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To my dear Children, Maja, Harry, and Herbert.
5 EARLY all the Tales that are printed in this
learned them when they were little children like your
little book were written many years ago.
Your mamma and your grandmamma
selves, and I dare say they will be great favourites with boys and girls for many, many years to come. The “Wonderful Story of Henny-Penny,” and “The Robin's Tule Song,” are tales told by nurses in Scotland; and I have to thank Mr. Robert Chambers for allowing me to reprint them for you in English. The “Story of the Three Bears ” is a very old Nursery Tale, but it never was so well told as by the great poet Southey, whose version I have (with permission) given you, only I have made the intruder a little girl instead of an old woman. This I did because I found that the tale is better known with SILVER-HAIR, and because there
are so many other stories of old women.
Mr. Absolon, and Mr. Wehnert, and Mr. Meadows, and Mr. Weir, have made a great number of famous pictures for this book, and I am sure you will be very much pleased with them. When you are old enough to learn to draw men and animals, these pictures will
serve you excellently well as copies; but you must
begin with some that are more easy to draw.
As you already know some of these tales by heart, I hope you will soon learn the others. I do not mean word for word, but only the stories of them, so that when you go out to see other little boys and girls, or other little boys and girls come to see you, you may be able to amuse them, and then I dare say they will tell you tales as good as those you have told them.
Your loving Father,
Kentish Town, Nov. 1849.
KING ARTHUR’s ALPHABET . - - 26 pictures.
SIMPLE SIMON - e - 3 pictures.
THE FROG who would A-Wooing Go I picture.
WEDDING OF Cock Robin & Jenny WREN 6 pictures.
THE DEATH & BURIAL OF Cock Robin
LITTLE GooDY Two-Shoes
BoLD Robin HooD