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.