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Berries for the Queen

by Janet Noonan
Series: Castle Tales #1
31 pages, Picture Book
Reviewed by Nienna

Nice children's story.

Plot

[Note: This was co-written by mother-daughter team Janet Noonan and Jacquelyn Calvert.]

Upon finding a ripe strawberry in her garden, the Queen decides she wants a strawberry tart. When no strawberries can be found, the whole country is in danger of being thrown in the dungeon.

Morality

The queen shows impatience and rage, but loves her subjects and repents, determined to be kind and patient ever after.

Spiritual Content

1 Corinthians 13:4,5 (RSV) is quoted at the end of the book.

Violence

People are thrown in the dungeon and fear that they will starve.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

The Queen calls people "double dense dunce" and uses the exclamation "fiddlesticks."

Conclusion

An enjoyable story, "Berries for the Queen" teaches patience and self-control. Each page has a full, cartoonish illustration, with the text being in a box. James and Dora (the Queen's servants) set an example of complete obedience. While the spiritual application (that God, as the King, is patient and kind with us) does not come across very clearly, the general story leads to good morals.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 5-7

Review Rating:

Average rating: 3 stars
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