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Queen Victoria's Diamond
     

Queen Victoria's Diamond

by Gerry Bailey, Karen Foster, Leighton Noyes (Illustrator)
 

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Gr 3-5

Digby and his older sister, Hannah, visit Knicknack Market every Saturday to see what fantastical historical object Mr. Rummage has for sale. Though the authenticity of the object is often called into question by Hannah, it elicits an impromptu history lesson. Thus readers learn about Galileo after Hannah finds his telescope on the stall, Julius Caesar when Mr. Rummage presents the leader's sandals, and Queen Victoria when Pixie, the owner of a nearby stall, shows a fragment of a jewel belonging to the regent. On each spread, Mr. Rummage (and in Caesar and Queen Victoria , other characters from the market) describes the historical figure, and the opposite page provides facts interspersed with reproductions and historically accurate illustrations. Cartoons of Hannah and Digby acting out the events appear throughout. In the end, the subject's life has been revealed, from childhood to death. The clever structure makes the history a little more accessible for some readers, but the story feels contrived at points. Though the facts are accurate, there are a few inconsistencies in these books, such as Digby's sister being introduced as younger and then talked about as his older sister. Also, sometimes it is difficult to know which of the modern characters is speaking, as the dialogue sections of the texts often lack attribution.-Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778736974
Publisher:
Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/30/2009
Series:
Stories of Great People , #14
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
NC970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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