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Queen of the world
Yezerski, Thomas.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 44422.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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What Momreallywants for her birthday Three sisters who have nothing in common but the room that they share are bound to argue. And they do--abouteverything. 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 herbirthday.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.

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Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Oh, how some siblings will see themselves in this! The unnamed narrator has two sisters (Amanda is older, Natalie is younger), and they don't get along. Whether it's sharing a room, or vying for their parents' attention, the girls argue about everything: who's the prettiest, who's smartest, and that old standby, whom does Mom like best. Unfortunately, when Mom's birthday comes around, she doesn't like any of them very much; their constant one-upmanship ruins her party and leaves her in tears. Now, the girls spring into action, finally working together to make the day after Mom's birthday special. The story's familiar charm is elevated by the right-on-target watercolor art, and children will have to do more than just listen to the story if they want to appreciate all the goings-on--big details and small are disclosed in the pictures. So are the ever-changing moods of the sisters: Yezerski gets all those dirty looks, moody moments, and, finally, the familial friendliness just right. Even children whose siblings are boys will relate to this. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.