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The whimsical, sometimes melancholy stories, which often use nonsense language, were originally created for his own daughters. Gim...me the Ax decided to let his children name themselves. "The first words they speak as soon as they learn to make words shall be their names," he said. "They shall name themselves." When the first boy came to the house of Gimme the Ax, he was named Please Gimme. When the first girl came she was named Ax Me No Questions. And both of the children had the shadows of valleys by night in their eyes and the lights of early morning, when the sun is coming up, on their foreheads. And the hair on top of their heads was a dark wild grass. And they loved to turn the doorknobs, open the doors, and run out to have the wind comb their hair and touch their eyes and put its six soft fingers on their foreheads. read more

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"If you please, Mistah Buzzard, you can tell me if there is anybody way down South where you come from who can make his voice soun...d just like the voices of other people. Is there?" Bobby was using his very politest manner. "Cert'nly! Cert'nly!" chuckled Ol' Mistah Buzzard. "It's Mistah Mockah the Mocking-bird. Why, that bird just likes to go around making trouble; he just naturally likes to." "He is right here in the Green Forest now," replied Bobby Coon. "What's that yo' am a-saying, Brer Coon? What's that?" cried Ol' Mistah Buzzard, growing very excited. read more

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Ransome says in a note at the beginning that the stories in this book are those that Russian peasants tell their children and each... other. It was written for English children who play in deep lanes with wild roses above them in the high hedges, or by the small singing becks that dance down the grey fells at home.The tales include "Baba Yaga," the story of the famous witch who lived in a house that walked on chicken feet.Ransome says in his autobiography that the English listeners know nothing of the world that in Russia listeners and storytellers take for granted. So rather than direct translation he read all the variants of the story and rewrote them with Old Peter, Vanya and Maroosia rather than the Ogre, the Elf and the Imp. read more

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Peter Rabbit of the Brier-patch is full of mischief today -- and hopes to pull a little prank on Jimmy Skunk and Reddy Fox. But ma...ybe you know the rhyme: "When Jimmy Skunk is angry Then everyone watch out! It's better far at such a time To be nowhere about! read more

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The volume begins with an historical overview written by Baum himself, in which he notes that the first use of the name "Mother Go...ose" was by the great French author of fantasies, Charles Perrault -- the inventor of Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Puss in Boots. Each tale begins with the nursery rhyme, and then a tale that illustrates the rhyme follows -- told in Baum's charming, natural fashion. Mother Goose in Prose is a delight for children of all ages. The book's last selection features a girl named Dorothy who can talk to animals — an anticipation of the Oz books. When Baum later included this story in his Juvenile Speaker (1910) and The Snuggle Tales (1916–17), he changed the girl's name to Doris, to avoid confusing her with Dorothy Gale. read more

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Written in 1906, BEFORE ADAM is a bit of a departure from London's other novels. Still an adventure novel, this one revolves aroun...d the dreams of a young boy, dreams that involve racial memories and the knowledge of his prior existence as a manlike creature named Big Tooth living in prehistoric times. "These are our ancestors, and their history is our history. Remember that as surely as we one day swung down out of the trees and walked upright, just as surely, on a far earlier day, did we crawl up out of the sea and achieve our first adventure on land." read more

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The adventure continues with Princess Irene and Curdie a year or two older. They must overthrow a set of corrupt ministers who are... poisoning Irene's father, the king. Irene's grandmother also reappears and gives Curdie a strange gift. A monster called Lina aids his quest. In the years since the end of The Princess and the Goblin, Curdie has managed to convince himself that the supernatural events of that tale were products of his wild imagination. But then events draw him back to Grandmother -- that is, Mother Wotherwop, Princess Irene's great-great-great-grandmother, the Lady of the Silver Moon -- and Curdie regains his innocence and his faith. The Lady sends him on a quest to help the king and princess confound their enemies -- and save the kingdom! read more

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Little Ojo and his Unc Nunkie are beset by a terrible problem: the bread on the bread tree isn't ripe, and the butter and jam is a...ll gone . . . And out of so small a difficulty, in the magical Land of Oz, arises one of the most miraculous of tales of Oz, in which the reader meets such wondrous characters as the talkative Glass Cat, the Wise Donkey, the savage Woozy -- and of course the lovable Patchwork Girl herself. read more

