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Victoria: May Blossom of Britannia (The Royal Diaries) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2001

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439215986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439215985
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 869,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Victoria: May Blossom of Britannia, England, 1829 (the Royal Diaries)


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Format: Hardcover
This book was definately the hardest, for me, to read. The names all get jumbled up and the sentences are very wierdly put together. The story, however is really good. After I read it, I sat down for a long time and thought about how she must feel as she copied out the blood line from the crown and realise how close she was to becoming Queen. Her dislike for O'Hum, or Captain Conroy, fuels her desires in ridding her mother and herelf for male dominance. She sees things in a very immature way and thinks everything is one thing or the other. Towards the end, she matures and her writing becomes more dignified. Her love for her mother is very pleasing and it is this love which makes her one of the best Queens. This book is very good, but the use of words and sentence construction take some getting use to. I believe that everyone who likes a good book should read this.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling New Royal Diary! 20 Oct. 2001
By hiphopgirl_1000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ten-year-old Victoria might be the princess of England but her life is horrible. Being the princess deprives her of all her privacy except for the secret diary which is her only refuge. Her personal thougts can only be a secret there. In her precious diary she describes the fact that her father the former King of England who died when she was just a baby, and the sad fact that she has not a single memory of him, and the fact that for this reason her mother treats her like a baby and won't allow her to have a regular life fearful she would get sick. She also describes her life with the tiresome parties, lessons, and going to the palace by the sea. However she also has bigger things to worry about such as her mother's personal advisor who she feels is up to no good and distrustful while handling the fact the her uncle, now the King of England's health is deterioting. Young Victoria pours her feeling out in this book on her hopes, aspiration, and the duty of being princess that weighs down on her. In this book about the longest ruling queen of England you will truly see the feelings of a young girl who is truly helpless about the world around her but still carries hope. In many ways you can relate some of her life to ours today. I love this new Royal Diaries book and I think this debut title by Anne Kirwan couldn't have been better!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut for Kirwan 24 Dec. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read this book about two years ago and since then I am not ashamed to admit that I have re-read it and looked through it continuously over the years. (...) It's not the best of the series but it is VERY well written and very throroughly researched and an interesting read. I literally felt like I was reading right from Victoria's journals. I can only imagine how much research went into this book! There are so many facts and so many characters and so many feelings that you go through throughout this stunning and beautiful book. I love the Royal Diaries: have them all, have websites, get them all as soon as they get out, contact authors frequently for updates, etc. I'm not just saying this because I love the series, I really did enjoy this book very much. I do recommend it, because unlike other books, it's not the author's fault that Victoria may not have had as an exciting of a childhood as say Eleanor or Elizabeth did. I personally think that Victoria's childhood is the most like kids' today. I mean, when's the last time you went hunting on a safari w/ Nzingha or was married off at 13 to a boy you never met. (...) Give this book a try. You may like it, you may not. But I think the author's gift for writing and eloquent speech makes up for the somewhat ordinary but traumatic childhood of Victoria.
There were a few glitches I'd like to share, but I think these are the publisher's fault.
On the family tree in the appendices, were it gives the number of George III's children in a small side-box, 'George' is spelled 'Georgre'. Also, there is a character in the tree called 'George of Cumberaland, King of Hanover'. 'Cumberaland' should be 'Cumberland'. And Mary Adelaide (she's in the upper right of the tree) had the dates 1883-1897. She was born much earlier than that. Her brother right next to her has the birth year of 1819. Over a 60-year difference. (...)
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new Royal Diaries book about Victoria's childhood. 17 Oct. 2001
By Rebecca Herman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ten-year-old Victoria is a princess, but her life is anything but easy. Her father died when she was less than a year old, and she has no memories of him. Being a princess means having no privacy, which is why she decides to write her personal thoughts and feelings down in a secret diary. She describes her life at Kensington Palace, attending parties, going on summer holidays by the sea, her tiresome lessons, her dislike and distrust of her mother's financial advisor, her worries over the deteriorating health of her uncle, who is the King, and more. In this book, the young Victoria, between ages ten and twelve, comes alive as a very real girl with feelings, hopes, and dreams. I highly reccomend this newest book from the Royal Diaries series.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book 23 Jun. 2002
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I own this book. I really like it. It's about a young girl who is in the Royal English family. Her life is taken over by Sir Conroy, who is determined to make her a perfect little girl. Victoria can't stand Sir Conroy, and wishes he were sent away. One day, she realizes that after King George IV and Uncle William die, she will be Queen. Then things start to get serious as Victoria is tested by many people, to see how smart she is. Her mother's governess De Spaeth is sent away, and Victoria wonders if anyone else will go, too including her governess Lehzen. It was a very good book, with only a little details missing which is pretty rare for me! You should read this book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victoria, before her era. Great addition to the series! 15 Dec. 2001
By Athena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In 1829, a ten-year-old Victoria finds little privacy and must always find ways to hide her new secret journal. The journal, originally a leger from the stables, recounts Victoria's days as a Princess of pre-victorian era. She speaks of her mother's controlling financial officer and the all the -almost silly - royal customs. We find a very real and believable young girl in Victoria through this diary. Even at such a young age, you can see the passion and wit the modern British Queen was famous for.
This diary is set when Victoria is 10-12, most likely for the reason that Victoria had a real diary from 13 and on. Anna Kirwain's debut Royal Diary is englightening, history packed, informative and brimming of future potential. IMHO, I think this diary also has the best cover out of the diaries so far. A wonderful book to add to this series!
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