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Blueberries for the Queen

Author: John Paterson; Katherine Paterson; Susan Jeffers
Publisher: [New York] : HarperCollins, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In the summer of 1942, when Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands lives down the road from his family's house in Massachusetts, young William decides to take her some of the blueberries he has picked. Includes historical notes. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Children's stories
Juvenile fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands; Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Paterson; Katherine Paterson; Susan Jeffers
ISBN: 0066239427 9780066239422 0066239435 9780066239439 9780064438742 0064438740
OCLC Number: 52765929
Target Audience: Ages 4-8.; Grades PreS-3rd.
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 30 cm.
Responsibility: John & Katherine Paterson ; illustrated by Susan Jeffers.

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In the summer of 1942, when Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands lives down the road from his family's house in Massachusetts, young William decides to take her some of the blueberries he has picked. Includes historical notes. 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's imagination 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.

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A nice addition to any library.

by AnchorageSchools (WorldCat user published 2009-07-13) Good Permalink

      A boy named William, whose head is full of stories of knights and kings and queens, gets to meet a real-life queen who has had to flee her country during WW II. The storie is a recounting of a childhood event in the life of John Paterson. Great illustrations show the...
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