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Queen Summer

Walter Crane

Book Overview: 

this charming little book tells the story of what might happen in the garden on a summer day, when the knights of the rose and those of the lily have a tournament because someone in the lily family mocked a rose.

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Book Excerpt: 
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Round Time’s dial thronged the hours,
Masking in the Masque of Flowers

[Pg 5]

Like knights and ladies fair be-dight
In silk attire, both red and white.

[Pg 6]

And as the winds about them played,
And shook the flowers or disarrayed,

[Pg 7]

A whispered word among them goes
Of how the Lily flouts the Rose,

[Pg 8]

Suitors for Summer’s favor dear,
To win the crown of all the year—
And how each champion brave would fight,
Queen Summer to decide the right.

[Pg 9]

Then shrill the wind-wing. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Very charming, with the greatest of illustrations!

Why put 3 illustrations on each page?

Beautiful Victorian artwork and a great old poem about summer and the eternal struggle between the lily and the rose. My only complaint is that the publishers put three illustrations on each page. They are too small to read, so for each original page you must...more

This book was written and illustrated by Walter Crane, who became a leader in his day in the world of children's literature. Published in 1891, this charming little book tells the story of what might happen in the garden on a summer day, when the knights of the rose and those of the lily have a t...more