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simple, and yet have some interest in it, such as they can
understand. Stories that are in fact a study of children with
peculiar ways and odd sayings are of no use. The tale
must take the child's point of view, yet without obviously
writing down to its level, and any moral must be pointed as
tersely and briefly as possible. Unluckily several of those
I have found most successful have gone out of print —
namely, ' The White Kitten,' and ' Out in the Dark,' in early
packets of the books Mr. Burns used to publish, and
'Little Lucy' and 'A Tale of a Tail' (S.P.C.K.). I have
looked over multitudes of tiny books, but only a few have
the special charm that will keep a whole class devouring the
reader with their eyes, and be welcomed even if read over
and over again. I have not here mentioned Mrs. Ewing's
beautiful series of verse-books for children, with their
charming illustrations, because they are really studies of
childhood, and more fit for the drawing-room than the
cottage or school. The same may be said of the very pretty


Everyday Fables, the letterpress of which is quite beyond
little children. The best thing for the youngest class of
four, five, or six years old, is the ' Child's own Picture
Paper' (Dean), Aunt Louisa's books (Warne), and the
'Child's Illustrated Scripture History (S.P.C.K.), 4 parts,
price is. each. Or, if the, class be too large for showing
them pictures in a book, detached ones on an easel are
useful. One or two sacred ones, well explained, are enough,
and a few secular ones may follow. Let me hint that un-
draped figures, shown to poor children, are undesirable, and
that if there is a mistake in the accessories, by some
fatality, they are sure to admire it. Cassell's ' Little Pet's
Posy,' is. 6d., or ' Little Chimes,' is. 6d., will give amusing
bits to read to the tiny children, but lending is of no use
unless they are ill. A complete set of pictures illustrating
the Gospels, or the lessons for nearly every Sunday in the
Christian year, can be arranged from the stores of the
S.P.C.K., the R.T.S., and Cassell's ' Child's Bible and Life
of Christ,' 75-. 6d.

1. Children's Album. (Cassell) is. 6d.

2. Baby's Album. (Cassell)

3. Miss Angelina. (S.P.C.K.) id.

A doll, lost by a young lady, and prized by a poor little cripple till
the owner is discovered, and there is a great struggle of honesty on the
one hand, generosity on the other.

4. Tales for Me to read to Myself. (Masters) is. 6d.

The little boy who has to take a donkey cart to market for the first
time, and is teased by rude companions, excites unfailing interest.

5. Langley Little Ones. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter
Smith) 2s.

This contains several short tales mentioned below : ' Fanny's Doll,'
1 Bully Brindle,' ' Snowdrop's Eggs,' &c.

6. Our Ethel. (S.P.C.K.) 6d.

Should be read to small children apt to be put in charge of smaller

7. Little Men and Little Women. (Walter Smith) 2d.
Rather disjointed, but fit for the tinies.

£ 2


8. Quack, Quack. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter Smith) yt.
Inculcating the penny savings bank.

9. Patz and Putz, or the Story of Two Bears. (S. P. C. K. ) is.

Interests a little class.

10. Tumble-down Dick. (S.P.C.K.) id.
Birds'-nesting. A wholesome lesson.

11. A Miller, a Mollar, a Ten o'Clock Scholar. By C. M.

Yonge. yd.

On playing truant.

12. Fanny's Doll. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter Smith) yi.
For small children.

13. Idle Harry. (Walter Smith) 3d.

14. Leonard the Lion Heart. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter

Smith) grf.

On boasting.

15. The Apple Tree. (Walter Smith) id.

A naughty and a good little boy under temptation. I have known ol
an impression made by it.

16. Playing with Fire. (Walter Smith) id.
A wholesome warning.

17. Little Susy's Six Birthdays. By Mrs. Prentice, (Nel-
son) 2S.

Popularity proved. Circumstantial enough to be delightful to little

18. Fanny Sylvester. By Mrs. Cupples. (Nelson) gd.
A lonely town child transplanted into the country.

19. Bully Brindle. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter Smith) 3d.
Two small children sent out in the dark to fetch help after an



For Children from Eight to Ten Years old.

