Folk-lore and Fable

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P. F. Collier & Son, 1909 - Children - 383 pages
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Page 326 - came flying the Lark, but not down to the peonies and tulips—no, down into the grass to the lowly Daisy, which started so with joy that it did not know what to think. The little bird danced round about it, and sang,— ' "O, how soft the grass is! and see what a lovely little flower,
Page 24 - food, and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew: "IT IS BEST TO PREPARE FOR THE DAYS OF NECESSITY." THE TREE AND THE REED "WELL, little one,
Page 321 - THERE were once five-and-twenty tin soldiers; they were all brothers, for they had all been born of one old tin spoon. They shouldered their muskets and looked straight before them; their uniform was red and blue, and very splendid. The first thing they had heard in the world, when the lid was taken
Page 255 - kindness you have received. Did you not get into a warm room, and have you not fallen into company from which you may learn something? But you are a chatterer, and it is not pleasant to associate with you. You may believe me, I speak for your good.
Page 263 - Mercy!" thought he, "can I indeed be so stupid? I never thought that, and not a soul must know it. Am I not fit for my office? No, it will never do for me to tell that I could not see the stuff." "Don't you say anything to it?" asked one, as he went on weaving.
Page 323 - Have you a passport?" said the Rat. "Give me your passport." But the Tin Soldier kept silence, and only held his musket tighter than ever. The boat went on, but the Rat came after it. Hu! how he gnashed his teeth, and called out to the bits of straw and wood,—
Page 121 - There lay her grandmother with her cap pulled far over her face and looking very strange. "Oh! grandmother," she said, "what big ears you have!" "The better to hear you with, my child," was the reply. "But, grandmother, what big eyes you have!" she said. "The better to see you with, my dear.
Page 248 - What are you thinking of?" cried the Hen. "You have nothing to do, that's why you have these fancies. Lay eggs, or purr, and they will pass over." "But it is so charming to swim on the water!
Page 264 - What's this?" thought the Emperor. "I can see nothing at all! That is terrible. Am I stupid ? Am I not fit to be Emperor ? That would be the most dreadful thing that could happen to me. O, it is very pretty!" he said aloud. "It has our highest approbation." And he nodded in a contented way,
Page 322 - black goblin; you see, it was a trick. "Tin Soldier," said the Goblin, "don't stare at things that don't concern you." But the Tin Soldier pretended not to hear him. "Just you wait till to-morrow!" said the Goblin. But when the morning came, and the children got up, the