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Queen Victoria's Underpants - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt www.femlitica.com jennifermuirhead.wordpress.com/
Published September 21st 2013


This cute picture book is educational as well as fun. It's about a little girl who is proud of her mother's contribution to posterity- making underpants for Queen Victoria!

The seamstress frets about what kind of underpants to make and what sort of fabric to use. Her family have all sorts of helpful suggestions, such as tartan fabric and including a secret pocket to contain bones for the Queen's dogs and bows and arrows for shooting at assassins. Finally they settle on plain good quality white linen, embroidered with the Queen's cypher and a number.

You probably know that Queen Victoria was the monarch of England and Ireland and Empress of India but you may be unaware of her contribution to women's lib. At the start of her reign in 1837 not many women wore underpants, which kept well brought up young ladies from taking part in activities such as riding, dancing and archery. The young queen loved these things and had a set of underpants made so she could enjoy whatever leisure activities she liked without revealing anything untoward. She popularised their use, which gave other young women a lot more freedom too.

It's always nice to find a book with an angle to it that makes history interesting for kids along the lines of the Horrible Histories series. Queen Victoria's Underpants is pitched at younger children. My four year old enjoyed the illustrations and seemed to find the mere mention of the word "underpants" hilarious.

If you like this one you may enjoy Diary of a Wombat by the same author.

Rated: 8/10
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Why? It's both fun and educational
Where: Your local library or book shop
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