Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Catherine Reef
Publisher: Clarion Books
Victoria: Portrait of a Queen is an engaging, concise history of Queen Victoria’s remarkable life and her many years on the throne of England. Victoria’s hard-earned growth as a monarch along with her joys, sorrows, and personality quirks are well illustrated in each chapter. The writing is punctuated by vivid portrait paintings, photos, and curious illustrations. Political issues and wars are viewed more distantly. Instead of highly detailed accounts on war, the book highlights how Victoria felt and how she managed political issues.
Catherine Reef is an award winning historic nonfiction author who received her degree in English from Washington State University. She has written more than 35 historic nonfiction books for young people. Victoria: Portrait of a Queen is well researched and includes an extensive index and a photo reference page. The featured photos and illustrations bring life to the facts and narratives laid out in the book. The style of writing is very clear and never draws attention to itself. This book will definitely delight young people interested in royalty and the history of England.