Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Kings and Queens has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by brit-books-usa
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Shipped with Premium Postal Service within 24hrs to the USA with delivery time of 7 - 14 days.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Kings and Queens Hardcover – September 1, 2011

4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$16.95
$6.55 $6.12

Chapter book favorites
Humphrey's Mixed-Up Magic Trick
The Gold Mystery
Gustav Gloom and the Castle of Fear
$16.95 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Kings and Queens
  • +
  • The Little Bookroom
Total price: $33.80
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

“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


(John Julius Norwich )

“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


(Colleen Mondor Bookslut )

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


(Christina Hardyment The Times )

About the Author

Eleanor Farjeon (1881–1965) was a writer and poet and playwright. While best known for her children’s verse and stories, she was also a regular contributor to Punch Magazine (1914–17), and wrote the words of the popular hymn "Morning has Broken". Herbert Farjeon (1887–1945) was a drama critic, writer, playwright, theater manager, and theater researcher. He was the brother of Eleanor Farjeon.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: British Library Publishing; Reprint edition (September 1, 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: #809,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I adored this book when I was a child, so much so that a lot of it got stuck in my memory. The book has a one page biography of each of England's reigning kings and queens since 1066. The biographies are in verse, and are highly memorable, as are the portraits that accompany each bio. Recently, when reading a book about Edward !!, a few lines began to tinkle in the back of my mind -- "Favours he lavished on/Pretty Piers Gaveston/ Giving him duchies and riches and rings". An internet search led me to this book, and how delighted I am to have found it again! A wonderful present for a young person with a passion for English history, or for an old person who was such in the long, long ago.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Kings and Queens
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Kings and Queens