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)by Joan Holub, Nonna Aleshina
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.See more details below
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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.
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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