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Queen of the May

Queen of the May

by Steven Kroll, Patience Brewster (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- A Cinderella variant in which a crow, a beaver, and a chipmunk return a girl's kindness and help her overcome obstacles put forth by her wicked stepmother and stepsister (and a hag, as well) so that she can be crowned Queen of the May. The pastel watercolor illustrations help convey the beauty of spring. However, Sylvie's docility makes her something of a wimp rather than sympathetic. It's obvious from the start how things are going to play out, and there's no element of magic or sense of good conquering evil. Because her character isn't developed, the girl's kind acts are almost robotic. The story's formulaic quality and bland language lack the interest and tension of its traditional counterparts. --Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY
Kay Weisman
Kroll's original fairy tale--a variant of "Cinderella" reminiscent of San Souci's "The Talking Eggs" (1989)--features a young girl named Sylvie who yearns to be crowned Queen of the May. She tries several times to collect flowers to take to the festival, but her stepmother and stepsister, Gudrun, constantly find chores to keep her busy. Gudrun sets out to pick her own bouquet, but she refuses to help a chipmunk, a beaver, and a crow. Sylvie, on the other hand, graciously assists each one, even though she is very late in looking for her own blossoms. When Sylvie is captured by an ugly hag, the animals come to her rescue, providing her with a beautiful dress and transportation to the festival. Brewster's bright watercolor paintings feature several shades of green, pink, and lilac, elegantly framed by a cool gray border. The characters exhibit a classic pastoral air that is well suited to the fairy tale motif. A good choice for a spring story hour, this will also be welcomed by classes studying versions of fairy tales.

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Holiday House, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.58(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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