Moi and Marie Antoinette by Lynn Cullen

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Marie Antoinette was one of the most celebrated queens in history…but she was once a little girl, too. As told by her vain but devoted dog, Sebastian, here is the story of the young princess's life--from her childhood in Austria, to the elaborate preparations leading to her marriage to Louis XVI; from her unhappy rise to power in turbulent times, to the birth of her own children. Lynn Cullen's spirited text sheds light on a side of Marie Antoinette few have seen--that of a vulnerable young girl thrust into a role much bigger than she could have imagined. Stunning illustrations by Amy Young capture the grandeur of life in 18th century Versailles and the touching intimacy of a child's lasting love for her pet.

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Lynn Cullen is the author of several picture books and novels. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit Lynn at Amy Young trained as a fine artist at Yale and received an MFA in painting from Indiana University. She then went on to earn a law degree from Harvard and worked as a lawyer for several years. She now devotes herself full time to writing and illustrating, and is the creator of the popular Belinda picture books. Visit Amy at
Published September 19, 2006 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Versailles is not cozy for children or dogs, and visions of the queen’s sumptuous raiment and impossible hairdos contrast with Thérèse in the mirrored halls holding the dog or running in the gardens in parallel to her mother’s childhood days.

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Loosely based on a true story, this picture book chronicles the French queen's journey from an Austrian girlhood to royal motherhood, as narrated by her beloved canine companion. Perhaps in an

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While Moi maintains his presence throughout Antoinette's life, he is mostly left to his own devices, as his mistress becomes too caught up in her responsibilities to pay him much attention.

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Summary: A very slightly fictionalised look at the life of Queen Marie Antoinette which stops mercifully short of her execution.

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