First edition of this scarce British children's story on the Struwwelpeter model, issued during World War II with an implicit suggestion of civic as well as personal virtue: good boys tolerate deprivation without complaint.
THE SAD TALE OF THE GREEDY BOY
"He was angry, so he screamed, and he yelled and he howled and he cried."
Moral tale whose anti-greed lesson presumably had a particular edge in the midst of wartime rationing. The titular Greedy Boy risks life and limb to climb up to the "bottle of sweets"; this being 20th-century England and not 19th-century Germany, his transgressions and subsequent fall from a great height earn him only pain and suffering, not death. "His mouth watered...His fingers itched..." for the barley sugars; unspoken but understood is the fact that he cannot have them: sweet rationing was introduced in 1942 and not fully lifted until well after the war's end. A rare early work by the author of the better-known THE WITCH-CHILD; OCLC locates just three holdings of this title, with only one in the US.
London: Collins, (1944). 9'' x 6''. Original quarter red cloth with pictorial boards. Cover and color illustrations throughout by Chichester. Printed at the Baynard Press. 21,  pages. Light soil and edgewear to boards, with slight rippling to rear board. 2'' closed tear and creasing to front free endpaper; interior otherwise clean and unmarked.
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