The Boy who Knew what the Birds Said

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Macmillan, 1918 - Birds - 176 pages
A selection of fairy tales.

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Page 14 - When the bird that follows the cuckoo flies into the cuckoo's mouth the world will come to an end !" With such a statement the series of stories, based upon Irish folklore, which Padraic Colum has written, begins.
Page 21 - O'Connell. Cleveland. Grades 6-7 — The boy who knew what the birds said. Macmillan. $1.50. How the boy came to know what the birds said, with some of the good stories he heard them tell each other ; about the stone of victory and how Feet-in-the-ashes, the swineherd's son, came to find it; of Bloom-of-youth and the black and crooked woman who spun the twelve balls of wool, of the henwife's son and the Princess Bright-brow, of the sea-maiden who became a sea-swan, and of King Labraid Lore and his...
Page 23 - King on the earth for no one can come from the East or the West, the North or the South and lay the weight of their finger upon me.
Page 130 - The end of every ship is drowning, And the end of every kiln is burning ; The end of every feast is wasting, And the end of every laugh is sighing.
Page 165 - Birds said came upon a stone that was as big and as round as the wheel of a cart. And when he had brushed away the grains of sand that was on the round stone he saw a writing.
Page 92 - Riders had taken her away to show her all the great heroes of the world so that when the time came for her to choose a husband she could make her choice of the best amongst them.
Page 18 - Bird, and as he learnt their languages, many's and many's the good story he heard them tell each other.

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