A folk tale-fairy tale quality is the distinctive mark of a lovely story written about events that could have happened in Chaucer's England when Richard II was king. Isabella, his girl queen from France, and Sparrow a poor shepherd, are the central figures. Briefly, the incidents are that Sparrow goes to London where his cat Boots has an encounter with Isabella, that Isabella in turn visits Sparrow's family to become a dairy-maid for a time, and that Sparrow returns with her to learn court minstrelsy before he decides he really likes the country best. These are but the main notes. The overtones of atmosphere, and character, of late mediaeval song and poetry provide the orchestration for quite an original piece of work. Noteworthy. Wistful memories of a beloved childhood book, The Little Queen add nostalgic affection.