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This is a great book to celebrate any patriotic holiday or for any elementary school. Selected lines from the national anthem get some beautiful illustrations in this reissue of a classic picture book. The endpapers includes a timeline of the flag (and various other flags) throughout the years. Lots of great additional information can be found at the end of the book.
Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine
Written by Gloria Whelan
Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Publisher/Number of pages: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; 40 pages
Published May 6th 2014
Illustration style: Pen and watercolor rendered digitally
Category/Age Range: Nonfiction Picture Book; Ages 4-8
Goodreads Summary: Prince Albert comes up with a royally creative solution to Queen Victoria’s modesty concerns in this true story that reveals an overlooked splash of history.
Poor Queen Victoria! She loves to swim, but can’t quite figure out how to get to the water without her devoted subjects glimpsing her swimming suit. (Because, of course, such a sight would compromise her regal dignity.) Fortunately for the water-loving monarch, it’s Prince Albert to the rescue with an invention fit for a queen!
This quirky tale about the longest reigning monarch in British history is as fun as it is authentic, and the book includes a picture of the actual bathing machine Prince Albert created.
Review: Fans of historical nonfiction picture books with focus on royalty will enjoy this fascinating account of what a husband comes up with to make his wife’s dream to go swimming come true. Readers will enjoy thinking about how behaviors have changed throughout the years in regards to what’s considered proper swimming attire! An author’s note gives more background information about Queen Victoria. I found the rhyming text to be sort of clunky but the illustrations are so playful!
(Click on image to go directly to publisher’s page for official summary.)
This is a writer/illustrator duo I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for. They always tend to find interesting subjects and the illustrations are very distinctive and appealing. An author’s note and a great classroom guide can be found at the end. The book is appropriately peppered with quotes to inspire. My favorite was: Make yourself necessary to somebody. (The illustrations were done digitally.)