Kings and Queens
Distributed for British Library
First published in 1952, Eleanor and Herbert Farjeon’s Kings and Queens is a children’s classic. The charming poems, each one dedicated to a different king or queen, tell the story of the forty-one English monarchs from William I to Elizabeth II in a humorous and charming way that has delighted generations of children and their parents. This CD, read by actors Isla Blair and Julian Glover, includes Kings and Queens in its entirety, as well as a selection from the Farjeons’ Heroes and Heroines, an account of the deeds of heroes and heroines from around the world, including Alexander the Great, Julius Cesar, Robin Hood, Christopher Columbus, Sir Francis Drake, George Washington, Napoleon, Florence Nightingale, and Buffalo Bill, among others.
“In 1932, Eleanor Farjeon combined forces with her brother Herbert to produce Kings and Queens, hilarious and memorable historical doggerel boldly illustrated by Rosalind Thorneycraft. They followed up a year later with Heroes and Heroines. Now an audio combination has been issued, narrated with magnificent versatility by Isla Blaire and Julian Glover.”