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Curious Book of Birds

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Now the interesting facts about birds we have always with us. We can find them out for ourselves, which is a very pleasant thing to do, or we can take the word of others, of which there is no lack. But it is the quaint fancies about birds which are in danger of being lost. The long-time fancies which the world's children in all lands have been taught are quite as important as the every-day facts. They show what the little feathered brothers have been to the children of men; how we have come to like some and to dislike others as we do; why the poets have called them by certain nicknames which we ought to know; and why a great many strange things are so, in the minds of childlike people.

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[Illustration: Mr. Stork and Miss Heron (page 178) ]

The Curious Book of Birds

By Abbie Farwell Brown

With Illustrations

By E. Boyd Smith

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY The Riverside Press, Cambridge 1903

Published October, 1903.

There are many books written nowadays which will tell you about birds as folk of the twentieth century see them. They describe carefully the singer's house, his habits, the number of his little wife's eggs, and the color of every tiny feather on her pretty wings. But these books tell you nothing at all about bird history; about what birds have meant to all the generations of men, women, and children since the world began. You would think, to read the words of the bird book men, that they were the very first folk to see any bird, and that what they think they have seen is the only matter worth the knowing.

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