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Cautionary Tales for Children

Cautionary Tales for Children [Kindle Edition]

Hilaire Belloc , B. T. B. (Basil Temple Blackwood)
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 62 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420934708
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082UZMCG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly glorious book! 30 Jan 2011
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It was such a pleasure to read this book again. It was a staple of my childhood, and many of the hilarious (and wildly politically incorrect) verses are stuck forever in my memory, as are the quirky illustrations. Hilaire Belloc is ridiculously xenophobic, but - provided you can excuse him on the grounds that he wrote it in a very different age - wonderfully funny.

This is a book for a child aged around 8-10 (and for retarded adults like me) with a good sense of humour and history,and a strong feeling for words. I gave it to the son of a friend, and was delighted to see how much he enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes dated but still gets you visualizing. 10 July 2013
By Bob D
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Not timeless but just as much fun as when I first read them, especially when read with meaning to children!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkly delightful 13 Mar 2013
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In a satire of Struwelpeter and its ilk this tiny tomb of terrible tales deals disciplinary admonishment in delightfully dark and dreadful ways with outcomes as gleefully gory as they are ridiculous. In this Bookaboo generation of sacharine sweet stories this book, Gorey and like minded authors supply secretive sinisterly sly smiles and selfindulgent snickers to one old enough to know better. And I do love a little alliteration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Value 9 July 2012
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My copy contained two sets of the text - and on checking, the spine printing would fit half the size.

I wonder if they all to!

As it's only 72 pages (7 stories) ir is not obviously fat!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorey's drawings are wonderful as ever 15 April 2006
By electra
Quite sick and funny, not as good as The Gashleycrumb Tinies but then what is! Worth adding to your collection tho.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for all generations 28 Oct 2013
By dusty
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My grand daughter loved it. I also read it before I gave it to her and I loved it. Very clever and relevant to todays children.
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1.0 out of 5 stars You'll be disappointed 20 Oct 2013
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This version of the cautionary tales does not include any of the famous pictures. All the lines are run together so the verses look like prose without any paragraphs. In the orginal printed version all poems start on a new page. Here it is not obvious when a new poem starts. The whole book looks like an integral part of its introduction.

I was expecting joyful nostalgia but was just irritated by the bad production and the fact that I paid for too much for this text that is long since out of copyright.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is a book of poems, not prose! 20 Oct 2013
By Toonie
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I had this book as a child, and enjoyed it, but the Kindle version is deeply unsatisfactory. It is arraigned as if it was prose, and there are none of the amusing illustrations that bring it to life. I am very disappointed, and would be very careful in future of trusting such treasures to Kindle copyists.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I heard about this book elsewhere online and wanted to find different type of children's books for myself. I very much enjoyed the illustrations and the stories too. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars Cautionary Verse
I remember this book from childhood and was really pleased to find a new copy so cheap, thank you x
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. C. V. Town
3.0 out of 5 stars Great 106 years on
Even though these poems are very old
We learned to do as we were told.

Ta da ! Why thank you.
Published 14 months ago by Grace G
3.0 out of 5 stars Cautionary Tales For Children Book Review
I thought this was a very good book and the stories were very different to anything else I have read. It was very grim but that is one of the main things I enjoyed about it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Elizabeth Deakin
4.0 out of 5 stars charming
A charming little book which i would gladly read again. Wonderfully written with flawless rhyme, which is appropriated after many terrible poems read previously.
Published 17 months ago by Holly Wagstaff
5.0 out of 5 stars Still relevant in today's society
I was brought up on these Cautionary Tales and they are still relevant today, if only society would take them on board!
Published 18 months ago by Puffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good sense for today's youth
Some well known rhymes, witty and concise. Like all good poems, they rhyme and scan. Unlike today's so called poetry.
Published 19 months ago by Beanhead
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I highly recommend this book and the stories inside are fabulous.
To whom would I recommend this book to? Read more
Published 19 months ago by Operetta D. Phantom
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