The Queen of Hearts

Susan Angebranndt

Susan Angebranndt & Laura Jane Coats
The Queen of Hearts She Made some Tarts: and other More or Less Suitable Verses for Playing Cards
Illustrations and text printed on card stock
107 cards, 9 x 6 cm (single card), 10 x 14 x 2 cm (box)
Burlingame, California
2006
FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives

The Queen of Hearts
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Susan Angebranndt’s The Queen of Hearts She Made Some Tarts: And Other More or Less Suitable Verses for Playing Cards seems intended as an artistic portrayal of the intersection of childhood fun and learning. Playing cards imply play, and the four verses included on the pip cards come from a nursery rhyme, some of which were also incorporated into Alice in Wonderland. By combining a deck of cards with a nursery rhyme about cards, which was itself drawn from a children’s book in which cards are main characters, Angebranndt offers the developing mind an opportunity to build layers of associations—patterns, numbers, symbols, language—and each game itself becomes a story.