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This week’s children’s book review is all about Great Elizabethans: HM Queen Elizabeth II and 25 Amazing Britons from Her Reign. It was published by Nosy Crow and it can be purchased on Amazon.
Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the incredible history of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign, told through the enthralling life stories of 25 amazing people who have called Britain home.
The reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II has been long and eventful. Over the past 70 years, Great Britain has seen incredible changes in the ways we live, think and feel, shaped by the inspiring people who were born in Britain or arrived on its shores.
As we approach the Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, learn about the Queen’s life and 25 other amazing history-makers – from modern pioneers, leaders and scientists to writers, athletes and activists – in this beautifully illustrated special edition paperback. Each page spread is devoted to a tale of an incredible Briton, told by talented writer and children’s book critic Imogen Russell Williams and brought to life by Sara Mulvanny’s vivid colour illustration. The book also features a gloriously illustrated timeline, showing key events from Queen Elizabeth’s long reign.
Discover the life-changing events of the last 70 years, from the foundation of the NHS by Aneurin Bevan to the creation of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine by Sarah Gilbert. Learn about how amazing activists like Paul Stephenson and Malala Yousafzai fought hard for equal rights for all, and scientists like Stephen Hawking and Tim Berners-Lee made incredible advances that allowed us to know more about the universe, or communicate in a whole new way via the Internet. The diverse tales include key figures from all areas of British life – science, medicine, entertainment, sports, activism and more.
Featuring the inspirational lives and achievements of amazing people such as Alan Turing, Malorie Blackman, Stormzy and Tanni Grey-Thompson, Great Elizabethans is not only a glorious celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, but also the citizens who have contributed to such an incredible 70 years.
This year, with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to help our children learn more about our country and the people who have done amazing things. In this book, you can learn about 25 people who have come from Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. There’s a great contents page at the front of the book where you can find out who there is to learn about.
One of my personal favourite parts of the book is the timeline. This is a great way for children to think about when Queen Elizabeth was born and the things that happened between then, her being crowned and then right up to recent times (2020). These bits of information are only snippets really but it’s nice to be able to read a small bit of text for each important event.
The main part of the book covers 25 different Britons and they are so varied! In this book, it’s not all people from history but instead a great mix of people from Stephen Hawkin to Stormzy to Bobby Charlton. There’s really something for everyone here and of course, you don’t need to read about everyone if you don’t want to.
With the pages being split between paragraphs of text, both highlighted in colour and against a white background, it’s easy to read different bits of information. I really like how the text is broken up to make it less overwhelming for children and so they can read bits at a time if they want to as well. To accompany the text, there are some fantastic illustrations which really help to break up the pages and help children really understand what that person was all about.
A great book for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations but one that is also great to read at any time!
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