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Publisher Comments:

< p> In 1942 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, living in exile after the Nazi invasion of her country, spent the summer in Lee, Massachusetts, with her daughter and granddaughters. The following is based on a true story.... < /p> < p> It& #146; s summertime in New England during World War II, and a boy named William likes to imagine at bedtime that he is a brave knight fighting great battles to end the war. But in the morning he is always just William again, not big enough to contribute to the war effort like the rest of his family. < /p> < p> Then a real queen moves in just down the road: Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. William& #146; s parents explain that the queen has been forced out of her country because of the war. Now William has his chance to do something. It may not be & #147; war work& #148; — it& #146; s more like peace work — but that makes all the difference. < /p> < p> Susan Jeffers& #146; s dramatic illustrations portray the compelling contrast between William& #146; simagination and the real events in the story, which are based on an actual incident in John Paterson& #146; s childhood. Visually stunning, with an evocative, poignant telling, this is the picture-book art form at its finest. < /p>

Review:

"John and Katherine Paterson, who previously collaborated on Consider the Lilies, and Jeffers (Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening) offer a sweet, fictionalized account of an episode from John Paterson's childhood. William, who lives in the Massachusetts countryside, is still young enough to imagine that knights and magic wands might help defeat Hitler. Then William learns that Queen Wilhelmina and her family, who 'had to leave the Netherlands because of the war,' have taken up residence nearby. He wonders endlessly about her ('Did she always wear her crown? Or did she have to go about in disguise so her enemies wouldn't know who she was?'), and he envisions himself as a pint-size knight in her service. He asks his father eagerly if picking blueberries is war work. 'No,' his father replies kindly, 'I think it's more like peace work.' But William triumphs when a gift of hand-picked blueberries earns him a reception with the Queen. 'It will make your mouth rejoice,' William tells her, and she agrees. Jeffers switches deftly between William's daydreams and real experiences. As William is about to meet Wilhelmina, a double-page boxed spread imagines her on a throne in splendid raiment, her hand on a pet jaguar. The next page reveals the truth: she's a grandma, with sensible shoes and a black cat, yet just enough details remain the same to tie the scenes together. Only the hardest-hearted will fail to be moved by this skillful presentation of a timeless theme. Ages 4-8. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In 1942 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, living in exile after the Nazi invasion of her country, spent the summer in Lee, Massachusetts, with her daughter and granddaughters. The following is based on a true story....

It’s summertime in New England during World War II, and a boy named William likes to imagine at bedtime that he is a brave knight fighting great battles to end the war. But in the morning he is always just William again, not big enough to contribute to the war effort like the rest of his family.

Then a real queen moves in just down the road: Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. William’s parents explain that the queen has been forced out of her country because of the war. Now William has his chance to do something. It may not be “war work” — it’s more like peace work — but that makes all the difference.

Susan Jeffers’s dramatic illustrations portray the compelling contrast between William’simagination and the real events in the story, which are based on an actual incident in John Paterson’s childhood. Visually stunning, with an evocative, poignant telling, this is the picture-book art form at its finest.

Synopsis:

In 1942 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, living in exile after theNazi invasion of her country, spent the summer in Lee, Massachusetts,with her daughter and granddaughters. The following is based on a truestory....

Its summertime in New England during World War II, and a boy namedWilliam likes to imagine at bedtime that he is a brave knight fightinggreat battles to end the war. But in the morning he is always justWilliam again, not big enough to contribute to the war effort like therest of his family.

Then a real queen moves in just down the road: Queen Wilhelmina of theNetherlands. Williams parents explain that the queen has been forced out of her country because of the war. Now William has his chance to do something. It may not be “war work” — its more like peace work — but that makes all the difference.

Susan Jefferss dramatic illustrations portray the compelling contrastbetween Williamsimagination and the real events in the story, which are based on anactual incident in John Patersons childhood. Visually stunning, with anevocative, poignant telling, this is the picture-book art form at itsfinest.

About the Author

Katherine Paterson is one of the world's most renowned children's book authors. Ms. Paterson has received the National Book Award twice and has won the Newbery Medal for both Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved. She is also the author of two other I Can Read Books featuring Marvin, The Smallest Cow in the World and Marvin's Best Christmas Present Ever. Ms. Paterson lives in Barre, Vermont.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780066239422
Author:
Jeffers, Susan
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Author:
by Katherine Paterson
Author:
Paterson, John
Author:
Paterson, Katherine
Subject:
Royalty (kings queens princes princesses knights etc.)
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Fiction - Historical
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Biographical - General
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Blueberries
Subject:
Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from PreS to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.5 x 9 x 0.25 in 15.84 oz
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 32 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780066239422 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "John and Katherine Paterson, who previously collaborated on Consider the Lilies, and Jeffers (Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening) offer a sweet, fictionalized account of an episode from John Paterson's childhood. William, who lives in the Massachusetts countryside, is still young enough to imagine that knights and magic wands might help defeat Hitler. Then William learns that Queen Wilhelmina and her family, who 'had to leave the Netherlands because of the war,' have taken up residence nearby. He wonders endlessly about her ('Did she always wear her crown? Or did she have to go about in disguise so her enemies wouldn't know who she was?'), and he envisions himself as a pint-size knight in her service. He asks his father eagerly if picking blueberries is war work. 'No,' his father replies kindly, 'I think it's more like peace work.' But William triumphs when a gift of hand-picked blueberries earns him a reception with the Queen. 'It will make your mouth rejoice,' William tells her, and she agrees. Jeffers switches deftly between William's daydreams and real experiences. As William is about to meet Wilhelmina, a double-page boxed spread imagines her on a throne in splendid raiment, her hand on a pet jaguar. The next page reveals the truth: she's a grandma, with sensible shoes and a black cat, yet just enough details remain the same to tie the scenes together. Only the hardest-hearted will fail to be moved by this skillful presentation of a timeless theme. Ages 4-8. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In 1942 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, living in exile after the Nazi invasion of her country, spent the summer in Lee, Massachusetts, with her daughter and granddaughters. The following is based on a true story....

It’s summertime in New England during World War II, and a boy named William likes to imagine at bedtime that he is a brave knight fighting great battles to end the war. But in the morning he is always just William again, not big enough to contribute to the war effort like the rest of his family.

Then a real queen moves in just down the road: Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. William’s parents explain that the queen has been forced out of her country because of the war. Now William has his chance to do something. It may not be “war work” — it’s more like peace work — but that makes all the difference.

Susan Jeffers’s dramatic illustrations portray the compelling contrast between William’simagination and the real events in the story, which are based on an actual incident in John Paterson’s childhood. Visually stunning, with an evocative, poignant telling, this is the picture-book art form at its finest.

"Synopsis" by , In 1942 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, living in exile after theNazi invasion of her country, spent the summer in Lee, Massachusetts,with her daughter and granddaughters. The following is based on a truestory....

Its summertime in New England during World War II, and a boy namedWilliam likes to imagine at bedtime that he is a brave knight fightinggreat battles to end the war. But in the morning he is always justWilliam again, not big enough to contribute to the war effort like therest of his family.

Then a real queen moves in just down the road: Queen Wilhelmina of theNetherlands. Williams parents explain that the queen has been forced out of her country because of the war. Now William has his chance to do something. It may not be “war work” — its more like peace work — but that makes all the difference.

Susan Jefferss dramatic illustrations portray the compelling contrastbetween Williamsimagination and the real events in the story, which are based on anactual incident in John Patersons childhood. Visually stunning, with anevocative, poignant telling, this is the picture-book art form at itsfinest.

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