Queen of Hearts (Ann Estelle Stories)
Mary Engelbreit
HarperTrophy (2008)
ISBN 9780060081836
Reviewed by Cayden Aures (age 4) and Mom for Reader Views (12/08)

 

“Queen of Hearts” is the story of Ann Estelle and her preparations for her favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day.  She works very hard transforming a plain shoebox into the best valentine box ever for her classmates to put her valentines into.  She focuses so much on the box that she forgets to make something else that is very important, valentines for her friends.

Cayden:  “The box that she made looked really nice.  I like making projects with glue and scissors too.  I liked looking at the pictures.  The book was kind of boring though.  It was just about the things she put on her box.  The cookies in the book look like they tasted good though.”

Parent’s comments:
I enjoyed the classic Mary Engelbreit illustrations in “Queen of Hearts.”  I especially liked the Valentine themed borders along the bottom.  The storyline was okay but it really wasn’t all that engaging.  Both my son and I started to lose interest in it about halfway through the book as Ann Estelle kept decorating her box, and then decorating it some more, and then more and more.

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