Blueberries for the Queen

Blueberries for the Queen In 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 o

  • Title: Blueberries for the Queen
  • Author: JohnPaterson Katherine Paterson Susan Jeffers
  • ISBN: 9780066239422
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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.It s 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 endIn 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.It s 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 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 like peace work but that makes all the difference.Susan Jeffers s dramatic illustrations portray the compelling contrastbetween William simagination and the real events in the story, which are based on anactual incident in John Paterson s childhood Visually stunning, with anevocative, poignant telling, this is the picture book art form at itsfinest.

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    1. I hope this was based on a true story. I really liked it. Gave kids a chance to dream and to become adventurous.

    2. I don't know how to rate this. We found this at the library, just looking around, and glancing through it I could see the boys imagination working overtime so I decided it was coming home with us. (Julia has a vivid imagination and we like to read stories which parallel that at times.) Anyway, there is more story than with most simple picture books so that's one plus for us. We still read plenty of simple picture books, don't get me wrong, but we're stepping it up a notch at the same time. My da [...]

    3. This is a very charming story.A little boy, with an active imagination, wants to help with the war effort (WWII), but finds he's just too small to help the way his older brother and parents do. Then, one day, rumors spread that a real queen has rented a house down the road. The older brother teases his little brother about never having seen a real queen. Eventually, the little boy picks fresh blueberries and takes them to the queen, but will she see him personally? A wonderful, wonderful story a [...]

    4. From the cover I was expecting a medieval story. It is medieval in parts, but these parts exist in young William's imagination. It is 1942 in rural America. William is an ordinary boy growing up on a farm. His family are involved in the war effort. The war is mentioned and certainly a part of the story but it doesn't hit young readers over the head with the miseries of war. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands is forced into exile and turns up near William's home. William and his brother Roger ar [...]

    5. I found this book to be unbearably adorable. The idea of a little boy desperately wanting to help win World War II learns that sometimes, peace work is more effective than war work. He is determined to see the Queen of England for himself while she is taking refuge in America in an estate right near his home, so he decides to attempt to bring her some fresh picked blueberries. He ended up being invited into the big estate to present the queen his blueberries in person, and found that she is just [...]

    6. This book is sweet and recognizable and simple. When the Queen of the Netherlands moves into the neighborhood, we see her through the little boy's eyes. When he brings her blueberries and finds her "in disguise as a grandmother" it does not destroy the beautiful imaginings we've been seeing in the illustrations, rather, it just helps add beauty to what the real world can offer. It speaks explicitly about being a little boy who wants to grow up and help the war effort (WWII) and then finding an a [...]

    7. This is a sweetly written picture book that has some fascinating historical insights to it. John Paterson recalls this extraordinary adventure from his childhood with remarkable clarity and Katherine Paterson fills in the cracks beautifully, developing the story to fulfill all of its potential. The drawings of Susan Jeffers are exceptional, particularly her rendering of the boy, William. The life that she creates in his bright blue eyes makes William even more personally accessible than he other [...]

    8. I cried at the author's note. This was a beautiful book but way to long for storytime. During World War II everyone in John's family is helping with War prep but he is to young. What can he do. Meanwhile a Netherland Queen's family has moved into the area. Everyone wants to meet the queen. One day John goes on a peace mission to the queen's house with a basket of freshly picked blueberries. Will he get to meet her?

    9. I love Patterson. Based on true story. Happens in WW II time. The Queen of Netherlands lived in Massachusetts with her daughter and 2 grandkids the summer of 1942. The younger son of the family living down the road picks blueberries for the queen--it's his "peace work". I love the theme of the older brother who needs a lot of practice being a good brother. The authors don't spoon it to you, but you feel inspired to do better by reading about how they are with each other.

    10. This book had a lot of good vocabulary and could potentially go along well with a social studies unit. I thought the plot was well developed and the illustrations were a great addition which showed the power of the imagination. I also thought the story held a great message of staying positive and believing in yourself.

    11. A lovely story, especially as it is based on a real event. Jeffers illustrations are, as ever, exemplary.

    12. A good pick for kids ready for a picture book with more text, it brings to life a small piece of WWII history that will be unfamiliar to most.

    13. The Hamilton County Reads Children's pick for 2010. I love this story, but why do they keep picking books that make me what to cry? I have to read this to a group of children!

    14. This is a true story about a little boy who brings blueberries to Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands when they stayed in Massachusetts after being exiled during World War II.

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