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Good Queen Bess : the story of Elizabeth I of England /

Follows the life of the strong-willed queen who ruled England in the time of Shakespeare and the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Full description

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Other Authors: Vennema, Peter.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Four Winds Press, 1990
Edition: First American edition.
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Follows the life of the strong-willed queen who ruled England in the time of Shakespeare and the defeat of the Spanish Armada.


Review by Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. This biography of Queen Elizabeth I does an excellent job of describing the context of her life so that reasons for many of her actions become clear. The resulting depth is a pleasant surprise and will give the book a wide audience. Stanley's illustrations fill the pages, showing Elizabeth in all of her glory throughout her long life. The text, meanwhile, informs on many aspects of Elizabeth's life: her childhood, how she became queen, what the political climates were that shaped her strategies and decision making, and who the key players were in her life, including the man she would have liked to marry but couldn't. The authors are admiring of Elizabeth, and readers will be too; the account leaves no doubt about why this monarch's name labels an entire era. --Denise Wilms

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The authors of Shaka, King of the Zulus vivify another colorful character as they recount the life and times of Elizabeth I, queen of England from 1558 until her death in 1603. They portray their subject as a wise, strong-willed ruler whose style it was ``to use her wits rather than force'' in dealing with her own councilors as well as the leaders of other countries. Through concise, skillful writing, the queen's involvement in the complex political and religious conflicts of the day becomes engrossing and easily comprehensible. With their attention to period detail--most strikingly the elaborate Elizabethan dress, jewels and palace furnishings--Stanley's paintings transport readers back to an intriguing era. Ages 6-9. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-- That most wise and wily queen of England, Elizabeth I, is the subject of this picture biography. The handsome illustrations, exemplified by the visualization of those small English boats set afire and launched to face the Spanish Armada, are worthy of their subject. Although the format suggests a picture-book audience, this biography needs to be introduced to older readers who have the background to appreciate and understand this woman who dominated and named an age, and of whom the authors write, ``When it came to a clash of wills, the two houses of Parliament and all her councillors were no match for Elizabeth.'' The text is clearly written, explaining the main events and key decisions of Elizabeth's life and reign. For readers wanting more depth, a short bibliography of mostly adult titles ends the book. --Amy Kellman, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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AUTHOR NOTES

Diane Stanley was born in 1943 and was raised in Abilene, Texas. She later attended both Trinity University and Johns Hopkins University.

Her portfolio of children's book illustrations was creative enough for her to begin publication in 1978. She became an art director for G.P. Putnam & Sons and later began retelling and illustrating classic children's books.

Stanley has revamped the fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter and has also researched the children's biographies Cleopatra and Leonardo Da Vinci. She also illustrated her mother's book, The Last Princess.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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