2 DECEMBER 1899, Page 10

The Elephant's Apology. By Alice Talwin Morris. (Blackie and Son.

2s. 6d.)—The elephant is the prominent member of Mr. Barnes's travelling menagerie. Carried away by his passion for toffee, he snatches a bit from the hand of a spectator, and causes thereby a frightful commotion among the people of Dosely. Hence his "apology," and hence also other consequences with which our readers should acquaint themselves. There are other stories of men and beasts, humorous and pathetic, all of them pleasingly illustrated by Miss Alice B. Wooe'svard.—Another pleasant picturing of animal life on the humorous side is A Child's Primer of Natural History, by Oliver Herford (J. Lane, 4s 6d.)—The same description may also be given of The Wild Pigs, by Gerald Young (Swan Sonnenschein and Co.), a new edition of a book first published some years ago.—Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes, with two hundred and fifty Pictures by " Opper " (J. M. Dent and Co., 5s.), is a book full of fun. The pictures are really excellent.—Two Well. Worn Shoe Stories. Pictured by John Hassell and Cecil Aldin. (Sands and Co.)