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The Tale of Frisky Squirrel   By: (1877-1949)

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Sleepy Time Tales




Author of The Cuffy Bear Books Sleepy Time Tales Etc.

Illustrated by Eleanore Fagan

Grosset & Dunlap Publishers New York Copyright, 1915, by A. S. Bailey

[Illustration: "Tails and Ears"]


I Frisky Squirrel Finds Much To Do 9 II Frisky Squirrel has a Fall 13 III The Stone that Walked 17 IV The Picnic 22 V Some Lively Dodging 27 VI Mr. Hawk Returns 31 VII A Brave Little Bird 35 VIII Uncle Sammy Coon 40 IX A Bag of Corn 44 X Tails and Ears 49 XI Jimmy Rabbit is too Late 53 XII Frisky Visits the Gristmill 57 XIII Fun on the Milldam 62 XIV Mrs. Squirrel Has a Visitor 67 XV Helpful Mr. Crow 72 XVI Caught in the Attic 77 XVII Farmer Green's Cat 82 XVIII The Threshing machine 86 XIX Frisky's Prison 91 XX Johnnie Green Forgets Something 95 XXI That Disagreeable Freddie Weasel 101 XXII Catching Freddie Weasel Asleep 106



Frisky Squirrel Finds Much To Do

Frisky Squirrel was a lively little chap. And he was very bold, too. You see, he was so nimble that he felt he could always jump right out of danger no matter whether it was a hawk chasing him, or a fox springing at him, or a boy throwing stones at him. He would chatter and scold at his enemies from some tree top. And it was seldom that he was so frightened that he ran home and hid inside his mother's house.

Mrs. Squirrel's house was in a hollow limb of a hickory tree. It was a very convenient place to live; for although the tree was old, it still bore nuts. And it is very pleasant to be able to step out of your house and find your dinner all ready for you simply waiting to be picked.

Of course, Frisky Squirrel and his mother couldn't find their dinner on the tree the whole year 'round because it was only in the fall that there were nuts on it. But luckily there were other things to eat such as seeds, of which there were many kinds in the woods. And then there was Farmer Green's wheat and his corn, too, which Frisky liked most of all.

The woods where Mrs. Squirrel and her son lived were full of the finest trees to climb that anybody could wish for. And Frisky loved to go leaping from branch to branch, and from tree to tree. He was so fearless that he would scamper far out on the ends of the smallest limbs. But no matter how much they bent and swayed beneath his weight, he was never afraid; in fact, that was part of the fun.

As she watched Frisky whisking about among the trees, now swinging on this branch, now leaping far out to that one, Mrs. Squirrel sometimes wondered how he could keep dashing about so madly. Though the old lady was pretty spry, herself, she was content to sit still some of the time. But Frisky Squirrel was almost never still except when he was asleep. There was so much to do! Frisky wished that the days were longer, for though he tried his hardest, he couldn't climb all the trees in the forest. Each night he had to give up his task, only to begin all over again the next morning. If there had been nothing to do but climb the trees Frisky would have been able to climb more of them. But there were other things that took time.

There were the birds, for instance. Frisky simply had to tease them. Perhaps it was just because he was so full of fun or mischief, as it is sometimes called. Anyhow, he delighted in visiting their nests; and chasing them; and scolding at them. And it was not always the littlest birds, either, that Frisky teased... Continue reading book >>

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