Victoria: May Blossom of Britannia, England, 1829 (The Royal Diaries)

by Anna Kirwan | Children's Books |
ISBN: 0439215986 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingk00kaburrawing of San Jose, California USA on 8/8/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by wingk00kaburrawing from San Jose, California USA on Wednesday, August 08, 2007
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Being a princess is not all glittery parties and lavish holidays by the sea. Well, actually, it is, but it''s not all fun. Young Princess Victoria is constantly surrounded by family and advisors, allowing her no privacy and very few opportunities to express herself until she purloins an old ledger book from one of Kensington Palace''s stables. She promptly begins recording her secrets, daily trials, and naughty witticisms (her uncle, King George IV, has big, plump hands, "the size of a plucked quail.") in this very incongruous journal. The biggest secret of all, however, is one that is kept from our heroine. It is not until well into her two-year-long diary that Victoria pieces together her family tree to discover that she is next in line to the throne. This intriguing installment of the Royal Diaries series will inspire many readers to delve deeper into Queen Victoria''s life as the longest reigning queen of England. Author Anna Kirwan''s fictionalized account is entertaining and enlightening, packed with facts about royal customs in the early 19th century. Historical notes, a family tree, and photos provide more factual information for the curious reader. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

Journal Entry 2 by wingk00kaburrawing from San Jose, California USA on Monday, April 14, 2008
At first this Victoria doesn't sound quite right. When the diary begins she is nine, but talks like a much older girl. As the diary progresses, her childishness becomes more apparent (asking leaders of the Church of England for permission to see an exhibit of snakes at the zoo) but at the same time, her awareness of her household's inconsistencies grows. Why does her mother, a duchess, follow the demands of Captain Conroy, a commoner? Why does everyone act as though Victoria will almost definitely inherit the throne when her father's many older brothers stand before her in line?

Very plausible diary for the girl who became Victoria.

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