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The Queen's Progress: An Elizabethan Alphabet

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Rhymed verses, stunning illustrations, and a fascinating text all come together to form this imaginative story about Queen Elizabeth and her progresses, or journeys, through England's countryside. Ibatoulline's illustrations are not only beautiful colorful works of art, they also tell a story within a story-one about the attempted murder of the queen and about her loyal se ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 26th 2003 by Viking Juvenile
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Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children and adults who like history, anyone who likes alphabet books
Celeste Davidson Mannis' The Queen's Progress is truly an absolutely amazing, historically detailed, gorgeously illustrated alphabet book for older children (and actually anyone, adults included, desiring to know information and details about Queen Elizabeth I of England and her annual summer progresses through the English countryside). The author's engaging, poetical text actually seems to work, never sounding or feeling forced or artificial, and the historical details accompanying each of the ...more
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kathryn by: Lisa and Gundula
A remarkable introduction to Queen Elizabeth I, this story follows the "queen's progress" (her annual "vacation" during which she leads a caravan across the countryside). I wondered at first it focusing on this particular aspect of the queen's reign was limiting the scope too much; after all, so much of her life happened when she was *not* on holiday. But, in Mannis' skillful hands, we receive a full portrait of this remarkable woman, humanitarian and ruler. Each letter in the alphabet heads a f ...more
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Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers looking for an amazing “alphabet book” &/or those interested in Elizabethan history
Recommended to Lisa (not getting friends updates) by: Manybooks
First I have to say something: Elizabethan collars are just awful; they’re atrocious.

Secondly, It’s crucial to know that this book was created as a children’s picture book only after the author had done 7 years of research and had written over 1,000 pages with the idea of a historical novel in mind; when she got to that point and was nowhere near done with her book, she took the advice to turn all her work into a picture book for children. It shows. Of course, not all the material makes it into
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young History Buffs
Part alphabet book, part biography, part historical study, The Queen's Progress is the ideal picture-book introduction to the subject of Queen Elizabeth I, and of the Elizabethan period in England. Following the queen's caravan, on one of her annual summer trips through the English countryside - known as the "Queen's Progress," these yearly journeys allowed Elizabeth a holiday from London, and the cares of government, while also keeping her in the hearts and minds of the people, with whom she fr ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
The word that kept springing to mind was sumptuous. The illustrations are rich, rich, rich! The fashions are intense and meticulously reproduced. There's a mischievous dog on most of the pages- sometimes biting a bad guy, sometimes running off with the sausages. The dual narrative works really well- there's a simple-ish rhyming alphabet, then a bit more of an explanation of the times and the people in a box on the same or the facing page. It all comes together in a delightful Tudor panoply. The ...more
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: CLM
Recommended to Carolynne by: Manybooks
Other more articulate reviewers than I have commented on the dazzling illustrations, the hidden story, and extensive research, but I want to look at the usefulness of this book. I fear that because of the alphabet book format that the people who will really enjoy this magnificent book (grown-up aficionados of English history) will never encounter it. (So thanks, Gundula, for recommending it!) It is likely to be added to elementary school libraries most of whose patrons aren't even thinking about ...more
Michael Fitzgerald
A bit overly kind to Good Queen Bess, particularly in the account of her involvement in Protestant/Catholic disputes.

And again, the amazing Bagram Ibatoulline shows himself thoroughly incapable of drawing a simple flute being played correctly. Come on! Get with it!
Christina Baehr
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jaw-droppingly gorgeous, rich, informative, and entertaining. Just find it and buy it. This instantly became one of our family's all time favourite picture books. ...more
Michelle Gray
A beautifully illustrated book with simple rhymes for the alphabet letters and interesting fact boxes throughout.
I recommend this book to all. I learned some interesting facts about Queen Elizabeth. =D

To later remember; every summer she took a holiday known as the royal progress, Thomasina was Elizabeth's dwarf fool or jester for many years, Elizabeth played virginals and the lute. "A design of entwined red and white roses was popular in tributes to the queen." The poem 'The Faerie Queen' was published in 1596 and was written by Sir Edmund Spenser for Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth sometimes stayed at nobles'
This is such an impressive book - the gorgeous illustrations, the rhyming narrative and the short paragraphs of information about Queen Elizabeth I combine for a wonderful introduction to Elizabethan England.

We all learned a lot about the Queen and her preferences, her personality, and the way she interacted with the people. We also learned about the danger she faced, and the treasonous plot woven into the story adds drama and intrigue.

Overall, we found this to be a wonderful story, and I love
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
The illustrations are what make this book. As well as telling a wordless story, they present an array of pictures that illustrates the action and creates the beautiful setting of the English Countryside. The patterns on the dresses and coats are digital added to the paintings. You have to look close at some of them or miss the beautiful details and craftsmanship.

A great educational picture book that is as delightful to read as it is to look at.

