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The Birds' Christmas Carol   By: (1856-1923)

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[Illustration: "THE LITTLE RUGGLESES BORE IT BRAVELY" ( page 36)]

THE BIRDS' CHRISTMAS CAROL

BY

KATE DOUGLAS WIGGIN

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

[Illustration]

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY The Riverside Press Cambridge

COPYRIGHT, 1886, BY KATE DOUGLAS WIGGIN COPYRIGHT, 1888, BY HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY COPYRIGHT, 1914 AND 1916, BY KATE DOUGLAS RIGGS

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO REPRODUCE THIS BOOK OR PARTS THEREOF IN ANY FORM

EIGHT HUNDREDTH THOUSAND

The Riverside Press CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS PRINTED IN THE U.S.A.

TO THE THREE DEAREST CHILDREN

IN THE WORLD

BERTHA, LUCY, AND HORATIO

CONTENTS AND LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

PAGE

" The little Ruggleses bore it bravely " (page 36)

Frontispiece Vignette Title

I. A LITTLE SNOW BIRD 1

" She is a little Christmas Child " 7

II. DROOPING WINGS 10

III. THE BIRDS' NEST 15

Carol at her window 21

IV. "BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER" 22

The "Window School" 31

V. SOME OTHER BIRDS ARE TAUGHT TO FLY 32

" I want ter see how yer goin' ter behave " 39

VI. "WHEN THE PIE WAS OPENED, } 48 THE BIRDS BEGAN TO SING!" }

" The Ruggleses never forgot it " 55

" I beat the hull lot o' yer! " 62

VII. THE BIRDLING FLIES AWAY 63

" My Ain Countree " 65

" I thought of the Star in the East " 69

THE BIRDS' CHRISTMAS CAROL

I

A LITTLE SNOW BIRD

It was very early Christmas morning, and in the stillness of the dawn, with the soft snow falling on the house tops, a little child was born in the Bird household.

They had intended to name the baby Lucy, if it were a girl; but they had not expected her on Christmas morning, and a real Christmas baby was not to be lightly named the whole family agreed in that.

They were consulting about it in the nursery. Mr. Bird said that he had assisted in naming the three boys, and that he should leave this matter entirely to Mrs. Bird; Donald wanted the child called "Dorothy," after a pretty, curly haired girl who sat next him in school; Paul choose "Luella," for Luella was the nurse who had been with him during his whole babyhood, up to the time of his first trousers, and the name suggested all sorts of comfortable things. Uncle Jack said that the first girl should always be named for her mother, no matter how hideous the name happened to be.

Grandma said that she would prefer not to take any part in the discussion, and everybody suddenly remembered that Mrs. Bird had thought of naming the baby Lucy, for Grandma herself; and, while it would be indelicate for her to favor that name, it would be against human nature for her to suggest any other, under the circumstances.

Hugh, the "hitherto baby," if that is a possible term, sat in one corner and said nothing, but felt, in some mysterious way, that his nose was out of joint; for there was a newer baby now, a possibility he had never taken into consideration; and the "first girl," too, a still higher development of treason, which made him actually green with jealousy.

But it was too profound a subject to be settled then and there, on the spot; besides, Mamma had not been asked, and everybody felt it rather absurd, after all, to forestall a decree that was certain to be absolutely wise, just, and perfect.

The reason that the subject had been brought up at all so early in the day lay in the fact that Mrs... Continue reading book >>




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