The Long White Scarf

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Shortlisted for the 2006 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award

Long before she becomes Queen of England, Princess Victoria rides out in an open coach with her mother. Around her neck the child proudly wears her new silk scarf--long, white, and embroidered with her initial. But the scarf will not belong to the young princess for long. A mischievous breeze will tug at the scarf, uncoil it from the little girl's neck, and lift it into the air. The young princess will grow up, become ...

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Overview


Shortlisted for the 2006 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award

Long before she becomes Queen of England, Princess Victoria rides out in an open coach with her mother. Around her neck the child proudly wears her new silk scarf--long, white, and embroidered with her initial. But the scarf will not belong to the young princess for long. A mischievous breeze will tug at the scarf, uncoil it from the little girl's neck, and lift it into the air. The young princess will grow up, become queen, and rule her people for many years before she will see her scarf again.

And what of the scarf? How long will it float on the breeze and find a succession of owners before time--and chance--bring it back to its rightful owner at last?

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-A scarf belonging to Princess Victoria is whisked away by a peculiar English breeze and floats down the Thames to a fisherman who takes it home for his young daughter. She in turn gives it to her brother as a good luck charm as he goes off to war. The scarf is used as a sling when he is injured and it remains in the family upon his return. Many years later another breeze transports it away to a shopkeeper who finds and displays it. A little girl and her grandmother purchase the scarf for someone special-Queen Victoria on her jubilee. The queen is entranced by it and carries it through the streets of London that day. A historical note places Queen Victoria in context and describes eight scarves that she herself crocheted as honors for commonwealth soldiers. The illustrations are in rich hues with a high level of detail and evoke Victorian-era costumes, transportation, and landscapes. The art is lovely, but the story has limited child appeal.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A fictional tale about a scarf that was never owned by Queen Victoria. The young princess loses the scarf that's "soft and white as a silky cloud" (what does that mean, anyway?) and embroidered with her initial "V," when it's blown from the royal carriage on a windy day. A man finds it in the river, and brings it home for his daughter. She cherishes it and gives it to her brother as a talisman when he goes off to war, where it serves as a sling when his arm is broken. The scarf escapes again when wrapped around a newborn infant, and is sold in a curiosity shop to a child and her grandmother, who present it to Queen Victoria on her Golden Jubilee, celebrating 50 years' rule. Though the pictures are rich in color and detail, with a rosy Victorian glow, the text is a little too awkward in phrasing and oddly imagined to be a crowd-pleaser. (historical note) (Picture book. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550051476
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/20/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Maxine Trottier Maxine Trottier, award-winning author of numerous picture books, novels and non-fiction works, was born in Grosse Point Farms, Michigan, and moved to Canada with her family at the age of ten. Her inspiration as an author has often come from her ancestors -- French habitants and the Miami people. Maxine lives with her husband, William, in Port Stanley, Ontario.

David Craig is a highly acclaimed Canadian artist and illustrator whose work has earned him international recognition. He is the inaugural winner of the James Madison Book Award for his work in First to Fly: How Wilbur and Orville Wright Invented the Airplane. Raised in Ottawa, Ontario, David lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

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