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The Tale of Nimble Deer Sleepy-Time Tales   By: (1877-1949)

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THE TALE OF NIMBLE DEER

SLEEPY TIME TALES

(Trademark Registered)

BY

ARTHUR SCOTT BAILEY

AUTHOR OF

TUCK ME IN TALES

(Trademark Registered)

THE TALE OF CUFFY BEAR THE TALE OF FRISKY SQUIRREL THE TALE OF TOMMY FOX THE TALE OF FATTY COON THE TALE OF BILLY WOODCHUCK THE TALE OF JIMMY RABBIT THE TALE OF PETER MINK THE TALE OF SANDY CHIPMUNK THE TALE OF BROWNIE BEAVER THE TALE OF PADDY MUSKRAT THE TALE OF FERDINAND FROG THE TALE OF DICKIE DEER MOUSE THE TALE OF TIMOTHY TURTLE THE TALE OF MAJOR MONKEY THE TALE OF BENNY BADGER

[Illustration: Nimble Told Everybody He Met. Frontispiece ( Page 27 )]

SLEEPY TIME TALES (Trademark Registered)

THE TALE OF NIMBLE DEER

BY ARTHUR SCOTT BAILEY

Author of

"TUCK ME IN TALES" (Trademark Registered) and "SLUMBER TOWN TALES" (Trademark Registered)

ILLUSTRATED BY HARRY L. SMITH

NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS

Made in the United States of America

COPYRIGHT, 1922, BY GROSSET & DUNLAP

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I THE SPOTTED FAWN 7

II LEARNING THINGS 13

III AN INTERRUPTED NAP 18

IV PLANNING A PICNIC 23

V NIMBLE'S MISTAKE 29

VI AN UNEXPECTED PARTY 35

VII THE STRANGE LIGHT 39

VIII MRS. DEER EXPLAINS 44

IX A SPIKE HORN 49

X AT THE CARROT PATCH 54

XI CUFFY AND THE CAVE 60

XII CUFFY IS MISSING 65

XIII CUFFY BEAR WAKENS 70

XIV ANTLERS 75

XV A MOCK BATTLE 79

XVI MR. CROW LOOKS ON 84

XVII WHAT BROWNIE WANTED 90

XVIII THE MULEY COW 96

XIX THE JUMPING CONTEST 100

XX SOLVING A PROBLEM 104

XXI AN UNTOLD SECRET 109

XXII THE NEW HAT RACK 113

XXIII HOW NIMBLE HELPED 118

XXIV UNCLE JERRY CHUCK 123

THE TALE OF NIMBLE DEER

I

THE SPOTTED FAWN

When Nimble's mother first looked at him she couldn't believe she would ever be able to raise him. He was such a tiny, frail, spotted thing that he seemed too delicate for a life of adventure on the wooded ridges and in the tangled swamps under the shadow of Blue Mountain.

"Bless me!" cried the good lady. "This child's not much taller than an overgrown beet top and he can't be any heavier than one of Farmer Green's prize cabbages. And his legs " she exclaimed "his legs are no thicker than pea pods.... They'll be ready to eat in another month," she added, meaning not her child's legs, as you might have supposed, but Farmer Green's early June peas. For Nimble's mother was very fond of certain vegetables that did not grow wild in the woods.

Of course young Nimble did not know what she was talking about. He had a great deal to learn. And he would have to wait until he was a good deal bigger before his mother took him on an excursion, by night, across the fields to Farmer Green's garden patch.

All at once Nimble leaped quickly upon his slightly wobbly legs. He trembled and gazed up at his mother with a look of fear in his great eyes. At the same time his mother, too, lifted her head and listened for a few moments. "Don't be afraid!" she said then, to Nimble. "That's old Spot Farmer Green's dog barking. But he's down near the barns, so we don't need to worry."

That was the first time Nimble had ever heard a dog's voice... Continue reading book >>




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