William the Curious: Knight of the Water Lilies

The Queen of the Land of Far and Wide demands perfection absolute perfection in all that she surveys from her windows, high in her perfectcastle She orders her minions to move mountains and to change the colors ofthe forest but, alas, she is never satisfied One day she makes adecree all imperfect things in the castle must be thrown out of the windows.Soon the loThe Queen of the Land of Far and Wide demands perfection absolute perfection in all that she surveys from her windows, high in her perfectcastle She orders her minions to move mountains and to change the colors ofthe forest but, alas, she is never satisfied One day she makes adecree all imperfect things in the castle must be thrown out of the windows.Soon the lovely, lily blanketed moat below becomes a slimy, polluted junk pile.Blinded by her quest for perfection, the queen does not realize the havoc shehas wrought on the harmony of her kingdom, and no one dares to tell her exceptone very small and very brave frog named William Here is the story of how heopens the queen s eyes, to see that nature, in and of itself, is perfect.Acclaimed artist Charles Santore s sumptuous illustrations and provocative environmental fairytale will have readers of all ages cheering the triumph ofthe courageous frog.
William the Curious Knight of the Water Lilies The Queen of the Land of Far and Wide demands perfection absolute perfection in all that she surveys from her windows high in her perfectcastle She orders her minions to move mountains and to change

  • Title: William the Curious: Knight of the Water Lilies
  • Author: Charles Santore
  • ISBN: 9780679887423
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “William the Curious: Knight of the Water Lilies”

    1. I don't know why the author picked this title -- the story and message have nothing to do with curiosity. Rather, this is a rather heavy-handed moral tale about not obviously destroying one's surroundings through waste and garbage-dumping, told through the unlikely figure of a queen who wants everything to be "perfect" and wastes lots of subject-power fixing things to look nicer and having anything flawed thrown in the moat, where the heaps destroy the lovely waterlilies and endanger the animals [...]

    2. What a great little fairy tale! This is really an environmental stewardship story posing as a fairy tale, but it gracefully straddles both genres. While stories such as The Lorax have wonderful messages, William the Curious presents a similar environmental message in a bite-sized way. Maybe we can't all stop the big environmental polluters, but maybe we can all protect that which is right under our noses and in that way work together to keep our world beautiful and livable.My niece and nephew bo [...]

    3. Beautifully illustrated, this is the story of how William the Frog helps the Queen understand that perfect isn't necessarily the best. The storytelling is a bit long (lots of words per page) and the solution is a bit sudden and simplistic.

    4. Finally re-written to make sense; Gawwwd I've got to preview my reviews! And use spell check!I was drawn to this by the coverah yeah I know shut it! But the illustration of the frog at the feet of a knight in chain mail with a sword point not too far from our hero's feet, was just so endearing I couldn't pass it by.What I found inside was just as lovely, the illustrations by Charles Santore are wistful and lush, just as a fairy tale should be. The detail is amazing, the colours, are soft and vel [...]

    5. I picked this one up because I liked the look of the cover. I didn't think my son could make it through this book because it was so long, but he was rapt the entire time. William the Curious is a frog who lives in the moat of a Queen's castle. One day, the queen decides that anything that is not perfect within the castle must be thrown out the window. Soon the moat is full of discarded items and the fish, frogs and other wildlife are afraid. All of the plants have been killed except for one wate [...]

    6. This is gorgeously illustrated and is definitely an addition you want for your child's fairy tales collection. William is an unusual frog who lives in the moat surrounding the Queen's castle and life is good. One day however, the Queen decides she doesn't want anything but perfection around her so everything imperfect is unceremoniously tossed into the moat. As William tries to comprehend why his beautiful home is being destroyed and why the Queen is so determined to have only perfection, he dec [...]

    7. WILLIAM THE CURIOUS: KNIGHT OF THE WATER LILIES It was the cover of this book that initially drew me to it. The glorious artwork is compelling, holding you to relish every detail in each beautifully rendered painting. The story is a modern-day fairytale, though it takes place in another time and place. With touches of absurdity and humor, through William, a very special frog, the great Queen is brought to task on her need for perfectionism. It is an enjoyable, meaty (longer text) picture storybo [...]

    8. This is a nicely written fable about a frog who saved a kingdom from a queen's destructive habits. It's rather a long story, but would be good to read to older children who are interested in fairy tales. It is touching and has a happy ending.

    9. What a terrific book picked it up while at an exhibit dealing withKnights & Heroes and was entranced by not only the artwork but also such a elegant tale simply told even if you don't have kids pick it up and read it you will not be dissapointed

    10. A beautifully illustrated story that has an environmental message.When the Queen insist on "Perfection," she unknowingly damages William's home.

    11. Frog helps Queen understand that everything doesn’t have to be perfect after she pollutes her moat by throwing all her worn items into it.

    12. This book is about not trying to be perfect. And how seeking perfection makes you lose sight of that which matters most or is closest to you.The frog shows us that even little people can stand up for things they believe in and be a knight/courageous.

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