Elizabeth and the Royal Pony: Based on a True Story of Elizabeth I of England (Young Princesses Around the World Series #1) (Ready-to-Read Series)

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Princess Elizabeth
of England is trying to teach her golden pony to jump over a stone wall — but no matter what she tries, he won't budge! After seeking advice from people in the kingdom, the princess finally asks her father, King Henry VIII, for help. And what he says just might help her navigate more than a stone wall.

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Overview

Princess Elizabeth
of England is trying to teach her golden pony to jump over a stone wall — but no matter what she tries, he won't budge! After seeking advice from people in the kingdom, the princess finally asks her father, King Henry VIII, for help. And what he says just might help her navigate more than a stone wall.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The front cover notes that this early reader is based on a "True Story of Elizabeth I of England." As it goes, we learn that Elizabeth loved to ride and often rode with her brother Edward and sister Mary. They lived away from their father King Henry VII at Hatfield Palace. Even in the brief text, the differences between Princess Mary and Princess Elizabeth become apparent. Elizabeth listens to people and is not afraid to seek out advice and learn: "That sounds like good advice," …"I will think about it." The children are invited to their father's sixth wedding to Catherine Parr and are excited. The wedding is a magnificent event and their father imparts some excellent advice. How Princess Elizabeth puts it to use and saves the new Queen's fan make for exciting reading. The conclusion of the book also imparts an excellent recap of history during her later years. A much better than expected early reader with illustrations that complement and add to the text. You can feel the wind blowing through Princess Elizabeth's hair as she races along on her pony Pegasus. Part of the "Young Princesses Around the World" series. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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K-Gr 2
These marginal selections introduce readers who are not quite ready for chapter books to two famous queens through fictionalized anecdotes from their childhoods. Cleopatra recounts the young princess's intelligence and loyalty in discovering plots against her father and protecting him, even against her own sisters. Elizabeth tells of the nine-year-old future queen's attempts to train a pony and her eventual success after having carefully sought out and listened to the advice of many people. The pastel floral-patterned covers reflect the emphasis on themes of girl power. Unfortunately, a worthy concept is marred by several flaws in execution. Though the covers boast that these tales are "based on a true story," the protagonists' viewpoints and dialogue are clearly embellished. Holub's portrayal of these heroines as early feminists is questionable. There are no pronunciation guides or glossaries, and new readers will likely trip over "Boleyn," "royal litter," and "Tryphaena." The figures in Aleshina's unappealing watercolor illustrations are rendered inconsistently. Though each title closes with a summary of the princess's transition to queen and a historical time line, the information contained in these volumes will not suffice for reports. While these books might have had appeal for readers who are not yet ready for "The Royal Diaries" series (Scholastic), they fall too far short to merit purchase.
—Jayne DamronCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689871917
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 3/27/2007
  • Series: Young Princesses Around the World Series , #1
  • Edition description: Ready-to-Read, Level 3
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Holub

Joan Holub is the author of more than 130 books for young readers, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, Zero the Hero, Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers and Swirly Stars, and Shampoodle. She lives in North Carolina. Visit her at JoanHolub.com.

Nonna Aleshina has illustrated the previous books in the Young
Princesses Around the World series. She lives in Russia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2007

    Informative and enjoyable

    A good addition to my class library collection. Students learned about Elizabeth's life as a girl and how that influenced her when she ruled as queen. There's a helpful timeline at the end of the book. Historical fiction based on enough factual information to make it useful in the classroom, while the fictional aspect tied in to the facts and made it accessible and interesting to young readers. Highly recommended.

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