Originally Posted by MegMeg
I would mark these with "Caution" or "YMMV," particularly for the very young age group. All three are rather grim in their different ways. Some children may pick up on the disturbing implications and others may not.

Originally Posted by Mahagogo5
Just so stories - Kipling
The story of ping - Marjorie flack
Beatrix potter peter rabbit collection ( in original language rather than amended)
My dd4 loves these books because the stories are sweet but the language is lyrical and in the case of potter and Kipling very rich

I guess so, I'd struggle to read these to an older child though. I think a lot of the issues that come up in the book are more to do with old fashion values and gentle intro to some of the harsh realities of life - which in times gone by was generally done through story telling - I have to admit though that even though my DD understand the subtext of the stories she is not the most sensitive child in the world.