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Prince Lazybones and Other Stories by Mrs. W. J. Hays is a delightful collection of short stories that is sure to captivate readers of all ages. Through her vivid storytelling and endearing characters, Hays takes readers on a journey filled with imagination and life lessons.

The book begins with the charming tale of Prince Lazybones, a lazy prince who learns the importance of hard work and determination. This story sets the tone for the rest of the book, which explores various themes such as perseverance, kindness, and the value of friendship. The author's ability to weave these moral lessons seamlessly into her narratives is commendable, as it never feels forced or didactic.

Each story in this collection introduces new and unique characters, all of whom feel authentic and relatable. From talking animals to magical creatures, Hays creates a world that is both enchanting and familiar. Readers will find themselves engrossed in the lives of these characters, cheering for their triumphs and empathizing with their struggles.

Helen Ashe Hays, the illustrator of this edition, complements the tales beautifully with her whimsical illustrations. Her artwork brings each story to life, capturing the essence of the characters and the magical worlds they inhabit. The combination of Hays' writing and Hays' illustrations creates a harmonious reading experience.

One aspect that stands out is the book's accessibility to readers of all ages. While it is marketed as a children's book, the stories transcend age brackets. Hays' storytelling has a timeless quality to it, and the underlying messages resonate with readers of any generation. Parents will appreciate the valuable lessons imparted, while children will be enchanted by the magical adventures.

If there is one minor critique, it is that some of the stories feel a bit predictable. However, this does not detract from the overall charm and enjoyment of the book. The familiarity of certain plot elements is outweighed by the engaging characters, beautiful illustrations, and meaningful themes.

In conclusion, Prince Lazybones and Other Stories by Mrs. W. J. Hays is a heartwarming collection of stories that anyone can enjoy. Hays' tales inspire readers to believe in themselves, embrace hard work, and be kind to others. With its timeless storytelling and enchanting illustrations, this book is a definite must-read for young and old alike.

First Page:

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE LAZYBONES AND OTHER STORIES

by

MRS. W. J. HAYS

Author of "Princess Idleways"

Illustrated

Harper & Brothers Publishers New York and London

1884

[Illustration: "GOOD EVENING, MY DEAR PRINCE."]

CONTENTS

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE LAZYBONES

PHIL'S FAIRIES

FLORIO AND FLORELLA: A CHRISTMAS FAIRY TALE

BOREAS BLUSTER'S CHRISTMAS PRESENT

ILLUSTRATIONS

"Good evening, my dear Prince" (Frontispiece)

"Approach of the swanlike boat"

"Look! There's an eagle"

"Making the sturgeon useful"

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE LAZY BONES

CHAPTER I

Of all the illustrious families who have shone like gems upon the earth's surface, none have been more distinguished in their way than the Lazybones family; and were I so disposed I might recount their virtues and trace their talents from a long forgotten period. But interesting as the study might prove, it would be a difficult task, and the attention I crave for Prince Leo would be spent on his ancestors.

Of princely blood and proud birth, Leo was a youth most simple minded. He knew that much was expected of him, and that he was destined to rule; yet so easily was he satisfied that his greatest happiness was to lie all day basking in the sun or dawdling through his father's park with his dog at his heels, the heels themselves in a very down trodden state of humility, watching with languid gaze the movements of the world about him... Continue reading book >>




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