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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Product details Age Range: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Or Inspire a Belle Edward of francs and also quids, to scribble moral poems to reckless, dirty kids.

Some of my favourite quotes: 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. But Scribble poems Hilaire he did, and books and also letters, This funny man Belloc would often best his betters.

I rales wait to teach this in my classroom. I’m not sure what to think. We had intended you to be The next Prime Minister but three: I loved his poems as a child and bought this book to give to a friend’s child so he can also enjoy Belloc’s poetry and cautionary tales.

Who told Lies, and was Burned to Death. I’m probably a Very Bad Parent for reading this to Squirt. As its title says, this book is full of gory cautinoary celebrating the gruesome punishments deaths!


Cautionary Tales for Children by Hilaire Belloc

The poetry is quite close to doggerel verse, but sufficiently clever to make you smile. I don’t know if I can articulate how there’s a difference between getting eaten by a lion because you weren’t listening and being beaten by an uncle because you were too loud but there is definitely is a difference to me. Even the concept of moralistic tales is perhaps too cautoinary nowadays.

Would you slap the Porcupine? View all 13 comments. At last he swallowed some which tied Itself in ugly Knots inside. Ta,es are whimsically eaten by lions or consigned to life as a bootblack for their sins-or, by contrast, a boy who fires a loaded gun at his sister is reprimanded sternly.

Cautionary Tales

Because if things were really so, You would have perished long ago. No wonder Jim detested it! Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

But as it is! My favourite tale from this is “Rebecca: Stick with your parents when they tell you to do so. See all customer images. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I have to admit, “Matilda,” the first poem of Belloc’s I ever read, is still my personal favourite, but velloc rest of this collection did not fail.

Join in These are written for performance. View all 46 comments. Just about the cutest collection of stories about brats you will ever read. The black and white illustrations are You can find the complete book, with illustrations, online at Google Books or Project Gutenburg. Gorey didn’t just illustrate these tales by major English literatus Belloc; he is credited with rediscovering them. Jan 26, Stephen McQuiggan rated it it was amazing.


The stocks were sold; the Press was squared: Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Variety The cautions are a quirky mix of bizarre, gory, hyperbolic, and just occasionally sensible.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. The only problem with this free download is that it only includes the text; it leaves out the original Blackwood illustrations and the later Edward Gorey illustrations, both of which which definitely added an extra something special to Belloc’s great writing. View all 12 comments. Aug 23, Darwin8u rated it really liked it Shelves: Customers who bought this item also bought.

He read and sung other things, but these were always the favourites. A Hint at harmless little jobs Would shake him with convulsive sobs.

One would be tempted to read one of these scary tales to a particularly bratty kid to cure him. I know many of these well enough to recite them. Would he be upset by the idea of a lion eating a child?