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MAKE BELIEVE STORIES (Trademark Registered)

THE STORY OF A NODDING DONKEY

BY LAURA LEE HOPE

AUTHOR OF "THE STORY OF A SAWDUST DOLL," "THE STORY OF A CALICO CLOWN," "THE STORY OF A CHINA CAT," "THE STORY OF A PLUSH BEAR," ETC.

ILLUSTRATED BY HARRY L. SMITH

NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS

Made in the United States of America

BOOKS

BY LAURA LEE HOPE

Durably Bound. Illustrated.

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GROSSET & DUNLAP, Publishers, New York

Copyright, 1921, by GROSSET & DUNLAP

The Story of a Nodding Donkey

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I THE SANTA CLAUS SHOP 1

II A WONDERFUL VOYAGE 13

III THE JOLLY STORE 24

IV THE CHINA CAT 36

V THE LAME BOY 48

VI A NEW HOME 60

VII THE FLOOD 72

VIII A BROKEN LEG 86

IX A LONESOME DONKEY 94

X JOE CAN RUN 109

[Illustration: The Nodding Donkey's First Appearance. Frontispiece ( Page 2 )]

THE STORY OF A

NODDING DONKEY

CHAPTER I

THE SANTA CLAUS SHOP

The Nodding Donkey dated his birth from the day he received the beautiful coat of varnish in the workshop of Santa Claus at the North Pole. Before that he was just some pieces of wood, glued together. His head was not glued on, however, but was fastened in such a manner that with the least motion the Donkey could nod it up and down, and also sidewise.

It is not every wooden donkey who is able to nod his head in as many ways as could the Donkey about whom I am going to tell you. This Nodding Donkey was an especially fine toy, and, as has been said, his first birthday was that on which he received such a bright, shiny coat of varnish.

"Here, Santa Claus, look at this, if you please!" called one of the jolly workmen in the shop of St. Nicholas. "Is this toy finished, now?" and he held up the Nodding Donkey.

Santa Claus, who was watching another man put some blue eyes in a golden haired doll, came over to the bench where sat the man who had made the Nodding Donkey out of some bits of wood, glue, and real hair for his mane and tail.

"Hum! Yes! So you have finished the Nodding Donkey, have you?" asked Santa Claus, as he stroked his long, white beard.

"I'll call him finished if you say he is all right," answered the man, smiling as he put the least tiny dab more of varnish on the Donkey's back. "Shall I set him on the shelf to dry, so you may soon take him down to Earth for some lucky boy or girl?"

"Yes, he is finished. Set him on the shelf with the other toys," answered dear old St. Nicholas, and then, having given a last look at the Donkey, the workman placed him on a shelf, next to a wonderful Plush Bear, of whom I shall tell you more in another book.

"Well, I'm glad he's finished," said Santa Claus' worker, as he took up his tools to start making a Striped Tiger, with a red tongue. "That Nodding Donkey took me quite a while to finish... Continue reading book >>




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