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The Babes in the Wood One of R. Caldecott's Picture Books   By: (1846-1886)

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"The Babes in the Wood", one of R. Caldecott's Picture Books, is a captivating children's tale that takes readers on a whimsical adventure through the enchanting world of Caldecott's imagination. Filled with stunning illustrations and a heartwarming storyline, this timeless classic is sure to delight both young and old alike.

The book follows the journey of two young siblings, the protagonists known simply as the "Babes", who find themselves lost in a dense and mysterious forest. As they navigate through the dark woods, they encounter various enchanting creatures and face numerous challenges along the way. At times, their situation appears bleak, but their resilience and courage push them forward, teaching valuable lessons about friendship, loyalty, and hope.

One of the remarkable aspects of this book is Caldecott's exceptional artistry. His illustrations encompass a perfect blend of beauty, liveliness, and emotional depth, capturing the essence of each character and scene. Each page contains dynamic, eye-catching artwork that effortlessly captures the attention of children, thus bringing the story to life in a mesmerizing manner.

Moreover, the book's narrative engages readers from beginning to end. Caldecott weaves a tale that touches upon themes of bravery, perseverance, and the power of familial bonds. As the Babes confront their fears and encounter unforeseen obstacles, young readers are presented with an opportunity for introspection, encouraging them to reflect on their own strengths and resilience in facing adversity.

Despite the challenging situations the Babes encounter, the story maintains a child-friendly tone throughout. Caldecott skillfully balances moments of tension with lightheartedness, ensuring that the book never becomes too overwhelming or frightening for its intended audience. This balance allows children to immerse themselves in the story without feeling overwhelmed, creating a safe and enjoyable reading experience.

"The Babes in the Wood" is an exemplary addition to R. Caldecott's Picture Books collection. With its timeless illustrations, engaging storyline, and valuable life lessons, this book deserves a special place on every child's bookshelf. Caldecott's unparalleled talent shines through, making it a delightful read for children, parents, and educators alike. It is a testament to the enduring power of storytelling and the profound impact that children's literature can have on young minds.

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[Illustration: The BABES in the WOOD. ONE OF R. CALDECOTT'S PICTURE BOOKS Frederick Warne and Co. Ltd.]

Printed in Great Britain





Now ponder well, you parents deare, These wordes which I shall write; A doleful story you shall heare, In time brought forth to light.

A gentleman of good account In Norfolke dwelt of late. Who did in honour far surmount Most men of his estate.

Sore sicke he was, and like to dye, No helpe his life could save; His wife by him as sicke did lye, And both possest one grave.


No love between these two was lost, Each was to other kinde; In love they liv'd, in love they dyed, And left two babes behinde:

The one a fine and pretty boy, Not passing three yeares olde; The other a girl more young than he And fram'd in beautye's molde.

The father left his little son, As plainlye doth appeare, When he to perfect age should come Three hundred poundes a yeare.

And to his little daughter Jane Five hundred poundes in gold, To be paid downe on marriage day, Which might not be controll'd:


But if the children chanced to dye, Ere they to age should come, Their uncle should possesse their wealth; For so the wille did run... Continue reading book >>

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