The books here given are of a somewhat homely and
simple order, such as are understood and liked by children
without much cultivation or knowledge of the world— average
ones, in fact ; for the intelligent and eager ones, or those
who have some home culture, need something of a higher

20. Louie White's Hop-picking. By Amabel Jenner. (Griffith,
Farran & Co. ) 6d.

A good picture of Kentish hopping, introducing a brisk little London
maiden, as inferior to her homely cousins in practical usefulness as she
is superior in knowledge.

21. The Lion Battalion. By Mary Hullah. (Hatchards) 2s. 6d.
Several short stories. The first is of a tiny German boy who makes

imaginary soldiers of buttons and abstracts a whole brilliant regiment
from his little friend's jacket. It is less good than the second, ' The
Fireman's Little Maid,' a friendship between a fireman and a little
neglected girl. Read aloud, it has charmed a third standard class and
a mothers' meeting.

22. Smuts and Diamonds. By Selina Gaye. (Remington) 5.5-.
The first tale is on Christian brotherhood ; the second, 'Who did It? '

is of the mysterious painting of the effigy of a pig hung at the pork
butcher's. It is my resource when I have to keep a mixed troop of
children quiet while waiting. The third, ' Three Little Sisters,' is a
warning to little nurses to be faithful.

23. Golden Gorse. By Florence Wilford. (S.P.C.K.) is.6d.
A London child's first visit to the country, with her help to her more

backward cousins.


24. The Heavy Sixpence. (S.P.C.K.) 3d.
An overcharge, weighing down the conscience.

25. Missy and Master. By Mary Bramston. (S.P.C.K.) 2s.
Missy had been a member of a circus troupe. Master was the pony

she used to ride. Her taming down in an orphan asylum is well told.

26. The Christmas Mummers. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter
Smith) 3d.

This story preserves the old Hampshire custom of ' Mumming.'

27. Langley School. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter Smith) 3.?.

28. Lads and Lasses of Langlejr. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter
Smith) 2s.

29. Langley Adventures. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter Smith)
2s. 6d.

' Langley School ' was written many years ago. The others are of the
present day, of examinations, Sec.

30. Pickle and his Page Boy. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter

Smith) 2s.
A boy and a Skye terrier who try to be faithful.

31. Godmother's Whim. (S.P.C.K.) $d.
A treasure concealed in a ball of worsted.

32. Michael the Chorister. (Walter Smith) 6d.

One of the first tales of little choristers, and with a great simplicity
and beauty.

33. A Bright Farthing. By S. M. Sitwell. (S.P.C.K.) u.
A good child's story of the temptation to conceit and self-exaltation.

34. Grannie's Wardrobe. (S.P.C.K.) gd.
A case of curiosity and untruth, well told.

35. The Railroad Children. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter

Smith) 6d.

May be a help with unbaptised children.

36. The Secret of a Ball of Wool. (S.P.C.K.) 2d.

Is the same idea as the * Godmother's Whim,' but is told by a Russian
nurse and is more amusing.

37. Harriet and her Sister. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter

Smith) id.

A warning against concealing an accident; but the child left alone
all day in charge of a baby is a thing of the past.

38. Snowdrop's Eggs. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter Smith) 3d.

Against pilfering.


39. The Third Standard. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter Smith) 3d.
The consequences of children copying each other's marks in school.

40. Wolf. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter Smith) 3d.
Adventures of a set of Christmas carollers.

41. The Wood Cart and other Tales. By F. M. Peard

(Walter Smith) 2s.

Excellent tales of peasant life in France which delight English

42. The Old Garden Door. (Walter Smith) 2d.

A little girl who gets into a scrape by aiding in surreptitious transac-
tions between a hawker and some boarding-school young ladies. The
children left at home to the care of a young elder are things of the past,
but the child nature is true in all times.

