The Queen of France

by Tim Wadham and Kady MacDonald Denton

There’s no pretending to be a princess in this book in which pink is the predominant... read more

There’s no pretending to be a princess in this book in which pink is the predominant color: Rose likes being a queen. In fact, when Rose plays dress- up, she imagines herself as the Queen of France. Her parents are clearly used to their daughter’s imagination, and they converse with the Queen while going about their household chores. It turns out the Queen is looking for Rose, and Rose, once she emerges from her room transformed back into a little girl, is looking for the Queen. This leads to another costume change, and the back-and-forth continues. The banter between Rose’s parents and Rose (as both Queen and their daughter) is wonderful in this picture book that showcases creative play; loving, attentive parents; and a little girl who determines that being a Queen is okay for awhile, but being Rose is even better. Tim Wadham’s lively story full of engaging dialogue and details of each transformation is paired with Kady MacDonald Denton’s blithe illustrations in which Rose is spirited but not overly cute and precocious. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012

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