Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England, 1544

Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England, 1544

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by Kathryn Lasky, Josephine Bailey
     
 

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Welcome to the bizarre court of Henry VIII, where even a princess fears losing her head like her mother. Elizabeth hides her tenacious personality from everyone, especially her father. Your 21st-century kid will enjoy Elizabeth's "treasonous thoughts" and glimpse the daily life of a young woman who ascended the throne at 25 and went on to rule her country for 45

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Welcome to the bizarre court of Henry VIII, where even a princess fears losing her head like her mother. Elizabeth hides her tenacious personality from everyone, especially her father. Your 21st-century kid will enjoy Elizabeth's "treasonous thoughts" and glimpse the daily life of a young woman who ascended the throne at 25 and went on to rule her country for 45 years.

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"Josephine Bailey reads with a haughty confidence. Her well-enunciated accent sounds royal as she mixes palace intrigue with preteen concerns of school and friends." —-AudioFile
Children's Literature - Katie Preissner
Movies including Mrs. Brown, Shakespeare in Love, and of course, Elizabeth, have brought English history to the masses. Now, a new series of books lets children get close to these powerful monarchs in a unique way. Subtitled Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England, 1544, this book is presented as the secret childhood diary of Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry VIII, who later came to rule England as Queen Elizabeth I. A fan of English history myself, I appreciated recognizing historical fact woven into this fictional diary, from Elizabeth's descriptions of her very religious sister, Princess Mary, to her explanation of her father's many marriages. While kids learn about life in England during Henry VIII's reign, they easily form a bond with Princess Elizabeth, who, like any eleven-year-old, encounters sibling rivalry, completes her homework, and constantly craves for her father's attention and love. This is a great book for any young reader interested in England, princesses, history, books in diary format, or who just want a great read. I can't wait to read the next "Royal Diary!"
ALAN Review
As the daughter of a supposed witch, Princess Elizabeth--the future Queen of England--lives her life in turmoil. Surrounded by a loving father and stepmother, yet often exiled because of her antics, Elizabeth spends her life traveling from one castle to another, year in and year out. Along the way, she develops wonderful relationships with her brother, Prince Edward, and her governess, Kat. We discover, too, the mysteries surrounding the deaths of King Henry VIII's wives; the close brush that the current Queen, Catherine Parr, has with death; Elizabeth's dislike of her sister, Princess Mary; and Princess Elizabeth's dream to one day be queen herself. Told as a "diary" as an addition to the Scholastic "Royal Diaries" Series, Kathryn Lasky brings her readers the biography of Queen Elizabeth, rounding out her text with smart charts and illustrations. A wonderful and fairly accurate read for children ages 9-12. Part of the "Royal Diaries." Genre: Historical Fiction. 1999, Scholastic, Ages 9 to 12, $10.95. Reviewer: Julie Hughey
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-In this addition to the series of fictional diaries focusing on royalty by Kathryn Lasky (Scholastic, 1999), Elizabeth, the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, shares her day-to-day life from the ages of 11 to 14. She feels herself the "forgotten" or "invisible" princess, being exiled from court life to a country estate due to an unfortunate turn of phrase which earns her father's displeasure. She swings from melancholy to exhilaration as she is finally allowed back at court. Her longing for her father's approval, along with the typical pastimes of an upper-class child in mid-16th century England and her friendships with Robin Dudley and Lady Jane Gray are Elizabeth's main concerns. Her father, his many wives, including the current Queen, Catherine Parr, and other members of the Tudor household are superficially developed. History is conveyed, accurately for the most part, in an entertaining fashion. Narrator Josephine Bailey's light British accent is perfect for a young Elizabeth's first person point-of-view set in diary format. A good choice for libraries where the series is popular.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781400151356
Publisher:
Tantor Audio
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Series:
Royal Diaries Series
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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"Josephine Bailey reads with a haughty confidence. Her well-enunciated accent sounds royal as she mixes palace intrigue with preteen concerns of school and friends." —-AudioFile

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