By Eva March Tappan
Tale of the lifetime of Queen Victoria, a well-beloved lady who turned queen at eighteen and for almost sixty four years wore the crown of significant Britain. Relates her education for the monarchy and the exemplary manner she finished her tasks, whereas dealing with a loved ones of 9 youngsters. appropriate for a long time eleven and up.
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Do not tease your little puss with learning," was her reply. "She is so young still. " This Albert was one of the Princess' German cousins, only a few weeks younger than she; and the great delight of the Coburg grandmother was to compare the growth and attainments of the two children and note all their amusing little speeches. The Duchess, however, did not follow the advice of her mother, but more than a month before her little daughter was four years old she decided to engage a tutor for her.
She told them what masters had been chosen for her and in what branch each one had instructed her. She enclosed a list of the books the Princess had read, a record of every lesson she had taken, and the schedule of her study hours. She said that she herself had been present at almost every lesson, and that Miss Lehzen, whose special task it was to assist the little girl in preparing her work for the different masters, was always in attendance. With this letter went a report from each instructor, stating not only what books she had used but what his opinion was of her progress and ability.
Then, indeed, there was work. Miss Lehzen, governess of the Princess Féodore, taught the child as usual; a writing-master made his appearance, who taught her the clear, refined, and dignified hand that never changed; a teacher of singing was engaged; another teacher instructed her in dancing; a Royal Academician taught her drawing; German and French were also studied. Mr. Davys' special work was to teach her history and English, and the number of books that she read with him is somewhat startling.
In the Days of Queen Victoria by Eva March Tappan