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Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley
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Oct 12, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: biographies, nonfiction

Even though this book was in a picture-book format, it wasn't too simple and not at all childish-like. The author was very skilled at making a nonfictional book interesting and I read it with eagerness. I've noticed that people not only tend to write picture-books for little kids but for everyone, so that it would be simple to understand and very easy and fun to learn a bit more about a topic. "Good Queen Bess" really did an amazing job at that and the author (as well as the illustrater) framed the whole book beautifully. I thought Queen Elizabeth I of England was a good queen but this book made me view her a bit differently and truly brought her to life as a normal woman and a very kind-hearted person. It was surprising since not only did Elizabeth I live in England and a long, long time ago but was also a queen, that's why I was very impressed at the simple way and style Diane wrote this book. The illustrations weren't too many like in a lot of kid's picture-books but were very beautiful and I felt as if I wanted to draw them myself. If you were wondering, the text was just the right amount on every page and the author did a great job on writing the book so that it didn't get boring or overdone. For such a short (compared to other books today) book the author sure wrote a lot about Queen Elizabeth's life, her adulthood, and even her childhood. But the author didn't even stop there, she made her readers feel as if they were practically in the Elizabethan Age and showed the political and religious conflicts and history of the time to perfection. I'd recommend...

Interest level: Medium
Grade level: 5th-9th

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