Cautionary Tales For Children (Everyman's Library Children's Classics)

  • Title: Cautionary Tales For Children (Everyman's Library Children's Classics)
  • Author: Hilaire Belloc
  • ISBN: 9781857159370
  • Page: 152
  • Format: None
  • Cautionary Tales For Children Everyman s Library Children s Classics A much loved classic for children and adults alike since this collection of poems is a truly unforgettable book of moral instruction with inspiring pictures From the Hardcover edition
    A much loved classic for children and adults alike since 1939, this collection of poems is a truly unforgettable book of moral instruction with 381 inspiring pictures From the Hardcover edition.

    • Cautionary Tales For Children (Everyman's Library Children's Classics) - Hilaire Belloc
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    About Hilaire Belloc


    1. Joseph Hilaire Pierre Ren Belloc was an Anglo French writer and historian who became a naturalised British subject in 1902 He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century He was known as a writer, orator, poet, satirist, man of letters, and political activist He is most notable for his Catholic faith, which had a strong impact on most of his works and his writing collaboration with G.K Chesterton He was President of the Oxford Union and later MP for Salford from 1906 to 1910 He was a noted disputant, with a number of long running feuds, but also widely regarded as a humane and sympathetic man.


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    1. Rhyme, rhythm, repetition.Snuggled in a cuddly, loving lap.Rhyme, rhythm, repetition. Pictures for full multi-sensory immersion. Rhyme, rhythm, repetition.Two voices: sometimes taking turns, sometimes in unison.Rhyme, rhythm, repetition.This is the stuff of formative childhood memories. My father regularly read these poems to me with melodramatic intonation when I was a child. He read (and sung) other things, but these were always the favourites. To this day, I know many of them by heart and I c [...]

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    2. Thanks to Cecily for pointing me to this book! It was available online at Gutenberg, and I wasted no time in reading it. It is sarcastic, creepy and hilarious in a very English way.About Jim, who ran away from his nurse:With open Jaws, a Lion sprang,And hungrily began to eatThe Boy: beginning at his feet.Now just imagine how it feelsWhen first your toes and then your heels,And then by gradual degrees,Your shins and ankles, calves and knees,Are slowly eaten, bit by bit.No wonder Jim detested it!M [...]

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    3. One wonders who, with options widewould name their screaming, new born baby Clyde? OrEven Hilaire -- a name so florid, French, and rude,Seems pre-destined to start a feud.OrInspire a Belle Edward of francs and also quids,to scribble moral poems to reckless, dirty kids.ButScribble poems Hilaire he did, and books and also letters,This funny man Belloc would often best his betters.

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    4. If only more parents read this to their little hooligans they might learn to be bad in more original ways.

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

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    6. I know many of these well enough to recite them. Some of my favourite quotes:[Jim, who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion:]"Now just imagine how it feelswhen first your toes and then your heelsand then by gradual degreesyour insteps, ankles, calves and kneesare slowly eaten, bit by bit!No wonder Jim detested it!No wonder that he shouted Hi!The honest keeper heard his cryThough very stout, he almost ranto help the little gentleman!"[Henry King:]"Physicians of the utmost fame Were sum [...]

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    7. CAUTIONARY TALES FOR CHILDREN, written by Hialaire Belloc, and illustrated by Edward Gorey. (Naturally, it was the Edward Gorey part that had me purchasing this in the first place.)The stories/punishments for children were amusing--the deadly ones, better ;), but the illustrations by Gorey are what really makes the book a collectible! 3* for text, 5* for illustrations.

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    8. After reading the review of my GR friend Orinoco Womble, I downloaded this little freebie and read it today. There were no illustrations in my copy and the little verses but amusing, but pretty gruesome and certainly not suitable for children!

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    9. Dated but cuteEvil side of me would love to give these to kids ad scare the living bejesus out of them for doing the actions mentions I know that’s not what a nice auntie would do

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    10. Ostensibly a children's book, but obviously for adults. It's the kind of thing that would be published in the popular magazines of the day such as Punch or the Spectator. Thanks to Project Gutenberg for this trip down memory lane.Many years ago when I was a kid, there were a lot of programmes on PBS to encourage kids (and others) to read. I remembered the poem about the boy who slips away from Nanny at the zoo and gets eaten by a lion. I even remembered the illustration; but remember the author [...]

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    11. Like his Bad Child's Book of Beasts, this short collection will make you laugh out loud while reading it. Here, for instance, is the story of one Henry King:Henry King,Who chewed bits of String, and was early cut off in Dreadful Agonies.The Chief Defect of Henry KingWaschewing little bits of String.At last he swallowed some which tiedItself in ugly Knots inside.Physicians of the Utmost FameWere called at once; but when they cameThey answered,as they took their Fees,“There is no Cure for this D [...]

