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Kings and Queens Hardcover – November 30, 2011

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“Seminal. . . . Brilliantly delineates our national past for the young.”—Antonia Fraser


(Antonia Fraser )

“I was quite literally brought up on these brilliant verses. . . . The contain everything a child needs to know about our Kings and Queens, bringing each one unforgettably to life. Parents will ignore them at their peril.”—John Julius Norwich


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“Kings and Queens and Heroes and Heroines are timeless peeks into world history for many reasons, but the exuberant presentation cannot be discounted. For a dip into some great lives, you can't beat these two books.”—Bookslut


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“[A] hilarious and memorable historical doggerel boldly illustrated by Rosalind Thorneycroft.”—The Times


(Christina Hardyment The Times )

About the Author

Eleanor and Herbert Farjeon were born in the 1880s in London to a very literary family. Eleanor received no formal education but was encouraged from an early age to write stories and poems. Her first book, Nursery Rhymes of London Town, was published in 1916, and she went on to write over sixty books for children. With her brother, Herbert, she also wrote numerous plays and songs. Rosalind Thornycroft (1891–1973) was a cousin of the Farjeons.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 85 pages
  • Publisher: British Library; Reprint edition (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712358501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712358507
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wonderful book of childrens' poems, one for each English Monarch, from William the First, "the first of our kings, not counting the Ethelreds, Egberts and things" through "John, John, bad King John", "Edward the First was strong and tall, He had the longest legs of all", and "Bluff King Hal was full of beans; he married half a dozen queens; For three called Kate they cried the banns, One called Jane, and a couple of Annes" up to Queen Elizabeth II, with the last edition in 1953. There is a wonderful picture for each monarch, and the expense of reproducing those, by Rosalind Thornycroft, was said to be prohibitive for further editions. Somehow, the Great Wall Printing Co. Ltd has managed to come up with the new edition in 2011. Anyone who wants to teach his/her children about English History and her Kings and Queens is in for a treat if they can get a copy of this delightful and informative book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Connable on January 29, 2012
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Kings and Queens -- along with Heroes and Heroines -- was my favorite book as a child, read to me by my mother until I was old enough to read it myself. It is wonderful light verse, brilliantly illustrated, about the most famous monarchs, from the first Queen Elizabeth to the (current) second. I have quoted this book from memory all my life (e.g., Richard III: Crookback Dick had nephews two, younger than me, older than you.)
For years I have searched for this book to no avail. Now, updated and reprinted, it is available through Amazon. I bought a bunch of them as presents and I've never heard more enthusiastic thank-you's. --
-- Alfred Connable
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MossHillFarm on December 18, 2011
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The poems are longer and catchy. Some have to humorously stretch to find a rhyme, making them almost Seuss-like.

This book was revised in the 50's and goes from William I to Elizabeth II, making it current. Though, the poem about Queen Elizabeth is quite short and is more of an ending poem to the whole book.

From an American standpoint, I call this book a good supplement. Looking at each poem individually, it doesn't give quite enough information to fully make sense unless you have a decent background of the British Kings and Queens. If your child (or parents too) have an interest in British history, I recommend getting this book together with Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall or having online resources at the ready.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Sheaff on April 14, 2014
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I had this book as kid growing up in England and it really helped me keep the kings and queens straight from 1066 on. I bought it for my grandchildren and they really love reading the poems attached to each monarch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Warren on January 7, 2014
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My parents used to read this to us over 60 years ago....... I have now passed copies to my cousins, children, grandchildren & friends that are teachers...... May they have as much fun as I did . Thanking you again
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ShishkaRobb on February 4, 2009
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What a great little book. It was a childhood favorite of mine and my sister. The poems are fun and very memorable. I can remember all of Henry the VIII's wives thanks to this little jewel.
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