by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Just in time for the coronation, here is a children’s biography of Charles. Kids will learn about the ways in which he is both like and different from them. Interestingly, Charles has had to live with a more clearly defined role than many others who are profiled in the series.
The author gently mentions things that have been difficult for Charles. When he was a child, his parents were often away. He went to a boarding school where he felt quite alone. Also noted is that Charles and Diana had little in common. However, Sanchez Vegara also acknowledges when things got better.
While some of Charles life was laid out for him, kids also learn about things that became important to him on his own. For example, he has had a long standing interest in and commitment to the natural world. Charles’s interest in caring for the planet long preceded current concerns. Charitable contributions are also acknowledged as is his desire to be a good king.
The illustrator does a wonderful job of capturing the look of Charles. He adds greatly to the book’s appeal.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group. All opinions are my own.
Pub date: 04 April 2023