43. Uncle Henry's Present. (Walter Smith) 2d.
A droll lesson on curiosity.

44. The White Satin Shoes. (Walter Smith) 2d.
Equally telling on vanity.

45. Cheap Jack. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter Smith) 3d.
Adventures of some beads ill obtained.

46. Mary and Florence. By A. Fraser Tytler. (Hatchards)
35. 6d.

This is an unfailing favourite, a children's classic of fifty years'

47. The Star in the Dustheap. By the Hon. Mrs. Greene.
(Warne) 3s. 6d.

Very touching.

48. Froggy's Little Brother. By Brenda. (Shaw) 6d. or 3s. 6d.

A touching tale of street Arabs. Interest in it seems to be uncertain
among children — one class has liked it, another virtually hissed it by

49. Little Meg's Children. By Hesba Stretton. (R.T.S.)
is. 6d.

More powerful than ' Froggie.' Also of London children in a garret,
where the faithful little elder sister struggles to take care of the little
ones till her father's return from a voyage. This is as fit for mothers
as for children. There are multitudes more of these street Arab tales,
most of them written from fancy. It is possible to have too many of
them, so only the names of these two best are given here.


50. The City Violet. By C. Winchester. (Seeley) $s.
There are violent improbabilities here, but children like the book,

and listen to it eagerly. The lesson of Christian love is taught by an
old bedridden woman to various classes of children, among whom are
some of the circus children, who have such a fascination for young

51. Little Lives and a Great Love. By Florence Wilford.
(Masters) 2s. 6d.

Four tales designed to illustrate the text, ' The love of Christ con-
straineth us,' in a scale gradually ascending. Of the four, only the
first is historical.

52. Helpful Sam. (Griffith, Farran, & Co.) 6d.
A very real and quaint young chimney sweep.

53. The Beautiful Face. By Mrs. Mitchell. (Masters) 4s. 6d.
A veritable child's romance, not attempting to be historical, but

graceful, tender, and bright enough to delight children.

54. Dandy. (S.P.C.K.) 6d.
A pleasant story of a lost dog.

55. Ben Sylvester's Word. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter Smith)
3</. or is.

The value of truth in a witness. The murder in this has secured its

56. Little May and her friend Conscience. By Mrs. Cupples.
(Nelson) gd.

A debate with conscience.

57. Tim's Basket. (Nelson) 6d.
Might cheer a crippled child.

58. Story of a Needle. ByA.L.O.E. (Nelson) is. 6d.

59. The Two Watches. By the Author of ' Copsley Annals.'
(Nelson) is.

Didactic but lively.

60. Baby's Prayerbook. By Mrs. Sitwell. (S.P.C.K.) 8d.
A tiny girl unconsciously leading her elder brother to a right course.

61. Wings and Stings. ByA.L.O.E. (Nelson) u.

Once this was read to a class who delighted in it. Another year it
fell flat, owing, perhaps, to the children having less imagination.

62. It's his Way. By the Author of ' Copsley Annals.' (Nelson) is.
Very good for reading aloud.

63. Northope Cave. By Mrs. Sitwell. (S.P.C.K.)
Seaside adventures, a brave little self-devoted fisher-boy among babies.


For Children from Ten Years old to Twelve: Fourth
Standard and upwards.

Most children are advanced enough at this age to prefer
what is a little out of their own field ; though here there
will always be the differing tastes for adventure or character,
and imaginative or matter-of-fact literature. What will fall
flat with some will be appreciated by others ; and, in general,
what has been read to them is best liked. Explanations can
be given, right intonations are explanatory in themselves,
and foreign or unusual names are better understood.

64. Under the Lilacs. By Louisa Alcott. (Sampson Low) 2s.

A stray boy and poodle, escaped from a circus, arrive in the middle of
a doll's feast held by a widow's little girls. The house becomes their
home, and the scenes are delightful, especially when the poor dog is
lost and comes back minus his tail.

