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Her Majesty's Explorer: a Steampunk bedtime story Paperback – February 15, 2012
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"Her Majesty's Explorer" is about an adventurous, but gentle, automaton named St. John Murphy Alexander. St. John's job is to explore for the Queen.
He sets out in the morning, clean and well-rested, and ready for weeks of exploration (he is an automaton, after all, and has no need to stop to rest like a human). During his adventure, he visits a variety of landscapes, meets all sorts of creatures, and pays attention to all the wonders of nature he sees.
Then he returns to his regiment to report his observations. After so many days of journeying, St. John needs to refresh himself with some nourishing oil and grease, clean his outfit, and get all the dust and dirt (even insects!) out of his gears. He finally crawls into bed for a good night's rest, dreaming of the wonders he encountered during his explorations. In the morning, he will wake up and do it once more.
This bedtime story captures the essence of what it is to be a child, wide-eyed and innocent, and seeing the world for the first time; how children have the energy to stay on the go all day long, seeing and doing all they can. It is a sweet tale, with lovely illustrations.
The cute little Steamduck appears at the end in a poem - another mechanical explorer determined to see the world. There is also a "Seek and Find" toward the back, so children can revisit the story and try to match up the pictures.
This lovely little work is not just an introduction to steampunk, but a tribute to the characteristically inquisitive nature of children.
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simple, yet beautiful artwork shows this simple explorer in an interesting world. A fun little jaunt for the younger set.Published 20 months ago by Andrew Dell
I love this little book. A cute story and I love the illustrations. I added this to my steampunk collection.Published on June 5, 2014 by notbuyingit
Parents, if you want to share your love of steampunk with your toddler, this is a good place to start. Lovely illustrations and a good story.Published on January 28, 2013 by Tara L. Moeller
Its a lovely story about an automaton explorer with a steamduck mini book at the end. I can't wait to give it to my lil niece explorer. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by Patricia Bily
Cute story and darling illustrations for my grandkids however, it would have been nice if it came in a hardcover vs. paperback.Published on April 9, 2012 by macvic
This book is fabulous! I love the illustrations and the very cute story!! I had never read a Steampunk Story before but both my children and I enjoyed this book very much!Published on March 19, 2012 by Allison
Emilie P. Bush has given parents who love steampunk a great way to share the genre with their littles ones with these two charming bedtime stories. Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by Rhetta Akamatsu
Bought the kindle version. Lovely story for the littlies, with some bigger words to stretch the reading ability. Oh, and Steamduck. Don't forget Steamduck.Published on March 17, 2012 by Neo & Kiz
My one word title sums it up. I just loved it. Buy it, read it , enjoy it. And then you will read it again. Kids will love it. Read morePublished on March 7, 2012 by CharlesC