Also by this author: Jesus and the Lions' Den: A True Story about How Daniel Points Us to Jesus, The Storm That Stopped, The One O'Clock Miracle, The Christmas Promise, All about Christmas: Over 100 Amazing Facts behind the Christmas Story
Series: Do Great Things for God #6
Published by Good Book Company on May 31, 2022
Genres: Children's, Children's Educational
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Princess Elizabeth never expected to be Queen. But when she was ten, her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated and everything changed… Her father took over as King, but after 15 years on the throne, he died. So when she was just 25 years old, Elizabeth was crowned Queen and has become the longest-serving monarch in British history.
This inspiring children’s biography of Queen Elizabeth II chronicles key moments in her life. It also highlights her Christian faith, in particular what she has said in her Christmas Day speeches.
This book came out in May 2022, months before the Queen’s death, and it is one of two picture book biographies that I have read about her recently. They both cover similar content, but this one specifically addresses her Christian faith. The beginning of the book addresses Queen Elizabeth II’s childhood, love of animals, experiences during World War II, and unexpected rise to the throne. The remainder honors her many years of faithful service, her charitable endeavors, and her devout faith. The book includes quotes from some of her Christmas broadcasts, including her statement that her faith was “an anchor” to her.
Queen Elizabeth II: The Queen Who Chose To Serve is very nice quality overall. The text from Alison Mitchell is simple and engaging, and she covers many different elements of Queen Elizabeth’s life and service in an orderly, well-paced manner. The illustrations from Emma Randall are charming, colorful, and filled with personality. It is also bound well, to withstand many repeated readings.
I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in children’s books about the Queen’s life and legacy. Although some previous installments in the Do Great Things for God series will only be of interest to Christians, focusing on people who are primarily known for their faith and missions work, this book will appeal to a much broader number of people. I would recommend this to both Christians and general audiences.