Who Was Princess Diana? – Ellen Labrecque, illustrated by Jerry House


Who Was Princess Diana? – Ellen Labrecque, illustrated by Jerry House, Grosset & Dunlap,  (9780448488554), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

What did you like about the book?  This new title in the Who Was series recounts the short but influential life of Princess Diana.  The book covers her childhood, her marriage to King Charles, motherhood, her influence of the modern royal family and her tragic death.  Plentiful line drawings based on famous photos fill the pages.  The book also includes side notes on such related topics as “The Royal Residences,” Diana’s Wedding Dress,” “The Order of Succession,” and “AIDS.”  A timeline of Diana’s life and the world plus a bibliography are included.  A good choice for a report or for children interested in the royal family.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This would be a good source for a biography report. Readers interested in the royal family will enjoy this look at the mother and grandmother of the future kings of England.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Biography

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  4/28/17             

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