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Elizabeth I, the People's Queen: Her Life and Times, 21 Activities (For Kids series) Paperback – June 1, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Author Kerrie Logan Hollihan, does a wonderful job in not only presenting the facts, but also giving readers a real sense of what it was like to live in those times. As expected, there is a lot of information about Elizabeth. There is also information about other historical figures such as William Shakespeare, Mary, Queen of Scots, Henry VIII, Frances Drake, and Walter Raleigh. Ms. Hollihan is very thorough in providing the full picture of England during the Elizabethan period.
Other interesting features in the book include the 21 activities that kids can try at home. My personal favorites are growing a knot garden and stitching a blackwork flower. The book has numerous photographs which give an excellent visual picture of the people and events of the time.
Elizabeth I, the People's Queen, is an excellent resource for teachers and students who wish to learn about the life and times of Queen Elizabeth I. I highly recommend it.
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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.Published on March 10, 2013 by Kathy Myers
This well-researched book brings the fascinating Elizabeth I to life with lively writing, fascinating anecdotes, and engaging visuals. Read morePublished on August 4, 2011 by Diana