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    12. What a delightful book! I have to admit, "Matilda," the first poem of Belloc's I ever read, is still my personal favourite, but the rest of this collection did not fail. I love all the illustrations as well. I can't wait to teach this in my classroom.

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    13. Brilliant little book probably published donkeys years ago about rhyming short snippets / tales for children to heed in life. One of my favourite which I read out to my kids was about a little kid called Jim who ran away from his nurse (carers in today speak) and got eatened by a lion 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 hamAnd chocolate with pink inside And little tricycles to ride They read him stori [...]

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    14. The English version of Struwwelpeter. I definitely prefer the German version. In the English version the only story I really liked was the one about lying.

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    15. Delightfully dark and twisted - like all good books for kids should be.

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    16. Edward Gorey fastidiously illustrates these cautionary tales. One would be tempted to read one of these scary tales to a particularly bratty kid to cure him. Might work.

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    17. This caught my eye when I saw "Illustrated by Edward Gorey" on the cover. It's a delightful book for children of all ages, and Gorey's drawings are, as always, magnificent and sublime. I LOVE his art and have ever since my dad introduced me to him at a very young age by way of the Treehorn books, which continue to be some of my favorite books ever. The Treehorn Trilogy: The Shrinking of Treehorn, Treehorn's Treasure, and Treehorn's WishPoetry: 4 starsIllustrations: 5+ starsHighly recommended!!

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    18. A short collection of nursery rhymes about children who misbehave and consequently either are reprimanded or die slow, torturous deaths. The most offensive ones (i.e. the best) are the first three: "Jim: Who ran away from his Nurse, and was eaten by a Lion," "Henry King: Who chewed bits of String, and was early cut off in Dreadful Agonies" (my favorite), and "Matilda: Who told Lies, and was Burned to Death."

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    19. You can find the complete book, with illustrations, online at or Project Gutenburg.As its title says, this book is full of gory poems celebrating the gruesome punishments (deaths! in some cases) of children who are just not well-behaved. I'm not sure if this is for young children--I'm not going to read it to my kids, at least not yet--but those 8 and up will probably find this book hilarious (if they can understand the language and references). The black and white illustrations are fabulous and [...]

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    20. This volume has only 7 of the 12 cautionary tales that Hilaire Belloc wrote - which I discovered after reading reviews here, realizing I hadn't read all 12, and doing some Googling.The first 3 in this volume were my favorite of the 7: Jim, Who ran away from his Nurse, and was eaten by a Lion; Henry King, Who chewed bites of String, and was cut off in Dreadful Agonies; and Matilda, Who told lies, and was Burned to Death. That sounds sort of awful, doesn't it?The illustration by Edward Gorey are a [...]

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    21. This is a hilaire-ious book! It is very reminiscent of the German children's book "Der Struwwelpeter." Both of these books feature moralistic tales designed to teach children proper behaviour. My favourite tale from this is "Rebecca: Who Slammed Doors For Fun And Perished Miserably."

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    22. I thought this was a fantastic book about horrific deaths and all but they were quite short, so I wish the author had mad his rhymes longer. My personal favorite for some reason is Lord Lundy

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    23. Just about the cutest collection of stories about brats you will ever read. This kindle version is free, and it can be read during a visit to Starbucks. The poetry is quite close to doggerel verse, but sufficiently clever to make you smile. “The moral is that little Boys Should not be given dangerous Toys.”I mean, it’s not earth-shattering, but it’s fun in a Doctor Seuss way. Recommended: it’s cheap, it’s good, it’s short it’s silly. If you’re into that, you’ll be into this

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    24. гілер беллок – це такий католицький письменник, після якого залишилися серйозні (і, кажуть, доволі непогані) тексти про віру в історичному контексті.а читають нині – з перевагою в десять разів від найпопулярнішої книжки до наступної за нею – все одно його веселі дитячі ві [...]

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    25. All of my children (ages 2-14) are completely rapt by these poems telling the stories of ill mannered children and the fates they suffered due to their habits. The verse is engaging, the language beautiful and the content darkly hilarious.

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    26. Hilaire Belloc and Edward Gorey are an excellent combination. I think "Matilda, Who Told Lies and was Burned to Death" is my favourite.

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    27. One of the joys of my childhood. Thoroughly enjoyed re-reading this and the original illustrations are wonderful.

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    28. This is a book "designed for the admonition of children between the ages of eight and fourteen years".It's just lovely.

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    29. Loved this book.I found this book to be very interesting and entertaining.Although it did not appeal as much to my children.

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