Cautionary Tales for Children: A Parody of Cautionary Tales (Paperback)

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Cautionary Tales for Children

Hilaire Belloc

A Parody of Cautionary Tales

Designed for the Admonition of Children between the ages of eight and fourteen years

Cautionary Tales for Children: Designed for the Admonition of Children between the ages of eight and fourteen years is a 1907 children's book written by Hilaire Belloc. It is a parody of the cautionary tales that were popular in the 19th century. The work is in the public domain in the United States.

Illustrated by Belloc's friend from Oxford Basil Temple Blackwood, it is similar in style to the The Bad Child's Book of Beasts which had brought Belloc public acclaim and commercial success a decade earlier. The book contains an introduction and eleven tales, all written in rhyming couplets.

Introduction

Upon being asked by a Reader whether the verses contained in this book were true.

And is it True? It is not True.

And if it were it wouldn't do,

For people such as me and you

Who pretty nearly all day long

Are doing something rather wrong.

Because if things were really so,

You would have perished long ago,

And I would not have lived to write

The noble lines that meet your sight,

Nor B. T. B. survived to draw

The nicest things you ever saw.

H. B.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781507838525
ISBN-10: 1507838522
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015
Pages: 66
Language: English