Title: The Queen of Style
Author: Caralyn Buehner
Illustrator: Mark Buehner
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 3.9
Concepts: services, entrepreneurship, market economy, consumers and producers
Review: Queen Sophie, who ruled over a small land of farmers and sheep, had too much time on her hands and not enough work to keep her occupied. When she researched new opportunities, she came across an advertisement for a correspondence course offered by the Royal College of Beauty. It seemed perfect! The only stumbling block was the requirement to practice each cutting, styling, plucking, and manicuring lesson on fifty different people. It did not take long before all the people and sheep in the kingdom had a whole new look, but just how much longer could Queen Sophie mandate their participation in her practice sessions?
The Queen of Style offers readers an amusing story about the challenges and rewards of training for a vocation and starting a business. Cleverly mixed into the tale is a simple lesson about the market economy: once Sophie realized that the farmers should be able to choose which styling treatments they wanted, the demand (and appreciation) for her services took off. The illustrations are hilarious and further add to the appeal of this first-rate book.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children