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The Adventures of Alice Laselles: A Children's Story written by Queen Victoria Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Jun 2015
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The giddy pace is part of the charm, offering a fascinating glimpse into Queen Victoria's ten-year-old mind. --Emily Bearn, Mail On Sunday
Such is the surpassing delicacy of its illustration and the prettiness of its binding - not to mention the ambitious elegance of its prose - that it is likely to interest even those readers who know little of Victoria or her era. --Meghan Cox Gordon, Wall Street Journal
Revealing the vivid imagination of a little girl who dreamed about life beyond the palace walls. --Anita Singh, The Daily Telegraph
About the Author
Queen Victoria (1819-1901) grew up at Kensington Palace as an only child. She studied with private tutors and spent her play-hours with her dolls and her governess. Not only a keen writer, Victoria was also an enthusiastic artist, and created this story as an exercise in English ‘Composition’.
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The Reader is immediately taken with the story – and particularly that of the characters as they are described in such grand detail and so competently by a such a young child! It seems to me that Queen Victoria was clearly a deep-thinking child, and that little escaped her notice which probably contributed to her happiness in her marriage and the intense love and adulation she had for her husband in her later years. She clearly understands sentiment (which many fortunate people in life do not) hence why she would spend the rest of her life in mourning after losing her husband – and probably expected the same from her subjects.
The quality of the Book is truly outstanding. I felt with irony it a great pity though it could not have been manufactured in Britain – not quite sure what Queen Victoria would have made of that...!? The book may seem expensive – but it is not, and there has been no stint on quality. It’s a book to be treasured - I will certainly treasure mine, and will often pick it up to read, because though the plot is simple, for some reason it has great meaning and depth if you look for it, and very striking and demands sympathy on many levels. The story exudes kindness from a girl born in to the most privileged of circumstances compared to some of the characters in her story, and who clearly realised her blessings, and recognised that all were not so fortunate. This tells of a most unique and understanding child indeed!
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