Who Was Queen Elizabeth? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Who Was...? (PB))

by June Eding

Other authorsNancy Harrison (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2008



Call number

921 ELI

Call number

921 ELI

Local notes

921 ELI



Turtleback (2008), Edition: Reprint, 112 pages


Presents the life of Queen Elizabeth I, from her birth to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1533 and her imprisonment by her half-sister, to her reign as queen, which brought peace, stability, and prosperity to sixteenth-century England.


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Physical description

112 p.; 7.6 inches


0606353534 / 9780606353533



User reviews

LibraryThing member Chiree
“Who Was Queen Elizabeth?” is a complete biography about the first Queen Elizabeth who reigned in England during the sixteenth century. Elizabeth was the daughter of King Henry the Eighth and Anne Boleyn. Born on September 7, 1533, and expected to be a male heir to the throne, Elizabeth’s mother was beheaded on trumped up charges and Elizabeth was sent away to live in another palace but not as “princess”. She fortunately had a loving governess and dedicated teachers who helped her become “one of the most educated women in her time.” Eventually at the age of 25, Elizabeth did become Queen of England. Elizabeth ruled England for 45 years. During her reign she signed the warrant for the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, led the English Navy in battle to defeat the Spanish Armada, met and admired William Shakespeare, loved two men, survived attempts on her life and the plague epidemic. Elizabeth grew up with no mother or father to become one of the most important people in English history.

I thought this book was very interesting. Written in the third person, the biography is about the life of one of the most loved and successful rulers of England. The cover of the book is what appears to almost be a cartoon character of a red headed woman with a very large crowned head on a small body. Inside the book, the achromatic illustrations support the text with painterly media (pen and ink) styled sketches of the characters, their clothing, and the magnificent palaces. The author inserts annotations through out the book to provide greater details about specific locations, people, or events mentioned in the text. The author includes at the end of the book a timeline of Queen Elizabeth’s life and of the world events. A bibliography and website are also listed as the author’s source of information for the book.

In the classroom the book can be used as an extension of a lesson on how children were reared in past centuries compared to modern day children. Students could be asked to draw a timeline of their day and compare it with what a child, who was expected to act as an adult, would have had to do in the sixteenth century. They could list the subjects they are taught in school and compare with the subjects Queen Elizabeth was taught as a child. The book could be used to support a lesson on famous women in history. Students could be asked to pick a country and discover who the famous women were in that country’s history.
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LibraryThing member SadieReads
Queen Elizabeth I is one of my favorite women in history. This "Who Was..." biography of her is well-written for children in middle to upper elementary grades. The print is large and most pages contain some kind of illustration related to the text. While not a fictionalized biography, it does feel as if the author is telling the reader the tale of Elizabeth's life. The biography takes the reader through her life from start to finish. It glosses over some of the touchier aspects of Elizabeth's life, such has her mother's beheading. It is said merely that Henry VIII accused Anne Boleyn "of a crime she did not commit", rather than give the more controversial details. Queen Elizabeth I is portrayed as a strong, though flawed character. Her courage and devotion to her country related, but so are her fears, uncertainties, and harshness. The representation feels fairly balanced and straightforward.
One thing that impressed me about this biography was the added pages of information related to people, places, and events that effected Elizabeth's life. There are separate descriptions of the Tower of London, the queen's progress, the Privy Council, the Reformation, the plague, Sir Frances Drake, the New World, the queen's wardrobe, William Shakespeare, and London. Also, the last chapter compares and contrasts Elizabeth I with Elizabeth II and shows how the monarchy in England has changed. A bibliography of sources is included, as are timelines if Elizabeth's life and the world during the time of her life. Appropriate for grade 2-6.
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LibraryThing member LadyoftheLodge
Much better writing than others in this series. Easy to read. I liked the inclusion of info on the current Queen Elizabeth and royals.
LibraryThing member nsnide1
I like that the author starts the book with a quick glimpse at the Queen's greatest accomplishment in order to capture the readers attention. For me, knowing that she was willing to die with her soldiers to defend her country made me want to know what other great things she did. The second reason that I like this book is because the author weaves in other important historical facts outside of the Queen's life. For example, the author includes information on the Black Plague, fashion during this time, and when Martin Luther nailed a list of complaints to the church door. The big idea behind this book is to tell about the life of Queen Elizabeth from England.… (more)




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