"Dense, erudite and absorbing, this collection of verse and prose about the travels of England's Tudor queen brims with information and energy," according to PW. "The artist lavishes his pictures with period touches." Ages 4-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Queen Elizabeth took an annual summer progress throughout the countryside of England. Her caravan stretched for miles and "her whims were her compass." From A is for adventure to Z is for Zounds, follow her through the extraordinary alphabet book. "T is for treason. Turncoats make ready. They slip through the square, with daggers ready." The Queen's men were ever vigilant for many plots were aimed at Elizabeth throughout her long reign. Rhyming couplets for each letter are accompanied by richly detailed historical information. Lavish illustrations, reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts, follow the Queen's progress. From feasts with blackbirds flying out of tarts to tournaments in the tilt yard, the colorful pages beg to be studied carefully. Patterned clothing and varying perspectives spill off the pages and transport readers back to Medieval England. History educators will surely want to share this beautiful book with students. 2003, Viking, Ages 4 to 8.
Gr 3-7-Queen Elizabeth's annual summer journey through England is presented in an A-to-Z format. Placed prominently within lavishly detailed paintings of the excursion, each ornately decorated letter is accompanied by a four-line verse. Explanatory paragraphs are set within ornamental frames. A surefire visual delight. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Queen Elizabeth I makes her way through the English countryside on one of her summer "progresses," attended by an entourage that includes two traitors. Arranged alphabetically, Elizabeth’s travels are narrated, as in so many alphabet books these days, on two levels. The alphabet letters introduce short, doggerel verse, while accompanying text boxes provide fuller information about the goings-on. This split-personality organization conveys too little information for those whose attention spans limit the experience to the alphabet portion of the narrative. "I is for intrigue, / and shadowy strangers," will be nothing short of baffling to this set, although older children will learn that "[m]any plots were aimed at Queen Elizabeth during her reign." Ibatoulline seems able to adapt his style to anything, here rendering lush, detailed oils that recall the Northern European masters of the Renaissance. The traitors, however, although they are introduced in the "A" spread, do not figure enough throughout the rest of the illustrations to build a satisfying tension before the climax. A potentially lovely and interesting effort, but both text and illustrations just miss the mark. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)