Marie Antoinette "Madame Deficit"

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The young, pretty queen who is remembered for supposedly uttering, “Let them eat cake,” Marie Antoinette had fun and spent money on beautiful things, while her people starved. But was she as heartless as everyone believed?

Gorgeous illustrations and an intelligent, evocative story bring to life a real dastardly dame whose extravagance incited a revolution.

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Overview


The young, pretty queen who is remembered for supposedly uttering, “Let them eat cake,” Marie Antoinette had fun and spent money on beautiful things, while her people starved. But was she as heartless as everyone believed?

Gorgeous illustrations and an intelligent, evocative story bring to life a real dastardly dame whose extravagance incited a revolution.

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Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
The book is part of a series "The Thinking Girls' Treasury of Dastardly Dames." Marie's sub title is "Madam Deficit" which suggests a woman who negatively influenced history in a profound manner. She shares such unpleasant associations in this series, along with Cleopatra, Mary Tudor, Catherine De' Medici and several other "dastardly dames." Looking carefully at the lovely photographs and drawings, readers will see a woman of elegance and also determination. Through her words and visual depictions of her lifestyle Marie is presented as a significant figure from the moment of her birth. A variety of eye catching photographs of palaces, dresses, jewelry and foods show endless luxuries bestowed upon her. It is remarkable to see what made her the pampered young woman of royal birth. Perhaps if readers could see an ordinary citizen's household of the same time period they would better understand the huge difference between Marie's life and that of the common person that she ruled. Citizens were concerned with finding food and shelter for their families, any kind of paid work, and were both awed and greatly disturbed by the inequality between the royal family's way of living and their own. It is no wonder that rebellion and revolution resulted. The book offers no further resources or simple chronological timeline to guide a student who may not have sufficient background to know or explore the French Revolution and the tragic fall of Marie Antoinette. The lovely appearance of the book and its illustrations will undoubtedly attract both male and female readers. It will also help them remember the woman whose great extravagance led to her greater downfall. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy
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Liz Hockinson is the author of the award-winning picture book, Marcello The Movie Mouse, illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi, and inspired by Saturday morning trips to the movie theatre as a child. Liz lives in Northern California with her family, including her beloved grandsons, Kole and Kaden.

Peter Malone has illustrated over twenty children’s books for such publishers as Chronicle, Knopf, Putnam, Running Press, and Scholastic. In addition to creating gorgeous illustrations, he wrote the book, Close to the Wind, about the use of the Beaufort scale for measuring wind force at sea. School Library Journal called it “informative and utterly charming.” He lives in Bath, England, with his wife, a restorer of paintings, and their two grown daughters.

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