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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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"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

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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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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • 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: 11 x 0.3 x 8.5 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: #986,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Elizabeth I, The People's Queen, is a well-documented biography of one of the most famous figures in English history. The world of Elizabeth was frought with turmoil. It was a time of bitter fighting between Protestants and Catholics. Elizabeth was always on the watch for traitors and those who wished to end her life.

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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