Good Queen Bess: The Story of Elizabeth I of England

Good Queen Bess: The Story of Elizabeth I of England

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060296186
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2001
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.84(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 7 Years

About the Author

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 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. Well known as the author and illustrator of award-winning picture-book biographies, she is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.

Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales: The Giant and the Beanstalk, Goldie and the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. dianestanleybooks.com.


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 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. Well known as the author and illustrator of award-winning picture-book biographies, she is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.

Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales: The Giant and the Beanstalk, Goldie and the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. dianestanleybooks.com.

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Good Queen Bess the Story of Elizabeth I of England 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
kthomp25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good overview of the reign of Elizabeth I and her life. Also covers the political and religious factions in a consise manner. The many illustrations show the fashion and lifestyles of the times. Good overview of the relationship and tensions between Scotland and England and the cousins Elizabeth and Mary.Not overly exciting but a good way to put all the pieces together.
medebrielle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good Queen Bess: The Story Of Elizabeth I Of England by Diane Stanley is a great book. This book told the story of Queen Elizabeth, daughter of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII. It tells a shorter, childproof story of her life as Queen. She was such a good Queen and her people loved her very much. They even named the era that she ruled during the Elizabethan Era. Since King Henry VIII did not have any sons, Elizabeth was next in line to rule, after Mary, her older half-sister. This book would be excellent to read or use as a resource during a history lesson. This website has a lesson plan about Queen Elizabeth.
elizabethholloway on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an informative and engaging biography about Elizabeth I. In 40 pages it manages to capture the highlights in Elizabeth's life and career as well as clearly describing the political and religious environment of the time. It describes Henry III's multiple marriages and where Elizabeth fell in succession order. it describes the conflict between the Catholic and protestant churches. It describes the pressure Elizabeth was under to marry. It also portrays Elizabeth as wise and politically astute. The narrative voice is informative and does not seem to embellish. The illustrations are engaging and enhance the text. There is a bibliography to document the sources used. My only criticism of the text is that it paints Elizabeth without any flaws. She does not want to pass anti-Catholic laws; she does not want to execute Mary Queen of Scots; she is forced into these decisions because of attempted rebellions. Did she do nothing wrong during her reign? Nevertheless, i would highly recommend this book to grades 4 to6.
DarlenesBookNook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book aloud to my daughters.Another great biography by Stanley! We are really enjoying her books, which are richly illustrated. The historical information is just enough and not too overwhelming for young readers.This would be a great addition to your history books!
momma2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another good biography from Diane Stanley. It wasn't as in depth or fascinating as her biography of Joan of Arc but Queen Elizabeth had a much longer life to chronicle. Stanley does not leave out any of the facts as some stories about Elizabeth for children do, she very simply explains some of the more complex relationships in the Queen's life. Highly informative and well done.