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Queen of Christmas
Engelbreit, Mary.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
Although Ann Estelle focuses on her wish list as Christmas approaches, her best memories have little to do with the presents she receives.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 73456.

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PIC. BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday

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Ann Estelle is very busy working on The List. The Queen of Christmas knows there's nothing more important How else can she get all the things she really wants?

As the Christmas countdown moves along, there's so much for the Queen to do Sledding, baking, singing, trimming the tree . . . Ann Estelle wants to enjoy every minute. But will she manage to get The List finished in time for Santa? What's the lesson Ann Estelle really learns?

Festive artwork, brimming with good cheer and cozy detail, invites readers into Ann Estelle's world as Mary Engelbreit tells an unforgettable, merry, and heartwarming Christmas story.

Author Notes

Mary Engelbreit had her first success as an illustrator of greeting cards in the late 1970s. She formed her own greeting card company in early 1980s after becoming impatient with the process of working in the greeting card industry as an independent contractor.

Engelbreit's style depicts simple scenes in intricate detail, with amusing quotes to distinguish them. Successful in greeting cards, her business soon expanded to include Engelbreit's popular art on tee shirts, mugs, calendars and gift books, to name a few. Engelbreit has also published many books illustrating crafts such as quilting and decorating. In 1993 she illustrated The Snow Queen by Hans Christen Andersen, fulfilling a lifelong dream of being an illustrator of children's books.

Mary Engelbreit was born in 1952 in St. Louis, where she lives today.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

It's good to be queen, as Engelbreit's (The Night Before Christmas) popular greeting card character Ann Estelle would say. Here, in the first in a planned series of picture books featuring that character, the heroine gets ready for Christmas, spending a full seven days finalizing The List-"a very, very long piece of paper on which Ann Estelle had written every single solitary item she had ever wanted or could even imagine wanting at some later date." But in between adding items to the list, Ann Estelle passes the days baking cookies with Mom, going sledding with Dad, ice-skating with Grandma, etc. When the big day finally arrives (and many things on the list do not), Ann Estelle doesn't even mind. Thanks to text that authentically captures a child's anticipation and Engelbreit's festive borders and designs, this title spotlights the meaning of the holiday with a light touch and lots of heart. An Ann Estelle paper doll is packaged with the book. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-During the seven days before Christmas, Ann Estelle engages in fun activities like baking cookies and going ice-skating. Most importantly, she continues to add items to the wish list that she has been keeping since last year. On Christmas day, she finally realizes that it's the fun she has had with family and friends, and not the presents, that is the most important part of the holiday. The illustrations, in typical Engelbreit style, are flat and stiff, but colorful and quirky enough to have child appeal. The story, however, is too uneventful and staid to invite repeat readings.-E. M. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.