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Thursday, February 24, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Good Queen Bess: The Story of Elizabeth I of England by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema


TITLE: Good Queen Bess: The Story of Elizabeth I of England
AUTHOR: Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema
ILLUSTRATOR: Diane Stanley
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
DATE OF PUBLICATION: August 1, 2001
FORMAT: Hardcover, 40 pages
GENRE: Juvenile Nonfiction, Biography
ISBN: 978-0688179618

SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS:
 

She was a queen whose strong will, shrewd diplomacy, religious tolerance and great love for her subjects won the hearts of her people and the admiration of her enemies.

Elizabeth was born into an age of religious strife, in which plots and factions were everywhere and private beliefs could be punished by death. When she became queen, her counselors urged her to marry quickly and turn the responsibilities of governing over to her husband, But she outwitted them by stalling, changing her mind; and playing one side against another, as she steered her country to the glorious era of peace and security that would be called the Elizabethan Age.

Elizabeth's forceful personality, colorful court, and devoted subjects come vividly to life in this stellar picture-book biography. When it was first published, Good Queen Bess was named a Notable Book in the Field of Social Studies, an American Library Association Notable Book, a Booklist Editors' Choice, an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and an IRA Teachers' Choice.

In this welcome reissue, celebrated author and illustrator Diane Stanley and her husband, Peter Vennema, paint an impressive portrait of the remarkable queen who loved her people so dearly and ruled them so well.

MY REVIEW: 

I read this book aloud to my daughters.

Another great biography by Stanley! We are really enjoying her books, which are richly illustrated. The historical information is just enough and not too overwhelming for young readers.

This would be a great addition to your history books!
 

MY RATING: 4 stars!

This book qualifies as:
#70 for my 2011 100+ Reading Challenge

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