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Queen of the Class: Ann Estelle Stories    by Mary Engelbreit order for
Queen of the Class
by Mary Engelbreit
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2004 (2004)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

When Ann Estelle's class puts on a play, she wants the Queen's role. After all, she already has both robe and crown. She even begins to act regally at home ... but she doesn't get the part.

Instead, Ann Estelle is 'Stage Manager'. Though her teacher explains how 'responsible' this role is, Ann Estelle had her eye on the crown and she's very disappointed. But she's soon busy coaching actors, learning all the parts, and improving costumes. When the play goes on, Ann Estelle's interventions save many scenes, and at the end she does feel 'just like a Queen.'

Ann Estelle is an engagingly strong-willed child, very like many that we all know. And this episode in her life has many lessons for little ones - about dealing with disappointments, and making the best of every opportunity in life (the book includes an Ann Estelle paper doll, complete with clipboard and crown).

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