Elizabeth II's Reign examines the recent history of Britain. Exploring the Britain the Queen was born into and took over when her reign began, the Commonwealth, changing social times / family, fashion, technology and work the book builds up a picture of how life in Britain has changed.
The book is bought alive with humourous cartoon and by memories in the form of quotes from people who remember the events and changes from the past 60 years. It is illustrated with pictures of the Queen and the Royal family and historical photos of life in Britain.
With panels of facts about the Queen and the Royal Family, this is a great read for children and young adults in the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Sixty years on the throne
The end of the War (Rationing; marriages and births; a crumbling Empire; united for peace)
A new Queen (King for a year; the Queen's father; coronation day; open to the public; good times...and bad)
Family life (getting married; seen not heard; school days; pass or fail; all together; women's rights; all sorts of families; somewhere to live; instant houses; building blocks)
Healthier and wealthier (paying the price; health for free; changing jobs; haves and have nots; the poverty line; going places; travelling by train; on the roads; it's good to talk; talking and walking, using computers)
The way we live (a changing population; favourite food; super shops; well dressed; minis, bell-bottoms and safety pins; at the movies; what's on the box; from ballroom to the Beatles; festival time; by the seaside; packaged up)
Timeline; further information
Jacqui Bailey has spent a lot of her adult life working with children's books. She has been an editor and publisher of everything from picture books to encyclopedias, but mostly enjoys finding out amazing bits of information and then writing about them.
She particularly likes writing about science, as the information so often turns out to be far stranger than fiction.