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Blueberries for the Queen

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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 end
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 15th 2004 by HarperCollins (first published June 1st 2004)
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Carol
May 22, 2009 Carol rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: Library find ~ completely stumbed on it wandering the shelves
Shelves: childrens
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
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Eva Leger
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
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Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
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 ...more
Giselle Avina
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 ...more
Sam Grace
Jul 02, 2011 Sam Grace rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Trish Nemore
Shelves: pretty-pictures
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 ...more
Hannah
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.
Josiah
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 othe
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Marilyn
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.
Molly
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!
Jane
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.
Beverly
A lovely story, especially as it is based on a real event. Jeffers illustrations are, as ever, exemplary.
Heather
This was a gentle story with nice illustrations. It didn't hold their attention though.

Rusty Gregory
This as a fun imaginative book, but it had a lot of words.
Mary
A wonderful story based on a real life incident.
Christen Lancaster
Love the historical facts in this story
Lucy
I do love Susan Jeffers.
Sandybear76
good kids book.
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From author's website:

People are always asking me questions I don't have answers for. One is, "When did you first know that you wanted to become a writer?" The fact is that I never wanted to be a writer, at least not when I was a child, or even a young woman. Today I want very much to be a writer. But when I was ten, I wanted to be either a movie star or a missionary. When I was twenty, I wanted t
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