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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: For Kids series
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Original edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569763496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569763490
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Elizabeth I is a towering figure in both British and world history, and this book does a good job of explaining why . . . This well-organized book succeeds at being interesting and scholarly at the same time." —School Library Journal

"This attractive entry in the For Kids series offers 21 activities to supplement the text and provide a sense of what Elizabethan England was all about." —Kirkus Reviews

“For either individual learners or a classroom setting, the facts and chronology are easy to understand and give a broad picture of not only the Queen but what life was like for all people of England at that time.”  —Ohioana Quarterly

About the Author

Kerrie Logan Hollihan is the author of Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids and Theodore Roosevelt for Kids, and has written for Boy’s Life magazine and Bird Watcher’s Digest.

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Author Biography

Kerrie Logan Hollihan writes award-winning nonfiction for young people. Her books have been honored by Smithsonian magazine, the National Science Teachers Association, the Chicago Public Library, and the Junior Library Guild. She holds degrees in history from Allegheny College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.

Hollihan decided to channel her "inner sixth grade girl who read Compton's encyclopedia for fun" and started writing for kids in 2005. From 38,000 word biography/activity books about Isaac Newton, Theodore Roosevelt, and Queen Elizabeth I, Hollihan also enjoyed the challenge of "writing short" for an early reader series on Latin American celebrations.

"Kids don't get enough credit for being able to understand history as it actually happened. As I write, I try to explain the 'whys' of situations as well as the 'whats.' History is filled with great yet fully human men and women with faults and foibles. When I tell the stories of famous people, there are tough issues to address -- segregated America and religious persecution in England are topics I've tackled as I write for young people."

Hollihan, mother of two grown children, lives with her pilot husband Bill in Blue Ash, Ohio.

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Kids will find the activities fun, but teachers and parents will appreciate their educational value.
At the center of it all is the "People's Queen", Elizabeth I. Hollihan delves into the life and personality of England's great monarch.
B. Miller
The book has numerous photographs which give an excellent visual picture of the people and events of the time.
Sherry Ellis

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By E. Mahoney on January 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
Well written and beautifully designed, "Elizabeth 1 – the People’s Queen" is a great biography for young readers from the excellent “For Kids” series from Chicago Review Press.

Author Kerrie Logan Hollihan does a masterful job of writing about Elizabeth’s complex life and explaining how a young girl who lost her mother, Anne Boleyn, and was disowned by her father, Henry V111 of England, could rise to become Queen of England for some forty-five years. A helpful time line at the start of the book outlines key events in Elizabeth’s dramatic and complex life (1533-1603). Hollihan writes, “Queen Elizabeth’s very life was high drama. Surrounding her was a cast of characters – kings, queens, lords, ladies, heroes, villains, gentlemen, gentlewomen, soldiers, sailors and ordinary English folk. Like Shakespeare’s actors, they made their entrances and exits as Elizabeth’s drama unfolded.” Hollihan also provides an easy to read Tudor Family Tree to help decipher the Tudors who ruled England as kings and queens.

In addition to navigating imprisonment, wartime, spies, death threats, and the intense conflicts from the Protestant and Catholic faiths, Elizabeth’s reign was also marked by great strides in commerce and travel, as well the blossoming of literature, music and art for the tiny island nation called England.

The book, which is a joy to thumb through with its many beautiful illustrations, photos, artwork and maps, is an interactive teaching tool. Young readers will find fun activities to help them learn about and relate to an era so different from today. Examples include learning to stitch a blackwork flower, making marzipan, making a Scottish banner, and putting together a scented pomander. Activities provide educational information as well.
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By Kathy Myers on March 10, 2013
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I Like all the books in this series. The one critique would be that if the print size were a little larger it would be even easier for kids to read.
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By Debbie S. Glade on September 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
A while back I reviewed author Kerrie Logan Hollihan's great book, Theodore Roosevelt for Kids: His Life and Times. She has written another wonderful Chicago Review Press biography for kids - Elizabeth I: The People's Queen ($16.95, Chicago Review Press, ages 9 and up), and what a fascinating read it is!

Elizabeth I was born in 1533 into the royal Tudor family. Her father was the notorious King Henry VIII and her mother, the ill-fated Queen Anne Boleyn. When Elizabeth was only 2-years-old, her father had Anne executed for treason. He quickly remarried just 2 weeks later to Jane Seymour, and Elizabeth was soon declared illegitimate and no longer considered royalty. After King Henry VIII passed away, Elizabeth's young half brother, Edward became King Edward VI and Elizabeth was reinstated to the King's Court. But Edward lived to be only 6-years-old, leaving Elizabeth's half sister, Mary Tudor, next in line to become Queen. Mary believed Elizabeth was plotting against her and sentenced her to be imprisoned in the Tower of London. Queen Mary reinstated Catholicism as England's church during her reign and earned the nickname, "Bloody Mary," after executing 280 dissenters. Following Mary's death from natural causes, Elizabeth I was next in line to become Queen of England.

Elizabeth I was fortunate enough as a young child to receive an excellent education by working with tutors hired to teach her brother and later with her own private tutors. She eventually learned to speak many different languages including Greek, French, Latin and Italian and was skilled at riding horses and loved to hunt.

Readers of this book will discover why Elizabeth was so well loved and so commonly referred to as "The People's Queen.
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