A few of my favorite words as follows R- is for Rose
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-the-kids
I love history, so this bit of historical fiction was right up my alley. Seen only as an alphabet book for kids it might not rate as high with me as the letters weren't always easy to pick out and the explanations were quite a bit over younger kids' heads. The illustrations are very detailed and enjoyable as they include fun scenes at which children can look. My oldest, 9, said it was a cool book, and when I can get any actual non-fiction into her I am pleased as she is a fantasy junkie. The inf ...more
So beautiful to look at! Bagram Ibatoulline once again elevates a picture book, the perfect thing for an illustrator to do. I believe that his books are the most lovely currently being published. But this is not to belittle the suthor, as the text would do well as related to Elizabethan England Social Studies. I'm not sure that any of my 4th grade readers would select it from the classroom library and read it on their own, but I think they will read it with an appropriate introduction. I will ad ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended by a patron so I decided we needed to order it. Being an Anglophile I totally enjoyed the history- and the artwork.

This book can be read 3 ways. 1) As just an alphabet book for kindergarten children 2) As a history book for older elementary school kids or both!

The pictures are very intricate and detailed.

It is a little long and a lot of facts so as a children's book, I can't give it a 5 stars. As a Late Middle School Historical Non-Fiction I can give it a higher rating
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medieval
Very informative and enjoyable read full of little tidbits of queen Elizabeth's very expensive vacations as she pats the heads of her subjects. God Bless America! And everyone knows that the only reason the king, queen and their entourage went to other nobles houses for holiday during the summer was because the waste pits had to be cleaned and the stench must have been insufferable. So, while the queen was going to lavish parties, some unfortunate souls did their yearly duty of hauling and clean ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully written non-fiction alphabet picture book about Queen Elizabeth I. Unfortunately, this titles worth maybe over looked as a “little kids” or “babies book” because its information is written in an alphabetical format; this would be a mistake. While this would not be a perfect solitary source of information about Elizabeth I, students who have a base knowledge about her will enjoy and benefit from this read.
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE a gorgeously illustrated book...this one qualifies, without a doubt. Tells stories of the Queen's progresses, or journeys, throughout the English countryside. THIS is the way our kids need to learn history! Well-written stories (and when you can throw in lovely illustrations, all the better). ...more
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is my second choice title for depicting Shakespeare's England. It is actually pretty easy read, with an alphabet format and boxes with additional information, but it is mostly about the countryside, without much about London, where Shakespeare was most of the time. ...more
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Nice celebration of Elizabeth, and an interesting walk with her on countryside travels. Both an illustrated alphabet and a collection of facts about Elizabeth and her times. Artwork provides a lot of historical interest and detailed textile samples but is generally underwhelming.
Lisa Rathbun
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alphabet-books
Beautifully illustrated with lots of detail. A wonderful and unusual as well as historical addition to my ABC book collection.
Sep 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to LauraW by: Manybooks
This is a beautifully illustrated alphabet book about Queen Elizabeth. I am not a huge history buff, but this is actually quite interesting for someone who likes her history in small doses.
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, detailed period illustrations. Beautiful illuminated letters of the alphabet. Fascinating tidbits about Elizabeth and the period. Short, excellent quatrains for each letter of the alphabet.
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is informative and contains wonderful illustrations to tell a bit about Queen Elizabeth and her travels. Excellent.
Interesting look into a part of Queen Elizabeth's life: her progresses. Her progress was a yearly vacation she took around the country, visiting her subjects and enjoying herself. ...more
A great introduction for children to the life and work of Queen Elizabeth I of England. The pictures are very detailed and there is a lot to see on each page. Each letter has a short rhyme and then a longer detailed paragraph about a part of Queen Elizabeth's life. This works to make the book more useful for different ages. Younger children can listen to the rhymes and look at the pictures and then as they age, the informational portions can be added in. This book gives the basics about the Quee ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an alphabet book, and so much more.

The illustrations are simply gorgeous. The alphabet portion, primarily couplet rhymes, is light and simple. But with each there are also full descriptions of the historical meanings and events being described and shown.

I read this to my kids as part of Women's History month.
Rich illustrations really capture the time period. The alphabet format makes the information a little scattered, but it's a solid overview of the times and the Queen. ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
a fun and rhyming look at Elizabethan England and Queen Elizabeth I's annual trip through her kingdom ...more
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is an Alphabet book for older children that focuses on the history of Queen Elizabeth. It is set to show what the queen encounters on a summer holiday by going through the alphabet. Each page has a sentence that goes with the letter and then a historical paragraph about what is going in the picture. The picture are beautiful and ornate they definitely feel like they could have been painting during that time period. Also, there is a page on the history of Elizabeth Tudor in the back of ...more
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Celeste Davidson Mannis, the award winning author of several books for children, is convinced she has the best job in the world. "Writing for children is one of my greatest joys. Children are wonderfully open to new ideas. My goal is to explore aspects of our world - its people, cultures, history, and natural wonders - in a way that fuels their amazing intelligence and curiosity. Knowledge is pow

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