Alison Mitchell (illustrated by Emma Randall) – Queen Elizabeth II: The Queen Who Chose to Serve
The Good Book Company
ISBN 9 781 78498 752 7
This is an attractively written, illustrated, and produced book issued to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which marks the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne. The story is told in a simple and informative way and communicates the keys details of the Queen’s life in an accessible way for children (target audience is 4-7).
I liked the way that the story weaves in some youthful moments in the life of the Queen as a child and as a young woman during the Second World War.
The story also deals well with the dramatic and unforeseen steps that led to Elizabeth becoming Queen at such an early age. This sense of being in a line of destiny paves the way to an exploration of the Queen’s growing Christian faith. This simple but firm faith appears as a consistent feature in her life, most notably when she gives her annual speech to the Commonwealth on Christmas Day.
For most people in the UK, Queen Elizabeth has been one of the great constants in our national life; this is to a large degree because of her personal example of service that follows the example of Jesus. This would be a great book to read with children, give as a gift to a local school or library, or distribute through Sunday School or midweek clubs.
John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex. He is Director of Training at the School of Preachers in Riga, Latvia