65. On Angels' Wings. By the Hon. Mrs. Greene. (Nelson) 5^.

Pathetic and tender. A deformed and sickly child in a German
town has to part with her father on his summons to the war. Little
Violet's patience, the drolleries of her little friends, the kindness of
the old policeman, and the thoughtlessness of her young nurse go to
children's hearts.

66. The Abbey by the Sea. By Mrs. Molesworth. (S.P.C.K.) is.

A furniture designer of evidently much cultivation with his little
daughter by the sea-side. Perhaps too ideal, but refining.


67. The Golden Thread. By Dr. Norman McLeod. (Isbister)
2s. 6d.

This will also be found among the allegories, but it is, even as a
mere story or romance, so charming to young listeners that it is here

68. Feats on the Fiord. By Harriet Martineau. (Rout-
ledge) is. and is. 6d. (With 40 illustrations, 2s.)

Too lively and amusing to be out of date. Norwegian life is made
perhaps rather too rose-coloured, but the adventures have a merit and
interest apart from actual truth to nature.

69. The Ghost of Grey thorn Manor. (Nelson) 6s.

May be useful where children or servants fear a haunted house.

70. Little Rosa. By Mrs. Prentice. (Nelson) 6d.
Fittest for the poor children to whom Father is a word of fear.

71. The Magpie's Nest. (Nelson) 6d.

72. The Children on the Plains. (Nelson) is. 6d.

Adventures on the Prairies with Red Indians ; a good deal of religious

73. Daughter of the Regiment. (Sunday School Union) 2s.
Children captured by Red Indians.

74. Leila, or the Island. By M. Fraser Tytler. (Hatchards)
y. 6d.

Leila has always been an unfailing favourite. The second and third
parts of her story are unequal to the first volume, which is improbable
enough, but such pretty and pleasant reading, and so sound-hearted,
that it is quite a child's classic.

75. Mr. Burke's Nieces. (Cassell) is.

Confusion of identity between two children brought home from
India, one of whom the Irish barrister believes to be his niece. It
turns upon jealousy.

76. Little Hinges. (Cassell) 2s. 6d.

A child's disobedience in apparently a small matter leads to great
family misfortunes. A sound lesson against * doing right in our own
eyes. '

77. The Thorn Fortress. By M. Bramston. (S.P.C.K.) is.
This will be classed among historical tales, as it belongs to the

period of the Thirty Years' War, but the interest is sufficient to win
children quite ignorant of the history of the period. The inhabitants of
a village in the track of the armies have a refuge in the forest, impreg-
nably fenced with thorn bushes. The adventures of a little maiden,
who falls into the hands of the marauders, and wins their heart by her
innocent sweetness, are enjoyed by all readers and hearers.


78. Max Kromer. By IIesba Stretton. (R.T.S.) is. 6J.

The Siege of Strasburg from a child's point of view.

79. Lost in Egypt. By Miss M. L. Whately. (R.T.S.) 4s.
The adventures of the little daughter of an English engineer, sud-
denly left an orphan in a remote place, and abandoned by the servants.
She is adopted by a peasant woman, and afterwards has experience of
several Egyptian houses before she is recovered by her English grand-
mother. Here and there it is lengthy, and some conversations might
be spared, but it has been listened to and read with great interest,

80. The Blue Ribbons. By Anna Harriet Drury. (Kerby)

Founded on the anecdote of Marie Antoinette acting fairy to the
child she met in the wood.

81. Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates. By Mary M. Dodge.
(Sampson Low) is.

Delightful scenes of Dutch winter life.

82. The Oak Staircase. By M. and C. Lee. (Griffith, Farran,
& Co.) 3-5-. 6d.

This is the best for reading aloud of the three historical tales by
these ladies. It begins with a child wedding in the days of Charles II.
The little bride (a Countess) is sent to school at Taunton, where the
mistress, a Huguenot, is enthusiastic in Monmouth's cause, and the
poor girls are among 'the maids of Taunton.' The young husband
intercedes, but goes into banishment with the Jacobites, and his wife has
in after times to procure his pardon, after which they begin their married
life. The book has been found very attractive to children.

