Cautionary Tales for Children
a central figure in English literature, Hilaire
Belloc produced a number of stunning, funny, and
clever admonishments for children. The tales in this
volume, illustrated by the inimitable Edward Gorey,
contain instructive lessons for almost everyone.
For those children prone to wandering off from their
caretakers, there is the story of a certain young
Jim, "who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a
lion." Those known to stretch the truth will hardly
be comforted by the tale of Matilda, "who told lies
and was burned to death." And as for those of
us--and our children--who tend to the vainglorious,
there is the sobering tale of Godolphin Horne, "who
was cursed with the sin of pride and became a
Witty, brilliant, and strikingly irreverent.