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The Silly Jelly-Fish   By: (1850-1935)

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The Silly Jelly-Fish by Basil Hall Chamberlain is a whimsical and enchanting children's book that left me with a big smile on my face. This beautifully illustrated story takes readers on an imaginative adventure through the underwater world, following the antics of a rather silly jellyfish.

From the very beginning, I was captivated by Chamberlain's delightful storytelling style. His choice of words is simple and engaging, making it easy for young children to understand and follow along. The narrative flows smoothly, and the plot unfolds in a way that keeps readers hooked until the very end.

What truly sets this book apart is its charming protagonist, the silly jellyfish. This lovable creature is brought to life through the stunning illustrations that accompany the text. Each page is filled with vibrant colors and intricate details, creating a visual feast for the eyes. Children will undoubtedly be drawn to the silly jellyfish's misadventures and humorous expressions.

As the story progresses, the silly jellyfish encounters various underwater inhabitants, from a grumpy clam to a playful octopus. Through these encounters, Chamberlain subtly weaves in valuable life lessons, such as the importance of friendship and embracing one's uniqueness. These messages are delivered seamlessly, never feeling forced or didactic.

Moreover, the book's length is perfectly suited for young readers. It is concise enough to hold a child's attention while still allowing room for imagination to flourish. I also appreciate the inclusion of occasional rhymes, which adds a musical element to the story and makes it even more enjoyable to read aloud.

The Silly Jelly-Fish by Basil Hall Chamberlain is a delightful book that will undoubtedly become a favorite among children and adults alike. Its enchanting storytelling, vibrant illustrations, and valuable life lessons make it a worthy addition to any child's bookshelf. I highly recommend it to parents, teachers, and anyone who appreciates a heartwarming and magical tale.

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Told in English by B. H. Chamberlain

Griffith Farran & Co., London & Sydney, N.S.W.



Once upon a time the King of the Dragons, who had till then lived as a bachelor, took it into his head to get married. His bride was a young Dragonette just sixteen years old, lovely enough, in very sooth, to become the wife of a King. Great were the rejoicings on the occasion. The Fishes, both great and small, came to pay their respects, and to offer gifts to the newly wedded pair; and for some days all was feasting and merriment.


But alas! even Dragons have their trials. Before a month had passed, the young Dragon Queen fell ill. The doctors dosed her with every medicine that was known to them, but all to no purpose. At last they shook their heads, declaring that there was nothing more to be done. The illness must take its course, and she would probably die. But the sick Queen said to her husband:


"I know of something that will cure me. Only fetch me a live Monkey's liver to eat, and I shall get well at once." "A live Monkey's liver!" exclaimed the King. "What are you thinking of, my dear? Why! you forget that we Dragons live in the sea, while Monkeys live far away from here, among the forest trees on land... Continue reading book >>

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