The seven little sisters who live on the round ball that floats in the air

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Page 10 - ... winter nights here. For see what a palace of ice he has built for himself. How cold it looks ! See the clear, blue ice, almost as blue as the sky. And look at the snow, drifts upon drifts, and the feathery flakes filling the air. Now, what do you think of this ball, so white and cold, so warm and green, so dreary and rough, as it floats along in the sweet blue air, with the flocks of white clouds about it ? I will tell you one thing more. The wise men have said that this earth on which we live...
Page 52 - ... the tall, dark trees. She wakes with the first daylight, and is out of bed in a minute, when she hears her father's cheerful call, "Come, children; it is time to be off." 7. Their dinner is ready in a large basket. The donkey stands before the door with great bags for the nuts hanging at each side. They go merrily over the crisp, white frost to the chestnut trees. How the frost has opened the burs! It has done half their work for them already. 8. How they laugh and sing, and shout to each other...
Page 27 - ... He never sat in a chair, and, indeed, never saw one in his life. His chairs are mats ; and his house is, as you have heard, a tent. II. Do you know what a tent is ? I always liked tents, and thought I should enjoy living in one ; and when I was a little girl, on many a stormy day when we could n't go to school, I played with my sisters at living in tents. We would take a small clothes-horse and tip it down upon its sides, half open; then, covering it with shawls, we crept in, and were happy enough...
Page 9 - ... see no ponds, but something very dreary. A great plain of sand stretches away on every side. There are no trees, and the sunshine beats down upon the burning sand. We look again, and we see a great body of water. Many islands are in the sea, and great ships sail upon it. Look at one more side of this ball as it turns around. Jack Frost must have spent all his longest winter nights here. For see what a palace of ice he has built for himself. How cold it looks ! See the clear, blue ice, almost...
Page 39 - ... scarlet robe falls from his shoulders. His face is dark, and his eyes keen and bright ; only a little of his straight black hair hangs below the fringes of his turban, but his beard is long and dark, and he really looks very magnificent sitting upon his fine horse in the full morning sunlight. XIII. Abdel Hassan rides forward to meet him, and the children from behind watch with great delight. Abdel Hassan takes the hand of the sheik, presses it to his lips and forehead, and says,
Page 51 - But when the frost of the autumn nights comes, it cracks open the prickly ball, and shows a shining brown nut inside ; then, if we are careful, we may pull off the covering and take out the nut ; sometimes, indeed, there are two, three, or four nuts in one shell : I have found them so myself.
Page 9 - ... In other parts there are no hills at all, but level land, and quiet little ponds of blue water. There the white water lilies grow and fishes play among the lily stems. Now, if we look on another side of the ball, we shall see no ponds, but something very dreary. A great plain of sand stretches away on every side. There are no trees, and the sunshine beats down upon the burning sand. We look again, and we see a great body of water. Many islands are in the sea, and great ships sail upon it. Look...
Page 52 - ... these are turning into sweet nuts, wrapped safely in large, prickly, green balls. 4. But when the frost of autumn comes, these prickly balls turn brown, and crack open. Then you may see inside one, two, three, and even four, sweet, brown nuts. 5. When her father says, one night at supper time, " I think there will be a frost tonight," Jeannette knows very well what to do. She dances away early in the evening to her little bed, made in a box built up against the wall. the chestnut wood, and the...
Page 35 - TONGUE. he is treated like a child, petted and fed by all the family, caressed and kissed by the children. Here they rest until the heat of the day has passed ; but before sunset they have eaten their dates and bread, loaded again the camels, and are moving, with the beautiful black horse and his rider at the head. X. They ride until the stars are out, and after, but stop for a few hours' rest in the night, to begin the next day as they began this.
Page 28 - ... the terrible blaze of the sun, stretched themselves on the mats, and slept until just now, when the night wind began to come. m. Now they can sit outside the tent and enjoy the evening, and the mother brings out dates and little hard cakes of PALM TREES. bread, with plenty of butter made from goats' milk. The tall, dark servant-woman, with loose blue cotton dress and bare feet, milks a camel, and they all take their supper, or dinner perhaps I had better call it. They have no plates, nor do they...

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