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Careless Jane and Other Tales   By: (1863-1938)

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and other Tales




New York E. P. Dutton & Company 681 Fifth Ave.

Published April, 1902

First Printing April, 1902 Second " November, 1904 Third " January, 1907 Fourth " February, 1909 Fifth " June, 1910 Sixth " September, 1911 Seventh " July, 1913 Eighth " May, 1915 Ninth " July, 1916 Tenth " October, 1917 Eleventh " December, 1918 Twelfth " February, 1920 Thirteenth " July, 1921 Fourteenth " April, 1923 Fifteenth " January, 1924 Sixteenth " November, 1924 Sevent'nth " March, 1925 Eighteenth " February, 1926 Nineteenth " October, 1926 Twentieth " August, 1927 Tw'ty first " March, 1928

Printed in the United States of America



Careless Jane 7

Boisterous Ann 15

The Brother and Sister 23

Georgie Lie a Bed 35

Untidy Amanda 43

The Child who would not go to Bed 49

The Beet 57

The Robber Rat 65

Grandfather Stork 73

Old Mother Webtoes 81

The Rabbit Witch 91

Peter and the Ogress 103

[Illustration: To My Nephew]

[Illustration: Careless Jane]



"Come Jane," said grandmamma one day, "'Tis time you learned to sew; At your age I could make a frock, And you should also know."

But Jane cared little for such things; She liked to make a noise; She used to run about all day, And shout, and play with boys.


So now she only tossed her head And ran with eager feet, And soon was racing up and down, And playing in the street.

Once Jane was to a party asked; Her friends would all be there; She wore her best sprigged muslin frock, And ribbons tied her hair.


When she was shown upstairs to lay Her hat upon the bed, She saw a little basket there, With needles, wax and thread.

"I wonder," said untidy Jane, "If Mattie likes to sew; I'm glad that I have never learned; I should not care to know."


With that she laughed and ran downstairs, But on the way ah see! She's caught her skirt upon a nail And torn it terribly.

If Jane had learned from grandmamma She might have mended it, But she had been a thoughtless child And could not sew a bit.


So with her frock all torn, into The room she had to go, And all the children wondering stared To see her looking so;

Then when Jane played it caught her feet And almost made her fall; That shamed her so she ran away And tried to hide from all.


When nurse at last was sent for her, How glad was little Jane; She almost thought she never wished To romp or play again.

"Oh! grandmamma, dear grandmamma, Indeed, indeed," said she, "If now you'll teach me how to sew A thankful child I'll be."




A noisy boisterous child was Ann, And very far from good; She did not play the pleasant games That little children should; With rumpled hair and dresses torn She came home every day; In vain mamma said, "Ann, pray learn To be less rude at play."


Now little Ann came home one time In a most piteous plight, For she had fallen in the mud; Indeed she was a sight. The housemaid standing in the door Exclaimed, "What child is this?" "Why, Hannah, can't you see I'm Ann?" Cried out the little miss... Continue reading book >>

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