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Take it to the Queen : A Tale of Hope

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With exquisite artwork and evocative text, this original fable explores the events of Jesus' life, and demonstrates the role of the Virgin Mary as the benevolent agent of God's people. Reduced to desolation by a king and prince who feel they have been wronged, the residents of a once-favored village must seek help from the queen, a native of their devastated town. Religious subjects are presented clearly in an allegorical style that proves entertaining, and also serves to provide children with examples of virtue and good behavior.show more

Product details

  • 6-8
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 200 x 288 x 6mm | 222.26g
  • GINGERBREAD HOUSE
  • Westhampton Beach, NY, United States
  • English
  • 37 colour Illus, colour photos
  • 0940112213
  • 9780940112216
  • 13,544

Review quote

"Lilting storytelling style. Charming." --"School Library Journal" on "The Weight of a Mass"show more

About Josephine Nobisso

Josephine Nobisso is the author of several books, including "The Numbers Dance, Show; Don't Tell!, "and "The Weight of a Mass." She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Bank Street College's Best Book of the Year and a Catholic Press Association Award. She lives in Westhampton Beach, New York. Katalin Szegedi is the illustrator of "The Weight of a Mass" and was named Illustrator of the Year by Hungary's International Board on Books for Young People.show more

Review Text

Nobisso and Szegedi (The Weight of a Mass, 2002) team up again for another original tale vaguely incorporating concepts from Roman Catholic doctrine, this time in a story about a queen who represents an allegorical Virgin Mary. The lyrical prose describes a king and his paternal relationship with his favorite village. He selects a young, exemplary wife from this town, and prior to her marriage to the king an angel gives her a prophetic dream of a special son. This child grows up to be the Prince of Peace, who restores health and wealth to the king's favored villagers after they suffer a decline springing from complacency. The story can be enjoyed on its own, without any reference to the underlying Christian parallels, although many readers will recognize the concepts of the Annunciation, the Communion table and the Roman Catholic idea of intercession. Szegedi's striking illustrations combine acrylics with collage, all on textured sepia backgrounds that impart an antique air. Extensive notes explaining the religious symbolism, and allegorical interpretations are included on the reverse of the dust-jacket flaps. (author's note) (Picture book. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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