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The Hollow Tree Snowed-In   By: (1861-1937)

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[Illustration: Book Cover]

[Illustration: THE HOLLOW TREE AND DEEP WOODS PEOPLE

Mr. Crow, Mr. Turtle, Mr. 'Coon, Mr. 'Possum, Mr. Robin, Mr. Squirrel, Mr. Dog, Mr. Rabbit

THEN MR. DOG SAID: "I KNOW ALL ABOUT MENAGERIES, FOR I HAVE BEEN TO ONE"]

THE HOLLOW TREE SNOWED IN BOOK

BEING A CONTINUATION OF THE STORIES ABOUT THE HOLLOW TREE AND DEEP WOODS PEOPLE

BY ALBERT BIGELOW PAINE

AUTHOR OF "THE HOLLOW TREE AND DEEP WOODS BOOK"

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY J. M. CONDÉ

[Illustration]

NEW YORK AND LONDON HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS MCMX

BOOKS BY ALBERT BIGELOW PAINE

THE HOLLOW TREE SNOWED IN BOOK. Crown 8vo $1.50 THE SHIP DWELLERS. Illustrated. 8vo 1.50 THE TENT DWELLERS. Illustrated. Post 8vo 1.50 THE HOLLOW TREE AND DEEP WOODS BOOK. Illustrated. Post 8vo 1.50 FROM VAN DWELLER TO COMMUTER. Ill'd. Post 8vo 1.50 LIFE OF THOMAS NAST. Ill'd. 8vo net 5.00

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS, N. Y.

Copyright, 1910, by HARPER & BROTHERS

TO ALL DWELLERS IN THE BIG DEEP WOODS OF DREAM

[Illustration: MAP OF THE HOLLOW TREE AND DEEP WOODS COUNTRY]

EXPLANATION OF MAP

The top of the map is South. This is always so with the Hollow Tree People. The cross on the shelf below the edge of the world (where the ladder is) is where Mr. Dog landed, and the ladder is the one brought by Mr. Man for him to climb back on. The tree that Mr. Man cut down shows too. The spot on the edge of the world is where the Hollow Tree People sometimes sit and hang their feet over, and talk. A good many paths show, but not all by a good deal. The bridge and plank near Mr. Turtle's house lead to the Wide Grass Lands and Big West Hills. The spots along the Foot Race show where Grandpaw Hare stopped, and the one across the fence shows where Mr. Turtle landed. Most of the other things tell what they are, and all the things are a good deal farther apart than they look. Of course there was not room on the map for everything.

TO FRIENDS OLD AND NEW

I wonder if you have ever heard a story which begins like this: "Once upon a time, in the far depths of the Big Deep Woods, there was a Big Hollow Tree with three hollow branches. In one of these there lived a 'Coon, in another a 'Possum, and in the third a Big Black Crow."

That was the way the first story began in a book which told about the Hollow Tree People and their friends of the Big Deep Woods who used to visit them, and how they all used to sit around the table, or by the fire, in the parlor room down stairs, where they kept most of their things, and ate and talked and had good times together, just like folk.[1]

And the stories were told to the Little Lady by the Story Teller, and there were pictures made for them by the Artist, and it was all a long time ago so long ago that the Little Lady has grown to be almost a big lady now, able to read stories for herself, and to write them, too, sometimes.

But the Story Teller and the Artist did not grow any older. The years do not make any difference to them. Like the Hollow Tree People they remain always the same, for though to see them you might think by their faces and the silver glint in their hair that they are older, it would not be so, because these things are only a kind of enchantment, made to deceive, when all the time they are really with the Hollow Tree People in the Big Deep Woods, where years and enchantments do not count. It was only Mr. Dog, because he lived too much with Mr. Man, who grew old and went away to that Far Land of Evening which lies beyond the sunset, taking so many of the Hollow Tree stories with him. We thought these stories were lost for good when Mr. Dog left us, but that was not true, for there came another Mr. Dog a nephew of our old friend and he grew up brave and handsome, and learned the ways of the Hollow Tree People, and their stories, and all the old tales which the first Mr... Continue reading book >>




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