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STORIES TO READ OR TELL

[Illustration: "A wonderful horse appeared, having a golden mane." (P. 13)]

STORIES TO READ OR TELL FROM FAIRY TALES AND FOLKLORE

Selected and Edited by LAURE CLAIRE FOUCHER Assistant in the New York Public Library

Illustrated by Ada Budell

NEW YORK MOFFAT, YARD AND COMPANY 1917

COPYRIGHT, 1911, BY MOFFAT, YARD AND COMPANY NEW YORK

Published October, 1911 New Edition March, 1917

CONTENTS

The Stone Cutter Japanese 1

Prince Kindhearted Polish 8

The Timid Hare and the Flight of the Beasts Hindu 17

The Bee, the Harp, the Mouse, and the Bum Clock Irish 24

The Tale of the Pointer Tray German 40

The Enchanted Princess Russian 44

"It Is Quite True!" Danish 57

The Old Hag's Long Leather Bag Irish 63

The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats German 82

The Tale of the Snow and the Steeple German 89

King Longbeard Russian 93

The Toy Goose Danish 118

Yellow Lily Irish 123

The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage German 159

The Tale of the Wolf in Harness German 164

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A wonderful horse appeared Frontispiece

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At the sound of the voice, the Stone cutter looked around 2

The Bodhisatta saw this headlong flight of the animals 18

The Mouse and the Bum clock stood up 38

When, behold, they found no less than six brace of live partridges 42

Hardly had she spoken these words, when raging winds came blowing and whistling 48

"Pass it on," piped the bats 60

"Going up to a little house, she found an old hag" 74

"The mother sewed him up so quickly" 86

"I took one of my pistols" 90

All the princesses were there 104

He jumped so high that nobody could see where he went to 120

Up went the lid of the tank 144

The bird tells the others 160

"We both arrived in full career" 165

INTRODUCING THE STORIES

"Stories to Read or Tell" has been compiled for the boys and girls who like to listen to stories as well as to read them, and for the mothers and teachers who are looking for stories "not quite so well known" as those contained in many excellent compilations now in use.

"'Tell me a story' comes before the ability to read," and unfortunate is the child who has not gone to the "Land of Nod" with good Mother Goose and those of her kin.

"The story period of a child's life merges imperceptibly into the reading period.... Listening to stories from books is the natural approach to reading from books and is the first step toward the acquisition of culture," says one believer in story telling. Another adds "What is more pleasing than an increasing acquaintance with stories of the imagination, for of fact we shall learn more, anon."

The child who is brought up entirely on fact, loses the joys and fine feeling offered to him through the imagery of great minds. To deprive him of fairy tales, myths and legends as given through the medium of story telling, is to keep from him a knowledge of the fairies, gods and heroes so frequently alluded to by authors and poets of the world's literature... Continue reading book >>




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