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The Queen’s Wardrobe: The Story of Queen Elizabeth II and Her Clothes by Julia Golding and Kate Hindley
Even though she’s our world-famous Queen, the monarch isn’t always clothed in majesty!
Get up close and personal with the Queen’s surprisingly diverse wardrobe of clothes in a fabulously fun and fascinating picture book from Julia Golding, an award-winning author and former writer-in-residence at the Royal Institution, and star illustrator Kate Hindley.
The remarkable story of the life of Queen Elizabeth II – told through her clothes and jewellery – is both a glorious and stylish celebration of the Queen’s 95th birthday on April 21 and a gorgeous gift to treasure.
With a foreword by Michele Clapton, costume designer for series one of Netflix’s The Crown, this big, beautiful book offers curious youngsters a peek behind the scenes at an imaginative re-creation of some of the Queen’s most famous outfits.
The Queen’s Wardrobe brings to life the story of a young princess who grew into one of the world’s most famous royals, revealing details about the making of her ration-book wedding dress, splendid gowns, trusty headscarves and wellies, the Crown Jewels, the gift of a traditional Maori feather cloak, and even jumping out of a helicopter with James Bond.
Did you know the Queen’s crown weighs as much as a bag of potatoes or that she has her own tartan nobody else is allowed to wear? And did you know that on a visit to Germany in 1965, she wore a hat that became known as the ‘yellow spaghetti hat,’ and that during the war, the Queen trained as a driver and mechanic and dressed in overalls to fix trucks?
Packed with astounding facts about our record-breaking Queen – all revealed in an engaging and accessible way for young readers – Clapton’s insight into the work and creativity behind some of the monarch’s most famous outfits, and Hindley’s richly detailed, humorous and colourful artwork, this is a right royal treat for readers of every age.
(Two Hoots, hardback, hardback, £14.99)
The Gruffalo and Friends Outdoor Activity Book by Julia Donaldson, Little Wild Things and Axel Scheffler
Spring is here so grab your wellies, head off into the great outdoors and join a Gruffalo hunt!
There can be no better place for children than playing and learning outside and here is the perfect activity book to lure youngsters away from screens and inspire them to find fun and creativity in the natural world.
Based on the much-loved picture books of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler – including The Gruffalo, Monkey Puzzle, Room on the Broom and Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book – and created by nature play specialists Little Wild Things, The Gruffalo and Friends Outdoor Activity Book is packed full of fun outdoor activities and ideas for things to make, do and play outside.
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Little Wild Things is a Community Interest Company whose mission is to emphasise the importance of children putting away technology and spending time with family exploring the great outdoors.