The enduring appeal of the writer Hilaire Belloc’s “Cautionary Tales for Children” defies explanation. First published in London, in , with. There was a Boy whose name was Jim;. His Friends were very good to him. They gave him Tea, and Cakes, and Jam,. And slices of delicious. The Lights went out! The Windows broke! The Room was filled with reeking smoke. And in the darkness shrieks and yells. Were mingled with.

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This hilarious albeit dark book is both imaginative and witty, and an excellent one for belkoc as well as children that they can both enjoy.

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cautionar Nov 29, Manny rated it it was amazing Shelves: Write a customer review. But Lord Lundy, who never learned to keep a stiff upper lip as befitted a gentleman, is easily my favourite. It happened to Lord Lundy then, As happens to so many men: Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Jun 23, Sylvester rated it really liked it Shelves: That one got a response. The introduction in poem form says it all. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. The most offensive ones i. What about a child burning to death in a house fire? I wish Edward Gorey had created illustrations for all 12 poems. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

And is it True? If you and the kids in your life like Belloc’s verse, then buy a print or e-book version with the original Blackwood or Edward Gorey illustrations. Just about the cutest collection of stories about brats you will ever read. The art is refined and genteel-never gory.


The book contains an introduction and eleven tales, all written in rhyming couplets. Then there was the one about a boy who was playing with a loaded gun and aimed it at his sister and missed Thanks to Project Gutenberg for this trip down memory lane. Get to Know Us.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It is not True. The last cautionsry which stories, about Charles, seems not to fit with Gorey’s somewhat gory themed books, for it contains the lone story of redemption, a lone example of exemplary virtue in a child.

We had intended you to be The next Prime Minister but three: For entertainment, dines, receives, Unmarried, I remember the house seeming cautionxry different and much bigger as a child, all the rooms seemed different. In the English version the only story I really liked was the one about lying.

The Middle Class was quite prepared. Most of the stories give away their endings in the titles, and also all the children have absurdly British names, which is probably unsurprising coming from an author afflicted with the appellation “Hilaire Belloc.

One is silly and outrageous and the other is This edition contains illustrations by Basil T.

Cautionary Tales for Children

Put it in the garbage. Four of the Cautionary Tales were set to music by Liza Lehmann in cautkonary [2] the famous contralto Clara Butt sang the piece in a successful tour of Britain in the same year.

Who chewed bits of String, and was talse cut off takes Dreadful Agonies” my favoriteand “Matilda: Reading the whole short book took about 15 min, and I also made the acquaintance of “Matilda” who “told such dreadful lies it made one gasp and stretch one’s eyes”–a character referenced in a s Masterpiece Theatre play called “Esther Tells Such Dreadful Lies”–when the liar was in reality her elder brother, who told her a lot of codswallop and then laughed when she got in trouble for spreading it.


I know it’s satire but some of it seemed a talee too much. Sep 18, Miriam rated it really liked it Shelves: All those with a twisted sense of humour. Hardcover72 pages.

Well, he was doing somersaults on the bed in between looking at the pictures, if that can be considered a reaction. That sounds sort of awful, doesn’t it?

Towards beloc age of twenty-six, They shoved him into politics; In which profession he commanded The income that his rank demanded In turn as Secretary for India, the Colonies, and War. For readers of any age, a witty and strikingly irreverent collection of moral guidance.

Why, he became all tied up in knots inside and the physicians couldn’t do anything about it. I love this book by Hilaire Belloc. Not that I was ever scared by these tales, perhaps in part because each one opens with a spoiler, and thereafter, I knew them anyway. But very soon his friends began To doubt if he were quite the man: Who taales away from his Nurse, and was eaten by a Lion,” “Henry King: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The cautinoary were fun and for a child my age ? A Hint at harmless little jobs Would shake him with convulsive sobs.

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