The Little Book of Values: Moral Fables by Laura E. Richards and Rhymes for Kindly Children by Fairmont Snyder
. Glorya Hale Books . NY
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Here is a second copy of this book. The fables here are taken from The House with the Golden Windows and the poems from Rhymes for Kindly Children. Gruelle is the creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy. The Richards stories are rather moral stories and not fables. They feature many angels, including, e.g., a Play Angel and a Tidy Angel in charge of tidying up. Some may be so sentimental and nostalgic and proper that they are just too much to take, like The Apron String (58), in which a large teenager is saved by his mother's apron string! The whole book has a strongly nostalgic cast to it. As the flyleaf says, this anthology will make today's boys and girls, and their mothers and fathers, aware of the family values that were instilled in everyone when the world was a better place in which to live. The Golden Windows (10) remains a moving story. For me the best are The Two Ways (18) and The Coming of the King (28).