- Age Range: 5 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (June 15, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0066239427
- ISBN-13: 978-0066239422
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.2 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,660,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blueberries for the Queen Paperback – June 15, 2004
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3–It's 1942 and William's mom has just confirmed that a real queen has moved into an estate near their New England farm. Much to his older brother's amusement, William imagines the woman doing her errands in cape and gown. He also frets over his inability to contribute anything to the war effort, so when Dad suggests that picking blueberries is equally important as "peace work," William decides to try and chase some of the queen's worries away by presenting her with a basket of his most impressive berries. A kind lady (Princess Juliana of the Netherlands) invites him into the house and agrees that he should meet the queen. The grandmotherly woman (Queen Wilhelmina) is not what William expected, but he is delighted with the gracious reception he receives and returns home bursting with excitement. Based on John Paterson's actual experience (described in a historical note), this lengthy picture book draws a rather romanticized vision of farm life in the '40s and presents a hopeful story that mitigates the despairing events of the times. The banter between William and his supercilious older brother rings a bit more true than Dad's homespun philosophizing, but the innocence and naïveté of the place and time shine through. Jeffers's watercolor-and-ink illustrations perfectly juxtapose scenes of domestic reality with the boy's wistful daydreams of knights and heroic quests. Pair this earnest tale with Shulamith Levey Oppenheim's The Lily Cupboard (HarperTrophy, 1995) as they both share the same time period and rural locale, but are two fascinatingly diverse experiences set on opposite sides of the Atlantic.–Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
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K-Gr. 3. In the summer of 1942, William learns that World War II has forced Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands to move to an estate near his New England home. He longs to see a real queen and fanaticizes about meeting her, but his only sighting is a glimpse of her limousine. When he decides to be neighborly and take her a basket of fresh-picked blueberries, he finds himself presenting the berries to the queen herself. This literary tale began as a Paterson family story; the appended note explains that John Paterson met Queen Wilhelmina under similar circumstances in 1942. Jeffers' skilled pencil drawings, brightened with color washes, contrast John's dreams of himself as a knight in armor and the queen in medieval robes with scenes of New England in the 1940s. Though the interplay of medieval dreams and twentieth-century reality seems forced at times, this unusual picture book will satisfy many children with its pleasing story and artwork. Carolyn Phelan
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The book was a little long for a picture book. Young children may not be able to last through the story.
Yes we would. Children who enjoy stories of knights will enjoy this story. We also liked learning that this book was based on a true story. It could be used during a unit on World War 2.