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Summary: This interactive book / kit offers an illustrated time line and resources list to complement an overview of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. What sets it apart from similar biographies for young readers are the 21 hands-on activities that are sprinkled throughout the text. For example, actively engaging readers in the period by having them make a family coat of arms, create court costumes, or play a game of Nine Men´┐½s Morris. This is an interactive biography for upper elementary kids that makes history come alive.
Type of Reading: independent reading, interactive reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 and up; read yourself: 12 and up
Interest Level: 9 and up
Age of Child: Read by a 10-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My reader thought the book was interesting but didn´┐½t want to do any of the activities since it was ´┐½summer vacation´┐½ time!
Adult Reader Reaction: I thought the book was excellent. The timeline is well illustrated; the activities help kids better understand life in a different era, and the book offers an excellent overview and resources.
Pros: This is a nice way to engage kids in the biography genre. It is perfect for classroom or homeschooling use.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is an excellent, comprehensive product.
Educational Themes: The book is all about Elizabethan England, and gives kids an opportunity to explore different aspects of life. You can contrast / compare life then and now, but you might also look at activities (like games) and see if there are things they recognize in games they play (or have heard about) even today.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - biography, history, British history, cultures and tradition, middle grade series, interactive learning
Date(s) Reviewed: June 2011
Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews or reader feedback found at the time of this review.