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Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine

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by Gloria Whelan (Author), Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)

A Seussian, Victorian,  Whimsical tale

When the summer sun shines bright and hot, everyone longs for a nice cool dip in the sea. So does Queen Victoria!  It’s a hot summer’s day. Queen Victoria is gazing out to sea and the sea looks oh so very cool! Secretly Queen Victoria wishes that she could get rid of her itchy petticoats and tight corsets and go for a nice dip in the deep blue sea.

Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine Wishes

However, her lady-in-waiting almost faints thinking of the prospect of “The Queen” in a bathing suit!! How improper! What a disgrace! How could she possibly get to the water from the beach without showing “more” of herself??

Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine Maid

The queen sighed a sigh. “I’ll give up the notion.

I’ll never be allowed to enter the ocean.

For how can I swim if I wear all my clothes,

My petticoats and dresses, my shoes and my hose?

But luckily, Prince Albert has a solution. He decides to come to her rescue and solve her little problem. So he employs his genius and intellect and devices a plan! A plan to build his beloved queen, a Bathing Machine! 

At first, his experiments don’t work. But soon enough Prince Albert has a perfect plan! Immediately, Albert gets busy. His demands get everyone running around for things. Wood from a tree, stones to be hauled, wheels to be made and oh yes, a mason! Finally Albert’s “Bathing Machine” was ready for his beloved Queen Victoria!

In this charming and silly “almost true-to-life” story, Whelan tells an amusing tale of the royals and their little dilemma. In this freestyle rhyme, Whelan’s story celebrates the affectionate couple and their love for each other. Nancy Carpenter’s pen and water color art adds to the humor and charm of the tale. Clearly our favorite part was the illustration which shows the joyful Queen Victoria shedding her layers of clothes and taking a dive into the ocean!

The Author’s note section gives us a quick history lesson and a nice photograph of the “real” Queen Victoria’s bathing machine which is today on display at the Isle of Wright, England.

English Heritage Prepare Queen Victoria's Private Beach At Osborne House To Open To The Public

Whimsical and creative, a wonderful piece of historical fiction at its best!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


24 comments

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  1. This story looks fabulous! I laughed out loud at the illustration of the servant tying her petticoat. Thank you so much for sharing this book on the hop!

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  2. I love it when history books are funny, my memories of history are very dull. I would have loved to have learnt history with a book like this

    #kidlitbloghop

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    • reshamad

      me too! and this one was such a fun read aloud! Thanks for stopping by Catherine.
      -Reshama

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  3. I LOVE IT!!! I’m a huge fan of rhyming stories ( : and have always been amused by the whole 19th C. bathing machine phenom! (Although Queen V. would probably have been NAKED had she used one!)

    Very original and entertaining!

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  4. I love the pictures. Carpenter’s style reminds me of Fritz Siebel’s Amelia Bedelia illustrations.

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    • reshamad

      The art style definitely adds to humor! Just like Amelia Bedelia ones… Thanks for stopping by Jeff.
      -Reshama

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  5. Stopping by from the blog hop to leave some comment love Miss Reshama :0) This book sounds amazing. I’m going to see if our library has a copy!

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Eileen. I hope you get to give it a read!
      -Reshama

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  6. This looks delightful! Just looking a the cover made me smile, and the story sounds fantastic as well. Thanks for sharing another cool picture book!

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    • reshamad

      You are welcome Katie. One of the books that just I had to share
      -Reshama

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  7. I have seen this one reviewed many times now and it just looks so fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing it with us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

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    • reshamad

      Me too.. thats why i got curious and picked it up Julie. And it really is good
      -Reshama

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  8. Delightful book! Thank you for sharing it with fellow hoppers on the Kid Lit hop-trail!

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  9. Jenny

    How hysterical to think of a bathing machine! What fun. Hopping over of the Kid Lit blog hop.

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  10. What a fantastic idea for a picture book! I didn’t believe it was based on a true scenario until the final photo…love it. Thanks for sharing this on the Kid Lit Blog Hop. I’ve already added the book to my Amazon Wish List

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    • reshamad

      Yes I was surprised to know it was true too Thanks for stopping by!
      -Reshama

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  11. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    You find the most entertaining books Reshama – this one looks hilarious! Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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  12. What a cool story from history! Thanks for sharing with the KLBH

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  13. kimbrap

    I can’t wait to read this one, your review really jumped off the page. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for your involvement in the kid lit blog hop.

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for reading the review and leaving me a comment Kimbra. And please join us again!
      -Reshama

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