Prince William grew up before people's very eyes. His first official photograph happened when he was only days old. Cameras followed him as he grew up: portraits with his family, snapshots at Disney World, ski trips in the mountains. The world saw a grieving son at his mother's funeral and a college student at St. Andrews'. That's where he met Kate Middleton, the woman who one day would become his bride. Revisit all of these moments along with information about Kate's life, capped by photos and information about their engagement and royal wedding.
Many books have been and will be written about William and Kate, and this is a solid choice for younger readers. There's lots of information presented in a straightforward way. In a way I like having something published so soon after the wedding; it might lack a perspective that later works will have, but it can serve as a capsule of what was going on in terms of public opinion at the time. (I've heard a lot about Charles and Diana's wedding, for example, but how were people talking about it when it actually happened?) This is a good choice for public and school libraries looking to increase their high-interest books about modern history and to update some of the older books they might have on Prince William.
I read an advance review copy from NetGalley. This book will be published on September 1, 2011.
See more information at Lerner Books.
Read it with:
Prince William by Terri Dougherty
William and Catherine: A Royal Wedding by Andrew Morton
Royal Romance, Modern Marriage: The Love Story of William and Kate by Mary Boone
Call Ripkin, Jr. by Matt Doeden
Knit Your Own Royal Wedding by Fiona Goble