21 NOVEMBER 1891, Page 12

Bab. By Ismay Thorn. (Blackie and Son.)—Gladys and Bab represent

the old contrast which we find in " The Idle and the Industrious Apprentice," and in other tales without number. In this case it is a question of selfishness and unselfishness. The spoilt Gladys typifies the one, the well-trained Bab the other. It is a pretty little story with an excellent moral, not the less effec- tive because Gladys's reformation is not worked in a hurry.— Dicky Dibbs, and other Stories. By M. E. Johnson. (Digby and Long.)—Here we have five very short and simple stories, each enforcing a moral of its own.