Monday, April 26, 2021

GET UP, ELIZABETH!: Even a Queen Must Get Out of Bed by Shirin Yim Bridges. Illus. by Alea Marley. Petaluma, CA: Cameron Books, 2020. 32p. ISBN 978-194490394-7 hc. $16.95    Gr. K-2   E PIC

A mass of curls on a fluffy pillow greets readers, as rays of sun beam through the window. It's time for Elizabeth to get up, put on her stockings, wash her face and brush her teeth in most unusual ways, add a stiff petticoat, and sew on a collar.  Now she's ready to make an appearance at the royal court, because she's really Queen Elizabeth of England, as a child. Getting dressed in fashionable clothing of the 1500s was quite a chore, as explained at the end of the book.  Marley's boldly colored illustrations charmingly document the process.  Another notable book about period dress is SARAH MORTON'S DAY: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl by Kate Waters (1989).
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI 

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