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Queen of the World

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What Mom really wants for her birthday

Three sisters who have nothing in common but the room that they share are bound to argue. And they do--about everything. To settle, once and for all, which sister is the Queen of the World, they have a contest: whoever makes Mom the best birthday present wins. But things don't work out as they'd planned, and instead they end up making their mom cry -- on her birthday. They feel awful, until they figure ...

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Overview

What Mom really wants for her birthday

Three sisters who have nothing in common but the room that they share are bound to argue. And they do--about everything. To settle, once and for all, which sister is the Queen of the World, they have a contest: whoever makes Mom the best birthday present wins. But things don't work out as they'd planned, and instead they end up making their mom cry -- on her birthday. They feel awful, until they figure out that what mom would really like is something that the three of them have to work on together -- getting along, that is. In this humorous story with delightful pictures of sibling rivalry in action, Thomas F. Yezerski shows that if you're family, you always have something important in common.

Three sisters, who compete constantly to see who is the smartest, fastest, or prettiest, vie for the Queen of the World crown, awarded to the sister who makes the best birthday gift for Mom.

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Sisters can be wonderful friends and great companions. Sisters can also complicate one's life, especially when they have to share the same bedroom and have nothing in common. What happens when three sisters decide to have a contest to make the best birthday present for mother, and whoever makes the best present becomes Queen of the World? After working for hours in secret, the sisters are ready to give their gifts to mother. She is delighted with all of the presents, until the arguments begin again. Mother is distraught and Dad is furious! The three sisters are quickly sent to bed. What a terrible birthday for mother. Will the three sisters work together cooperatively and think of someone else other than themselves? They learn that they can. Mother is served breakfast in bed and becomes Queen of the Day. The sisters may not change, but they have one thing in common--they love their mom. Yezerski's book will appeal to children who have siblings and have shared some of these same experiences. Pen and watercolor illustrations add a soft touch to the sometimes chaotic household. 2000, Douglas & McIntyre Ltd.,
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PreS-Gr 3-Three young sisters are in constant conflict-each determined to be the smartest, prettiest, strongest, or "just plain best" of the family. Their parents reassure them that they are loved exactly the same, but the battles continue. Their mother's birthday provides an opportunity for a definitive competition-whoever makes the best present wins the Queen of the World crown and reigns supreme "Forever-with no taking it back." The siblings' arguments escalate at the birthday supper until their mother begins to cry. They finally put aside their differences and work cooperatively to show how much they love her. Told from the middle child's perspective, the family dynamics are realistic and children will relate to the sisters' feuding: "-Amanda touched me with her knee, and I had to pinch her under the table. Then Natalie flung a crouton at me for no reason." Yezerski's pen-and-watercolor illustrations are brimming with domestic details, from the toy-strewn bedroom to the refrigerator covered in family photographs. The conflicts are conveyed with warmth and humor, making this a good choice for discussing sibling rivalry.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374361655
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/19/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.27 (w) x 9.99 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas F. Yezerski was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He has three sisters who deny any resemblance to the characters in this book. He is the author and illustrator of Together in Pinecone Patch, and the illustrator of Mimmy & Sophie by Miriam Cohen.

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