Queen of the World
- written and illustrated by Thomas F. Yezerski
- Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000
- 32 pp., full-color illustrations
- ages 6-8
- ISBN-10: 0-374-36165-7
- ISBN-13: 978-0-374-36165-5
Three sisters with nothing in common but their parents are always fighting over who is the prettiest, the strongest, or just the best. All Mom wants is for her daughters to get along. The middle sister tells the story of how the girls hold a contest to decide, once and for all, who is Queen of the World, forever, with no taking it back. They make birthday presents for their Mom, and whoever’s present Mom likes best is the winner. The contest has an unexpected end, and the girls figure out what it really takes to be Queen of the World.
Reviews and Awards
Some might say the characters in this book are much like my own sisters. I can’t say whether that’s true or not. One thing is for sure: I know first-hand it’s very hard for three sisters (and one brother) to get along all the time, especially when they are very different and very competitive. Annie, Karen and Mary Kay couldn’t be less alike, but each one is a Queen of the World in her own right. I’m proud to report they’re achieving excellence in biology, public relations, and theatre, respectively. In addition to my own observations, I learned a lot about sisterhood from a wonderful book called Sisters, by Carol Saline, with photography by Sharon J. Wohlmuth.