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The Tale of Sandy Chipmunk   By: (1877-1949)

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SLEEPY TIME

THE TALE OF SANDY CHIPMUNK

BY

ARTHUR SCOTT BAILEY

ILLUSTRATED BY HARRY L. SMITH

1916

[Illustration: Sandy Was So Startled That He Dropped the Eggs]

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I SANDY'S NAME

II SOMETHING IN THE SKY

III THE BROKEN EGG

IV BUILDING A HOUSE

V MRS. CHIPMUNK IS GLAD

VI SAMPLES OF WHEAT

VII UNCLE SAMMY'S STORE

VIII THE BASKET OF CORN

IX WORKING FOR MR. CROW

X MR. CROW SCOLDS SANDY

XI THE MAIL BOX

XII SANDY GETS A LETTER

XIII A RIDE TO THE MILLER'S

XIV A LUCKY ACCIDENT

XV THE ROWDY OF THE WOODS

XVI ROWDY RUNS AWAY

XVII CORN PLANTING TIME

XVIII SANDY LIKES MILK

XIX WHAT THE OLD COW DID

ILLUSTRATIONS

SANDY WAS SO STARTLED THAT HE DROPPED THE EGGS

MRS. CHIPMUNK WENT TO THE DOOR WITH SANDY

HE DROPPED THE GRAIN IN FRONT OF UNCLE SAMMY

UNCLE SAMMY SEARCHED HIS SHELVES CAREFULLY

"HERE'S A LETTER FOR ME!" SAID SANDY CHIPMUNK

FARMER GREEN'S CAT LEAPED OUT OF THE DOORWAY

THE TALE OF SANDY CHIPMUNK

I

SANDY'S NAME

In the first place, no doubt you will want to learn why he was known as Sandy . Many others, before you, have wondered how Sandy Chipmunk came by his name.

Whenever any one asked Sandy himself why he was so called, he always said that he was in too great a hurry to stop to explain. And it is a fact that of all the four footed folk in Pleasant Valley and on Blue Mountain as well he was one of the busiest. He was a great worker. And when he played as he sometimes did he played just as hard as he worked.

In spite of his being so busy, there may have been another reason why he never would tell any one why he was named Sandy. Jimmy Rabbit was the first to suggest that perhaps Sandy Chipmunk didn't know.

Jimmy and some of his neighbors were sunning themselves in Farmer Green's pasture one day. And while they were idling away the afternoon Sandy Chipmunk scurried past on top of the stone wall, with his cheek pouches full of nuts.

"There goes Sandy Chipmunk!" Jimmy Rabbit exclaimed. He called to Sandy. But Sandy did not stop. He made no answer, either, beyond a flick of his tail. You see, his mouth was so full that he couldn't say a word.

"I was going to ask him about his name," Jimmy Rabbit remarked. "I've almost made up my mind that he doesn't know any more about it than anybody else."

"Probably he doesn't," Fatty Coon agreed. "But it's easy to see why he's called Sandy. He likes to dig in the sandy soil in this pasture."

"I don't agree with you," Billy Woodchuck said. " I think he was named Sandy on account of his yellowish, reddish, brownish color."

Some of the others thought that Billy might have guessed the right answer. But Frisky Squirrel told them that that wasn't the reason at all.

"It's because he's plucky ," he declared. "You know, gritty is the same as plucky . And sandy is the same as gritty . That's the reason," Frisky said. "It's plain as the nose on your face." He was looking straight at Tommy Fox as he said that.

Now, Tommy Fox had a very long nose. And he became angry at once. His face would have grown red, probably, if it hadn't been that color always.

"You don't know what you're talking about!" he snapped.

Old Mr. Crow, who sat in a tree nearby, nodded his head.

"You're all wrong," he told them. "The reason for calling that young Chipmunk boy Sandy is because his real name is Alexander. And everybody who knows anything at all knows that Sandy is just a short way of saying Alexander."

When they heard that, Fatty Coon and Billy Woodchuck and Frisky Squirrel looked foolish. People thought Mr. Crow was a wise old gentleman. And when he said a thing was so, that usually settled it.

"Here he comes again!" Mr. Crow said... Continue reading book >>




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