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For the past eight years now -- ever since the true story of The Scarlet Pimpernel was put on record by the present author -- thes...e gentle, kind, inquisitive friends have asked me to trace their descent back to an ancestor more remote than was Sir Percy. Strangely enough his history has never been written before. it is to the man himself -- to the memory of him which is so alive here in Haarlem -- that I am indebted for the true history of his life, and therefore I feel that but little apology is needed for placing the true facts before all those who have known him hitherto only by his picture, who have loved him only for what they guessed. The monograph which I now present with but few additions of minor details, goes to prove what I myself had known long ago, namely, that the Laughing Cavalier who sat to Frans Hals for his portrait in 1624 was the direct ancestor of Sir Percy Blakeney, known to history as the Scarlet Pimpernel. So it must also come from those members of the Blakeney family in whose veins runs the blood of that Sir Percy Blakeney -- who is known to history as the Scarlet Pimpernel -- for they in a manner are responsible for the telling of this veracious chronicle. read more

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Young Princess Irene, sent away to the country to be raised in a place nestled into the side of a mountain that's half farmhouse a...nd half castle, has stumbled into a conspiracy -- of Goblins! Really, Goblins! Their evil plot threatens the king and his palace and of course Irene and her friend and her great-great-grandmother (who is a witch, just for good measure). This book has been famous fun for generations, and you ought to come see why. Highly recommended. Jeffrey Holdaway, in the New Zealand Art Monthly, said that both books start out as "normal fairytales but slowly become stranger", and that they contain layers of symbolism similar to that of Lewis Carroll's work. read more

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The story begins when the Scarecrow goes to search for his family roots and discovers that he is the Long Lost Emperor of the Silv...er Island -- and how he was rescued and brought back to Oz by Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion. Really! In another life, the Scarecrow was the Long Lost Emperor of the Silver Island. . . . Maybe he was. Who knows? Maybe not. But in retrospect, this is the first Oz book that actually shows us death, albeit of a peculiar sort: before the Scarecrow was reincarnated as the fluff-headed fellow we all know and love, he was the Emperor of Silver Island. Which was underground. -- Exactly beneath that cornfield where Dorothy first found him. But there are pictures of the place and the pictures don't look dark enough to be set in a kingdom made of caves. . . . Hrrrm. read more

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"I never yet saw a young Fox who didn't think he knew all there is to know -- and you're just like the rest!" Old Granny Fox says ...this to Reddy Fox, who thinks it will be as easy as pie to steal Farmer Brown's chickens by daylight and then elude Bowser the Hound. But in this entertaining tale of the winter woods, it turns out even wise Old Granny Fox can be caught napping! read more

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Little Women and Good Wives introduced Jo March as a fifteen-year-old tomboy. Little Men found her married, and running a school f...or boys. Jo's Boys opens ten years later and the boys are young men with careers and not-such-little women to discover. Nat, who could play the fiddle, is a violinist; Dan still gets into trouble. The story catches up with all the "little men" -- and Jo, as well. Sections of Jo's Boys follow the travels of former students who have deep emotional ties to Plumfield and the Bhaers. Professor Bhaer's nephew Emil is now a sailor, and takes off on his first voyage as second mate. Dan seeks his fortune in the West and ends up in jail. Nat begins a musical career in Europe that takes him away from Daisy. Alcott tips her hand here: Jo is a version of the author herself. Jo's writing brings her "gold and glory." Fame is a fleeting nuisance, she learns, but the money allows her to do the most she can for the people around her. Alcott even steps in front of the curtain to wonder if the story shouldn't end with something huge -- "melodramatic" -- an earthquake! But, no, it ends the way it should. And as readers continue to find new delights in Jo's story, it never ends at all. read more

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In the years since the end of The Princess and the Goblin, Curdie has managed to convince himself that the supernatural events of ...that tale were products of his wild imagination. But then events draw him back to Grandmother -- that is, Mother Wotherwop, Princess Irene's great-great-great-grandmother, the Lady of the Silver Moon -- and Curdie regains his innocence and his faith. The Lady sends him on a quest to help the king and princess confound their enemies -- and save the kingdom! read more

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One day Bowser the Hound found the fresh trail of Old Man Coyote and made up his mind that he would run down Old Man Coyote if he ...had to run his legs off to do it. You know there is nothing in the world Bowser enjoys quite so much as to hunt someone who will give him a long, hard run. Any time he will go without eating for the pleasure of chasing Reddy or Granny Fox, or Old Man Coyote. Old Man Coyote was annoyed. He was and he wasn't afraid of Bowser the Hound. That is to say he was afraid to fight Bowser, but he wasn't afraid to be hunted by Bowser, because he was so sure that he was smart enough to get away from Bowser. If Bowser had appeared at almost any other time Old Man Coyote wouldn't have been so annoyed. But to have Bowser appear just then made him angry clear through. You see, he had just started out to get his dinner. . . . read more

