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Blueberries for the Queen

by John PatersonKatherine Paterson

Illustrated by Susan Jeffers

HarperCollins 2004

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Based on a true family story when Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands came for the summer to New England to escape the hardships of World War II, William picks some fresh blueberries from his farm and presents it to her. In reaching out to his neighbor, he, at such a young age, begins to make his own "peace effort".

Susan Jeffers' watercolor, pen and ink illustrations juxtapose the reality of the times with William's imagination of pretending in his play to be a knight in mediaeval times.