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Good Queen Bess : The Story of Elizabeth I of England [Hardcover]

By Diane Stanley (Author), Diane Stanley (Illustrator) & Peter Vennema (Author)
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Profiles the remarkable woman who ascended the English throne at the age of twenty-five and steered the country through turbulent times and into an age of prosperity and peace. Reissue.

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She was a queen whose strong will, shrewd diplomacy, religious tolerance and great love for her subjects won the hearts of her people and the admiration of her enemies.

Elizabeth was born into an age of religious strife, in which plots and factions were everywhere and private beliefs could be punished by death. When she became queen, her counselors urged her to marry quickly and turn the responsibilities of governing over to her husband, But she outwitted them by stalling, changing her mind; and playing one side against another, as she steered her country to the glorious era of peace and security that would be called the Elizabethan Age.

Elizabeth's forceful personality, colorful court, and devoted subjects come vividly to life in this stellar picture-book biography. When it was first published, Good Queen Bess was named a Notable Book in the Field of Social Studies, an American Library Association Notable Book, a Booklist Editors' Choice, an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and an IRA Teachers' Choice.

In this welcome reissue, celebrated author and illustrator Diane Stanley and her husband, Peter Vennema, paint an impressive portrait of the remarkable queen who loved her people so dearly and ruled them so well.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Good Queen Bess : The Story of Elizabeth I of England by Diane Stanley & Peter Vennema has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 401
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 496
  • Publishers Weekly - 09/03/2001
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 560
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 747
  • Ingram Children's Advance - 07/01/2001 page 29
  • PW Notes and Reprints - 09/03/2001 page 90
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2001 page 186
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2002 page 50
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2002 page 43
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2002 page 186

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.28" Width: 8.79" Height: 0.44"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 7, 2001
Publisher   HarperCollins
Age  7-11
ISBN  0688179614  
ISBN13  9780688179618  
UPC  046594016997  

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More About Diane Stanley & Peter Vennema

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, including The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Book Links Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Cup and the Crown; Saving Sky, winner of the Arab American Museum's Arab American Book Award and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year; Bella at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy; The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine; and A Time Apart.

Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Diane Stanley currently resides in Houston, in the state of Texas.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Good Queen Bess : The Story of Elizabeth I of England?

Good Book for a Young Reader  Jan 2, 2008
This is exactly the type of book I was looking for for my granddaughter. She is only 6 but is an advanced reader and very interested in history (thanks to me). It is beautifully illustrated and historically accurate (I fancy myself an expert on Elizabeth I). I didn't want an "adult" book on Queen Elizabeth I, I wanted something a young reader will enjoy that wasn't too childish, but portray real historical information. This book goes from when Elizabeth was young until she died.
Guess I'm a Diane Stanley fan now  Apr 22, 2007
This is our second Diane Stanley book. As in the Cleopatra biography, excellent writing and elegant rich illustrations bring out the drama and emotion of history. I'll be buying all the rest of this author's works.

I read this to a 7 year old. Probably the target age group is more like 8-11.
Good Queen Bess  Jan 19, 2007
It is NOT highlighted that this is a CHILDRENS book. We purchased with expectation of a substantial historical work and have now lost $13 for nothing.
Great overview for young people of Queen Elizabeth's life  Apr 11, 2004
Diane Stanley's biography of Queen Elizabeth I of England follows the great Queen's life from her father's divorce of Catherine of Aragon, to Elizabeth's death in 1603. Without bogging down in the details of Elizabeth's seventy years, Stanley has created a broad look at the important events in the Queen's life.

Stanley's artwork accurately shows the clothing and styles of the time. Anyone familiar with the portraits of the various members of the royal family will easily recognize them in Stanley's illustrations.

Stanley does an excellent job of taking two very complicated but highly significant subjects, the formation of the Church of England and why Henry VIII desperately wanted a son, and explaining them in a simple enough manner that someone with little or no historical background can understand them. Children will be able to read this biography without becoming lost in the multitude of people in Elizabeth's life, or confused about the meaning of the important events.

Beautiful, historical and perfect for kids  Feb 5, 2003
Like all the Diane Stanley books that we have my children and I loved this one. The illustrations are colorful and very fitting for the time. I have always been interested in history and have searched for books that my girls can relate to. The story of Queen Elizabeth is something all children should be familiar with. I think Ms. Stanley has a wonderful way of making history interesting for young readers.

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