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The Queen of France    by Tim Wadham & Kady MacDonald Denton order for
Queen of France
by Tim Wadham
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2011 (2011)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

My name is Rose and I just love playing the dress-up game. Sometimes I pretend to be the Queen of France so I slip on my bracelets, necklaces and my pretty crown. Then I visit my minions and see what they are doing. When I check out my mom she is working out in the garden and my dad is cutting the grass.

I ask them if they have seen Rose but both my parents say that they haven't. When I hurt myself on a rose bush my Mom is planting, I ask my father if he is the Royal Physician so he can fix the cut but he says, 'No, I am Rose's father.'

That's no fun. So then I go back into the house and change into my Rose clothing and bandage my own finger. Since I like to switch back and forth, I become the Queen of France again, but my parents don't like to play this game.

A little tired of the game, I tell my Mom, 'I would like to trade places with Rose. I am tired of being queen. I will be your daughter, and she can be the queen.'

My Mom responds, 'Your Majesty, I am sure Rose would love that.'

As you'll see when you read my picture book, it is fun to pretend to be a different person, but it is probably better to just be yourself most of the time. It is far less confusing that way!

If you like to play pretend sometimes, I think you'll like reading about me and how I was the Queen of France. There are some really neat pictures of me in the book too!

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