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A Map and a Mule: A Peace Story of Queen Isabel of Portugal
by Eric Timar (Goodreads Author)
Two episodes from the life of Queen Isabel of Portugal, a peacemaker of the late 1200s and early 1300s. For preschool through third grade. Illustrations include portraits of Isabel (also known as Elizabeth, and Elizabeth of Aragon), a detail of a contemporary painting of knights, a detail of a vintage map, and more.
Paperback, 26 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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If two countries are planning to fight each other over a piece of disputed territory, what can be done to stop them? Queen Isabel of Portugal lived from 1271 to 1336. Her husband was King Dennis. There was a town called Serpa which was between Portugal and its neighbor Spain. Each country claimed it. This was during the days of knights, so the knights of Spain got ready to fight the knights of Portugal. What did Queen Isabel do to help solve the problem? And later, what did she do to keep two ...more
I love the premise behind this book because I think it's far less often than it should be that our children's books tell stories of peace and non-violence rather than the opposite of these. Because of this, I had high hopes for the book. Similarly, the cover is beautifully designed and caused high expectations for the illustrations of the book also. Unfortunately, I was disappointed on both fronts. The two stories are great stories, but they're not very involved or deep. Just because its a ...more
Lived abroad in Central America for six years -- three in Nicaragua, three in Honduras. Collects peace stories for children. Born on Saki's birthday, not far from Winesburg Ohio.More about Eric Timar...