader cannot help but feel the pride in Anne Estelle's hard work.
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K-Gr 2-Ann Estelle is hoping for the part of the Queen in the class play. After all, "She already had a long red velvet robe and a glittery golden crown, just in case something like this ever came up." Instead, her teacher makes her the stage manager because she is so "clever and responsible." Ann Estelle pushes aside her disappointment and rescues the actors during the performance as they forget their lines, misplace their props, etc. The writing is stilted, and efforts to provide emphasis by putting certain words or phrases into a fancier font only highlight the stiffness of the rest of the text. Ann Estelle herself is as two dimensional as the paper dolls included at the back of the book, and the relentless brightness of the colors in the artwork is as tedious as the story. For a fresher take on class dramatics, look to Alexander Stadler's Beverly Billingsley Takes a Bow (Harcourt, 2003) or Cari Best's Shrinking Violet (Farrar, 2001).-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Ann Estelle is back in school, all excited about the upcoming class-play auditions, certain that she is perfect for the Queen's role. Instead, she's downhearted when selected to be the stage manager, unaware that its backstage position is one of utmost importance for the entire performance. Reluctantly accepting her assignment, the diligent, hard-working, self-assured, and organized Ann Estelle stages an imperial production, creating clever props, rehearsing and recovering forgotten lines with the actors, and ensuring that all runs smoothly from the first scene to the last curtain call. Engelbreit's signature clean, crisp illustrations of round-faced happy spirited children dressed in bright colors are outlined within a one-inch white frame and reflect a typical classroom setting surrounded by upper and lower borders of the alphabet and a series of school and theatrical supplies. Disappointment is majestically turned into exuberance as this protagonist puts her best effort into everything she does. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060081805
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Series: Ann Estelle Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.12 (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. Mary's distinctive images have made her a celebrity to millions, who eagerly snap up gift items, calendars, books, fabrics, and more.

Mary's dearest wish has always been to illustrate for children. Her New York Times bestselling The Night Before Christmas is already part of the holiday tradition for families across the country. Her New York Times bestselling Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose is a beloved addition to a child's first bookshelf and a perfect companion to Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Great story

    The book was a wonderful addition to my daughters' library. They enjoyed the story and pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Good lesson

    This story shows how so many parts to a play or other things in our life need several different talents, and they are all important, not just the (star) or the star couldn't look so good without everyone else.
    A very good gift for a child.

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