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E Children's Book

OF

Moral Lessons





THE LIBRARY

OF

THE UNIVERSITY

OF CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES

Ex Lihris

SIR MICHAEL SADLER

ACQUIRED 1948

WITH THE HELP OF ALUMNI OF THE

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION



\



THE CHILDREN'S BOOK OF MORAL LESSONS



Also by Sa77ie Author



The Children's Book of Moral Lessons. First Series;

"Self-control" and "Truthfulness."



THE



CHILDREN'S BOOK



OF



MORAL LESSONS



F. J. GOULD



{Second Series : '^Kind?iess " and " Work and Duty ")



WATTS & CO.,
17. JOHNSON'S COURT, FLEET STREET, LONDON, E.C

1903



PREFACE



Thk first volume of these Lessons, dealing with Seif-Control
and Truthfulness, was issued in 1899, and I have been much
encouraged by the reception it lias enjoyed among both
children and teachers.

All the lessons in this second volume have been given, in
one form or another, to classes of young people aged ten to
fourteen. All have appeared in print before, and are now
collected from the Ethical World, the Leicester Reasoner, and
the Leicester Pioneer ; and I have again to thank Mr. W. P.
Ball for much careful criticism and correction in the work of
revision. At present, I am undecided whether future volumes
(if any) in illustration of the "Plan" should be written in the
form of reading-books, as in volumes i. and ii., or should
consist of notes and material for the use of teachers only.

The subject that presented the greatest difficulty to me was
that of Kindness to Animals. I did not feel competent to
pursue the ordinary method of detailed description of animal
life, nor was I sure that the ethical end was best attained in
that way. The work on Mutual Aid by Prince Kropotkin
supplied me with the moral clue of Association (see Lessons
x\\. and xwi.); and Lessons .xx.xii. and xxxiii. suggest a point
of view not usually adopted — viz., that our treatment of the
lower animals expresses, or re-acts upon, our own character.

The chapters on the Blind, Deaf-and-dumb, Fire-brigades,



VI PREFACE

and a Day in the Quarries are not so much intended for actual
lessons as hints to teachers how to make use of their personal
experiences for purposes of moral instruction.

F". J. Gould.

41, Lower Hastings Street, Leicester.
jMay, igoj.



CONTENTS



KINDNESS.

Lesson I.— MOTHER. page

The mother's love. The mother's smile. The motherless girls.
The child's dependence on its mother for speech, health, etc. - i

Lesson IL— MOTHER— (contiimed).

Mother's warnings. Mothers love their children, though they may
sometimes have to give them pain. Mutual pride of mother
and child ....... ^

Lesson UL— MOTHER— {^onc/uded).
Showing respect and honour to mothers - - - - 9

Lesson IV.— THE WONDERFUL MAN - - 14

Lesson V.— FATHER.

Father's example and protection. Sometimes father finds it
necessary to punish. Obedience to father - - - 19

Lesson \I.— FATHER— {co7ic/tided).

Mutual pride between father and child. Respect and considera-
tion for father. When sons and daughters do right, the hearts
of mothers and fathers are glad - - - - - 24

Lp:sson VH.— sisters AND BROTHERS.

Brothers and sisters as companions in a home. Things which a
boy can do better than a girl. Things which a girl can do better
than a boy. Things which can be done well by both boys and
girls. Mutual aid - - - - - - 29

Lesson VHI.— SISTERS AND BROTHERS— (conc/ttded).

Kindness to younger brothers and sisters. Forgiving the unkind
brother. Helping a sister in affliction. Helping even unto
death - - - - - - - "33



VI PREFACE

and a Day in the Quarries are not so much intended for actual
lessons as hints to teachers how to make use of their personal
experiences for purposes of moral instruction.

F. J. Gould.

^/, Lower Hastitigs Street, Leicester.



CONTENTS



KINDNESS.

Lesson I.— MOTHER. page

The mother's love. The mother's smile. The motherless girls.
The child's dependence on its mother for speech, health, etc. - i

Lesson U.— MOTHER— (con/mued).

Mother's warnings. Mothers love their children, though they may
sometimes have to give them pain. Mutual pride of mother
and child ....... ^

Lesson III.— MOTHER— (conc/itded).
Showing respect and honour to mothers - - - - 9

Lesson IV.— THE WONDERFUL MAN - - 14

Lesson V.— FATHER.

Father's example and protection. Sometimes father finds it
necessary to punish. Obedience to father - - - 19

Lesson Yl.— FATHER— (concluded).

Mutual pride between father and child. Respect and considera-
tion for father. When sons and daughters do right, the hearts
of mothers and fathers are glad - - - - - 24

Lesson VH.— SISTERS AND BROTHERS.

Brothers and sisters as companions in a home. Things which a
boy can do better than a girl. Things which a girl can do better
than a boy. Things which can be done well by both boys and
girls. Mutual aid - - - - - - 29

Lesson VIII.— SISTERS AND BROTHERS— (conc/uded).

Kindness to younger brothers and sisters. Forgiving the unkind
brother. Helping a sister in affliction. Helping even unto
death - - - - 33



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Lesson IX.— THE GOOD GREEK SISTER. - 37
Lesson X.— ERNEST AND HENRIETTE. - 41

Lesson XL— OTHER PEOPLE.

Thinking of other people. Good manners. That which seems
rude is not always so in reality. We are all bound by the rules
of good manners - - - - - - 46

Lesson XIL— OTHER PEOF'LE—iconc/tided).

Courtesy to the weak and infirm. Respecting the burden. Con-
sideration shown in little things, both by children and men - 50

Lesson XHL— THE FIVE SKELETONS.

The likeness in the five skeletons. Kindness shown by animals as
well as men. Good qualities shown by savages. Justice and
mercy towards savage races - - - - "55

Lesson XIV.— KINDNESS.

Strength may be used to assist others. Heroes who helped others.
The words "kindness," " kin," and "kindred." Kindness in
kings, heroes, men of learning, and children - - - 60

Lesson XV.— KINDNESS— ((W/z-wm/^^).

Kindness on a small scale and a large scale. Kindness to ( i )
children ; (2) the aged - . . . - 64

Lesson XVI.— KINDNESS— (r^Jw/Z/w/^^).

Kindness to (3) the unfortunate, as illustrated by stories from
England and Japan. Bearing pain for the sake of others - 68

Lesson XVII.— KINDNESS— (.w///«?


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