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Truth Isn't Pleasant but It Can Be Instructive
on June 28, 2014
The introduction in poem form says it all. Is this book true?
And is it True? It is not True.
And if it were it wouldn't do,
For people such as me and you
Who pretty nearly all day long
Are doing something rather wrong.
Because if things were really so,
You would have perished long ago.
These poems are "not the nicest things you ever saw." And mostly parents will think they're not right for children to read. But the children may enjoy them and laugh along, for they know that life isn't all peaches and cream.I mean, a disobedient boy named Jim being eaten by a lion at the zoo, beginning at the boy's feet and working upward! Let that be a lesson to you, young reader, not to be disobedient. Stick with your parents when they tell you to do so.
How about Henry King who chewed and swallowed string? Why, he became all tied up in knots inside and the physicians couldn't do anything about it. So the poor boy died.Then there's Matilda who cried FIRE and brought the firetrucks to her house. And the time she again cried FIRE when there was a fire--well, guess the rest.
So if you and your kids can stand to face reality, this book has it in singing cadence, clever rhymes and spades (what you use to dig graves with.)