83. The White Chapel. By Esme Stuart. (S.P.C.K.) 2s.
A dreamy child's adventure, very prettily told, connecting the little

white curtained bed with the white chantry chapel in a cathedral.

84. The Carved Cartoon. By Austin Clare. (S.P.C.K.) 4*.
This has been much enjoyed when read aloud to somewhat intelligent

Sunday-school children in the country, and Londoners always like it.
The title is unfortunate, for a cartoon cannot be carved, and what is
meant is a copy of a cartoon made by Grinling Gibbons, whose adven-
tures in the Plague and Fire of London are made very interesting.

85. Ivo and Verena. (Masters) 2s.

A beautiful little Fouque-like tale of early Christianity in the North.

85. Peggy and other Tales. By Florence Montgomery.
(Cassell) 2s.

This may be useful where temperance tales are required, though we
rather wonder at the father who chose such a subject to amuse his
little children.

87. The Ambition of Kate Hicks. (S.P.C.K.) 4*/.
Useful for girls going out to service.


83. The Grey Kousa on the Hill. By the Hon. Mrs. Greene.
(Nelson) 2s. 6d f

A lonely page-boy falsely accused.

89. I must keep the Chimes going, By Miss Elliot. (Seeley)
is. 6d.

A very beautiful story of a girl in a hard place, but with a cheerful

90. Friarswood Post Office. By C. M. Yonge. (Walter Smith)
2s. 6d.

A history of a workhouse lad, founded on fact.

91. The Pink Silk Handkerchief. (Walter Smith) 2d.
A useful tale of deceit and vanity.

92. The Girls of Flaxby. By C. R. Coleridge. (Walter

Smith) 2s.

Pupil-teachers shown in a manner useful to them and still more so
to those who have to deal with them.

93. Lads and Lasses of Langley. By C. M. Yonge. 2s. (See
No. 28.)

Stories of village life, chiefly for the elder children ; curiosity and a
few other follies shown up.

94. Polly Spanker's Green Feather. By Mrs. Walford.

(S.P.C.K.) 4d.

Droll disaster with finery.

95. Sowing and Sewing. By C. M. Yonge. (W. Smith) is. 6d.
An endeavour practically to illustrate the Parable of the Sower.

96. Stories of Youth and Childhood. (Walter Smith) 2s.
These first appeared in the ' Magazine for the Young,' and are very

good. Phoebe, who is sent to the hospital, is our special favourite.

97. Copsley Annals. By Miss Elliot. (Seeley) is. 6d.
These are unusually interesting. The supposed ghost, which turns

out to be a clock whirring, excites breathless interest. The last story
is better fitted for mothers than children.

98. The House of the Little Wizard. (Hatchards) 3*. 6d.

99. Goldhanger Woods. By M. and C. Lee. (National So-
ciety) 2S.

This calls itself a child's romance, and has some exciting adventures.

100. My Great Aunt's Cat. (S.P.C.K.) 2d.

A droll and wholesome warning against false excuses.


XOI. Uncle Ivan. By M. Bramston. (National Society) 2s. 6d.
Two sisters have to guard the papers of their uncle, a political exile,
against spies. Very amusing for rather advanced readers such as pupil

102. Wild Thyme. (S.P.C.K.) 4*/.

103. Susan Pascoe's Temptation. (S.P.C.K.) 4^.

The first of these is very touching, the second its continuation and a
good lesson.

104. Self Conquest. By Florence Wilford. (S.P.C.K.) is.
Another rescue from a circus.

105. Marty and the Mite Boxes. (Shaw) %s. 6d.

An American story of contributions to a church, and the exertions
of a rough little set of choir boys.

106. Little Jeanneton's Work. By C. A. Jones. (Wells Gard-
ner, Darton, & Co.) 3s. 6d.

A little shepherdess whom the young lady of the chateau nearly
spoils by making her Arcadian. Very prettily illustrated.

107. A Peep behind the Scenes. By Mrs. Walton. (R.T.S.)
p. 6d.

A great favourite.

