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What Sami Sings With The Birds

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By: (1827-1901)

Old Mary Ann has done her best to bring up her son on her own. Like other relatives, her son has a longing to travel off over the mountains. Mary Ann goes with him. Later on her son marries, but loses his wife after she gives birth to their son. Mary Ann assumes responsibility of her grandson, while her son moves away in the agony of his grief. This is the story of what happens to her grandson and where his Grandmother, the songs of the birds, and his faith leads him.

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WHAT SAMI SINGS WITH THE BIRDS

BY

JOHANNA SPYRI

TRANSLATED BY HELEN B. DOLE

1917

[Illustration: "Up in the ash trees the birds piped and sang merrily together."]

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

FIRST OLD MARY ANN

SECOND AT THE GRANDMOTHER'S

THIRD ANOTHER LIFE

FOURTH HARD TIMES

FIFTH THE BIRDS ARE STILL SINGING

SIXTH SAMI SINGS TOO

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

UP IN THE ASH TREES THE BIRDS PIPED AND SANG MERRILY TOGETHER.

WHERE HAVE YOU COME FROM WITH ALL YOUR HOUSEHOLD GOODS?

SUCH STRAY WAIFS AS YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DO ANYTHING.

WHAT SAMI SINGS WITH THE BIRDS

CHAPTER FIRST

OLD MARY ANN

For three days the Spring sun had been shining out of a clear sky and casting a gleaming, golden coverlet over the blue waters of Lake Geneva. Storm and rain had ceased. The breeze murmured softly and pleasantly up in the ash trees, and all around in the green fields the yellow buttercups and snow white daisies glistened in the bright sunshine. Under the ash trees, the clear brook was running with the cool mountain water and feeding the gaily nodding primroses and pink anemones on the hillside, as they grew and bloomed down close to the water... Continue reading book >>


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