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STORY HOUR READERS

THIRD YEAR

BOOK THREE

BY

IDA COE, Pd.M.

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, PUBLIC SCHOOLS CITY OF NEW YORK

AND

ALICE J. CHRISTIE

PRIMARY TEACHER. PUBLIC SCHOOLS CITY OF NEW YORK

CONTENTS

THE LAND OF STORY BOOKS _Robert Louis Stevenson_ HANSEL AND GRETEL _Fairy Tale_ THE EAGLE AND THE FOX _Fable_ HIAWATHA'S BROTHERS _Henry W. Longfellow_ THE BEAVERS' LODGE _Indian Folklore_ MANITOU AND THE SQUIRRELS _Indian Folklore_ THE SWIFT RUNNER _Indian Folklore_ BROTHER RABBIT _Indian Folklore_ QUEEN MAB _Thomas Hood_ CINDERELLA _Fairy Tale_ THE WIND _Robert Louis Stevenson_ THE BAG OF WINDS _Greek Mythology_ DIANA AND APOLLO _Greek Mythology_ THE TREE _Adapted from Bjornson_ THE FAIRY TREE _Fairy Tale_ HIAWATHA'S SAILING _Henry W. Longfellow_ GRAY MOLE AND THE INDIAN _Indian Folklore_ THE WATER LILIES _Indian Folklore_ WHERE GO THE BOATS? _Robert Louis Stevenson_ WHY THE SEA IS SALT _Northern Folklore_ SENNIN THE HERMIT _From the Japanese_ GREAT AND LITTLE BEAR _Greek Mythology_ THE BOY AND THE SHEEP _Ann Taylor_ THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF _Aesop_ THE LION'S SHARE _Aesop_ ROBIN REDBREAST _William Allingham_ THORN ROSE _Fairy Tale_ THE WOLVES AND THE DEER _Fable_ THE CORNFIELDS _Henry W. Longfellow_ THE GIFT OF CORN _Indian Folklore_ A BOY'S SONG _James Hogg_ THE FROGS' TRAVELS _From the Japanese_ THE MERCHANT'S CARAVAN _East Indian Tale_ QUEEN HULDA AND THE FLAX _European Folklore_ ALADDIN'S LAMP _Ida Coe_ ALADDIN AND THE MAGIC LAMP _Arabian Nights_ THE WHITING AND THE SNAIL _Lewis Carroll_ THE BONFIRE IN THE SEA _Australian Folklore_ ROBINSON CRUSOE _Daniel Defoe_ THE WONDERFUL WORLD THE MAGIC GIRDLE _The Brothers Grimm_

THE LAND OF STORY BOOKS

At evening when the lamp is lit, Around the fire my parents sit; They sit at home and talk and sing, And do not play at anything.

Now with my little gun I crawl, All in the dark, along the wall. And follow round the forest track Away behind the sofa back.

There in the night, where none can spy, All in my hunter's camp I lie, And play at books that I have read, Till it is time to go to bed.

* * * * *

So, when my nurse comes in for me, Home I return across the sea, And go to bed with backward looks At my dear Land of Story Books.

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON.

HANSEL AND GRETEL

In a little cottage at the edge of a forest in Germany, lived Peter, a poor broom maker, and his wife Gertrude. They had two children, Hansel and Gretel.

One day Hansel and Gretel were left alone at home. Their father had gone to the village to sell brooms. Their mother was away, too.

The children were left busily at work. The boy was mending brooms, the girl knitting stockings.

After a time they became tired of their hard work.

"Come, Gretel, let us have some fun!" cried Hansel.

As he spoke, he threw the broom upon the floor, and pulled the stocking from his sister's hand.

"Oh, yes!" said Gretel. "I will teach you a song, and you can learn the steps of the dance."

Hansel and Gretel danced about the room. Gretel sang, while she and Hansel danced,

"First your foot you tap, tap, tap, Then your hands you clap, clap, clap; Right foot first, left foot then, Round about and back again."

Presently the mother returned home. She entered the room and found Hansel and Gretel at play.

"You lazy children!" she exclaimed. "Why have you not finished your work?"

Taking the broom that Hansel had thrown upon the floor, the mother started to punish him, but the boy was too quick for her.

Hansel ran nimbly about, and as she was trying to catch him, the mother upset a jug of milk. It was all the food there was in the house.

"Oh, mother!" cried Gretel. "You have spilled the milk, and we shall have nothing to eat."

"Go out into the woods and gather some strawberries. Do not return until you have filled the basket to the brim," commanded the mother. "Hansel, help your sister pick the berries, and hurry back, both of you, for there is nothing else for supper."

Towards evening the father returned from the village.

"Ho, ho, good wife!" called Peter. "I have had great luck to-day, and have sold all my brooms. Now for a good supper! See here--bread and butter, some potatoes, ham and eggs. But where are the children?"

"They have gone to the woods to gather strawberries," replied Gertrude.

"It is growing dark. Hansel and Gretel should have been here long ago," said Peter anxiously.

The wife began to prepare supper. The husband went to the door of the cottage and looked out into the darkness.

"Alas, my children!" cried Peter. "I fear that the terrible Witch of the Forest may find them, and that we shall never see them again!"

Meanwhile Hansel and Gretel had filled the basket with strawberries, and then had wandered into the forest. They sat down upon a mossy bank under a fir tree, to rest.

"Here is a fine strawberry! Taste it," said Gretel.

She put a berry into Hansel's mouth and took one for herself.

"I am so hungry! Give me another berry," said Hansel.

The children tasted another and another of the strawberries, until all were gone.

"Oh, Hansel! We have eaten all of the strawberries," cried Gretel. "We must fill the basket again."

The children began to hunt for more berries, but it was now growing dark, and they could find none. To make matters worse, they had lost their way.

Gretel began to cry, but Hansel tried to be very brave.

"I will take care of you, sister," said he.

"Hark!" said Gretel.

They could hear soft voices among the trees. The children became more frightened than before.

"What is that, near the dark bushes?" whispered Gretel.

"It is only the stump of a tree," replied Hansel.


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