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The Bad Child's Book of Beasts

Hilaire Belloc

Book Overview: 

A children's book teaching children not to be bad like wild animals

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .INTRODUCTION I call you bad, my little child,
Upon the title page,
Because a manner rude and wild
Is common at your age.

The Moral of this priceless work
(If rightly understood)
Will make you—from a little Turk—
[158]Unnaturally good.

Do not as evil children do,
Who on the slightest grounds
Will imitate the Kangaroo,
With wild unmeaning bounds:

[159]

Do not as children badly bred,
Who eat like little Hogs,
And when they have to go to bed
Will whine like Puppy Dogs:

Who take their manners from the Ape,
Their habits from the Bear,
Indulge the loud unseemly jape,
[160]And never brush their hair.

But so control your actions that
Your friends may all repeat.
'This child. . . Read More