Kings and Queens
Publication Date: November 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc
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First published in 1932, Herbert and Eleanor Farjeon’s Kings and Queens is considered a classic of children’s literature. The charming poems, each one dedicated to a different King or Queen, tell the story of the forty-one English monarchs since William I in a humorous manner that has delighted generations of children. This beautiful facsimile edition features wonderful illustrations by the artist Rosalind Thornycroft and presents the book as it was originally designed to be enjoyed. Its witty approaches to history will entertain children and parents alike.
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.
“Seminal. . . . Brilliantly delineates our national past for the young.”—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