108. Nimpo's Troubles. (Griffith, Farran, & Co.) 3*. 6d.
This is an American story of a self-willed child, which children like

very much. She chooses during her mother's absence from home to
board with people of her own selection, and gets into very comical

109. A Little Step-daughter. By the Author of the * Atelier du
Lys.' (National Society) 3^. 6d.

A child stolen by smugglers in the wild districts of Southern France
in the time of Louis XV., taken care of by a woman who feeds silk-
worms. Very interesting.

1 10. Alone in Crowds. By Annette Lyster. (S.P.C.K.) 3.5-.
A youth bred up by his father on a desert island from early infancy.

When rescued and brought home he is utterly astray and perplexed in

in. The Giant Killer. ByA.L.O.E. (Nelson) 3s.
This is rather stilted, but has been much enjoyed by elder children.
It is much better than the second part ' The Roby Family.' As a rule,
this lady's books are very religious, without Church teaching, and a
little too stiff in language, but useful.

112. Bear and Forbear. (Cassell) 2s.
An excellent tale of an Edinburgh newspaper boy,



113. Rhoda's Reward. By Mrs. Marshall. (Cassell) rj.
. A young girl who overcomes a strong temptation.

114. For Half-a-Crown. By Esm£ Stuart. (National Society) 3*.
This is the price of a poor Italian baby bought out of the slums of

Portsmouth, and bred up to be a very spirited and interesting little

115. Three Stories for Working Girls. (S.P.C.K.) is.
This, like ' Kate Temple's Mate,' is chiefly fitted for the rough

girls of factories.


Boys are here treated as separate subjects. The mild tales
that girls will read simply to pass away the time are ineffec-
tive with them. Many will not read at all. Those who will
read require something either solid, droll, or exciting.
There are lads who will study books of real information
with all their might, and will take up pursuits of science, or
enter into poetry. This, however, comes (if at all) at the
age when school is over and labour has begun, so that
intellectual occupation is not the task but the refreshment.
The solid, therefore, is not attempted in the present list.
What it aims at giving is such a choice of books as boys
will listen to with interest, or if they read in quieter
moments, or in illness, may find so amusing as not to be
tempted to think that nothing diverting or stimulating is to
be found beyond the Penny Dreadful. If their taste can be
kept unsullied during the time of growth, there is more
hope for it afterwards.

The books here mentioned are all suitable for circulation
in any general library, but are placed separately as an
answer to the oft-asked question, ' Do you know of anything
my boys will read ? '

Many well-intentioned and really pretty books are
omitted, even though written for boys, because they do not
seem to hit off the peculiar taste of that large class. Others


are omitted because, though there is little harm in them,
and we should not object to seeing a lad reading them, if of
his own catering, yet parish libraries and school rewards
give a kind of recommendation to a book which makes it
needful that it should be beyond censure. For instance,
that exciting and entrancing tale, ' King Solomon's Mines,'
is marred by the falsehoods told to the natives, and (more
injuriously perhaps) by the constant reference to bad
language on the part of the naval lieutenant, in a style to
confirm boys in their notion of its being a manly fashion.
Its successor, ' The Phantom City,' has none of these de-
fects. Be it remembered that this catalogue is only intended
to suggest and assist, not to exclude, and likewise that the
works therein are not merely suited to lads, for though girls
will often greatly prefer a book about the other sex, boys
almost universally disdain books about girls.

116. Robinson Crusoe. By Defoe. (Warne), is. 6d. (S.P.C.K.),
%s. 6d. (Cassell), 2 s - 6d. (Marcus Ward), is. 6d., 2s., 3s.

We need only name this first and best of all desert island tales, which
ought to be read as an English classic by all young people— not boys

117. The Swiss Family Robinson. (Warne), is. 6d., (Cassell),
$s., (Marcus Ward), 2s. 6d., 3s.

It is a curious fact that this book was written by the tutor of Baron
Humboldt and his brothers. It certainly encouraged a considerable

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