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A Round Dozen   By: (1835-1905)

A Round Dozen by Susan Coolidge

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A ROUND DOZEN.

[Illustration: TOINETTE AND THE ELVES.

Down on the ground beside her, a tiny figure became visible, so small that Toinette had to kneel and stoop her head to see it. PAGE 234.]

A ROUND DOZEN.

BY

SUSAN COOLIDGE,

AUTHOR OF "THE NEW YEAR'S BARGAIN," "WHAT KATY DID," "WHAT KATY DID AT SCHOOL," "MISCHIEF'S THANKSGIVING," "NINE LITTLE GOSLINGS," "EYEBRIGHT," "CROSS PATCH," "A GUERNSEY LILY."

[Illustration: QUI LEGIT REQIT]

BOSTON: ROBERTS BROTHERS. 1892.

Copyright, 1883 ,

BY ROBERTS BROTHERS.

UNIVERSITY PRESS: JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE.

TO

V V V V V

Five little buds grouped round the parent stem, Growing in sweet airs, beneath gracious skies, Watched tenderly from sunrise to sunrise, Lest blight, or chill, or evil menace them.

Five small and folded buds, just here and there Giving a hint of what the bloom may be, When to reward the long close ministry The buds shall blossom into roses fair.

Soft dews fall on you, dears, soft breezes blow, The noons be tempered and the snows be kind, And gentle angels watch each stormy wind, And turn it from the garden where you grow.

CONTENTS.

PAGE THE LITTLE WHITE DOOR 9 LITTLE KAREN AND HER BABY 34 HELEN'S THANKSGIVING 47 AT FIESOLE 67 QUEEN BLOSSOM 93 A SMALL BEGINNING 115 THE SECRET DOOR 135 THE TWO WISHES 156 BLUE AND PINK 183 A FORTUNATE MISFORTUNE 198 TOINETTE AND THE ELVES 232 JEAN'S MONEY, AND WHAT IT BOUGHT 259 HOW THE STORKS CAME AND WENT 277

THE LITTLE WHITE DOOR.

I SUPPOSE that most boys and girls who go to school and study geography know, by sight at least, the little patch of pale pink which is marked on the map as "Switzerland." I suppose, too, that if I asked, "What can you tell me about Switzerland?" a great many of them would cry out, "It is a mountainous country, the Alps are there, Mont Blanc is there, the highest land in Europe." All this is true; but I wonder if all of those who know even so much have any idea what a beautiful country Switzerland is? Not only are the mountains very high and very grand, but the valleys which lie between are as green as emerald, and full of all sorts of wild flowers; there are lakes of the loveliest blue, rivers which foam and dash as merrily as rivers do in America, and the prettiest farmhouses in the world, châlets the Swiss call them, with steep roofs and hanging balconies, and mottoes and quaint ornaments carved all over their fronts. And the most peculiar and marvellous thing of all is the strange nearness of the grass and herbage to the snows. High, high up in the foldings of the great mountains on whose tops winter sits all the year long, are lovely little valleys hidden away, where goats and sheep feed by the side of glacier fed streams; and the air is full of the tinkle of their bells, and of the sweet smells of the mountain flowers. The water of these streams has an odd color which no other waters have, a sort of milky blue green, like an opal. Even on the hottest days a chilly air plays over their surface, the breath, as it were, of the great ice fields above, from whose melting snows the streams are fed. And the higher you climb, still greener grow the pastures and thicker the blossoms, while the milk in the châlet pans seems half cream, it is so rich... Continue reading book >>




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