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"I wud hae ye promise to merry me, Kirsty, come the time," says the young Francie Gordon to Kirsty; "and that ye ken as well as I ...du mysel!"Kirsty of Corbyknowe leads a simple life among the hills of Scotland, raised by a farming family and blessed with the patient wisdom of the country folk. Frank Gordon is of higher blood, his father having risen to military distinction -- as his widowed mother reminds him, keeping him from his lower-born childhood friend. Yet Frank knows his father would have approved: for Kirsty's father was his own father's best friend. read more

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The story is about a family who moves to a castle haunted by the ghost of a dead nobleman, who killed his wife and was starved to ...death by her brothers. This is Oscar Wilde's tale of the American family moved into a British mansion, Canterville Chase, much to the annoyance its tired ghost. The family -- which refuses to believe in him -- is in Wilde's way a commentary on the British nobility of the day -- and on the Americans, too. The tale, like many of Wilde's, is rich with allusion, but ends as sentimental romance. The Canterville Chase has all the accouterments of a traditional haunted house. Descriptions of the wainscoting, the library panelled in black oak and the armor in the hallway characterize the Gothic setting. Wilde mixes the macabre with comedy, juxtaposing devices from traditional English ghost stories such as creaking floorboards, clanking chains and ancient prophecies with symbols of contemporary American consumerism. read more

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Out in the woods lives a happy rabbit gentleman named Uncle Wiggily Longears. As fond of fun as a kitten, he goes out to play when...ever the young ones come visiting.One chilly, wintry day he leaves his cozy bungalow and puts on his mittens to go for a ride in his wonderful airship -- and once aloft meets with a big surprise: for he sees a great white gander flying toward him -- with Mother Goose riding on back!Uncle Wiggily faces a host of new adventures -- and finds a wealth of new friends to enjoy them with. Little Bo Peep, Jack Horner, Simple Simon, Miss Muffett, and Old King Cole are just a few of the nursery-rhyme characters the happy rabbit gentleman is to meet! read more

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Granny Fox said, "Now, Reddy Fox, you run across the bridge and watch from the top of the little hill over there. Perhaps I can sh...ow you a trick that will teach you why I have made you learn to run across the bridge." Reddy trotted across the long bridge and up to the top of the hill, as Granny had told him to. Pretty soon Reddy heard another sound. It was a long, low rumble. Then there was a distant whistle. It was a train. Suddenly Granny Fox started across the bridge so fast that she looked like a little red streak. Bowser the Hound dog was close at her heels when she started and he was so eager to catch her that he didn't see either the bridge or the train. Oh, my, no! When she had reached the other side, he wasn't halfway across, and right behind him, whistling for him to get out of the way, was the train. The hound gave one frightened yelp, and then he leaped down, down into the swift water below. "Now you know why I wanted you to learn to cross a bridge; it's a very nice way of getting rid of dogs," said Granny Fox, as she climbed up beside Reddy. read more

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Old Mother West Wind sweeps across the woods and into the meadow, and opens her bag full of the Merry Little Breezes -- who quickl...y spin and fly around all their animal friends, including Peter Rabbit, Jimmy Skunk, Bobby Coon and Johnny Chuck. Then one shakes Mr. Bob White. "Wake up!" says the willful little Breeze. "Reddy Fox and Hooty the Owl are coming to the Brown Pasture to gobble up you and Mrs. Bob White and all the little Bob Whites!" read more

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"Chug-a-rum!" said Grandfather Frog. And then he told why Peter Rabbit -- and all rabbits -- cannot bend their wrists. He told a t...housand stories, in fact, because that's what Grandfather Frog was meant to do. Stories of Rabbits, Chipmunks, Possums, Foxes -- Grandfather Frog knows the important stuff about everybody who lives around the meadow. read more

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Blessed with quiet but keen dark eyes and a complexion given a white-rose tinge by the fresh Scottish air, Maggie MacLean has grow...n to learn and love the trade of her father, the village's soutar, or shoemaker.A friend of her childhood has returned, she learns -- James Blatherwick, home from Edinburgh, where he was a divinity student. Yet the proud young man speaking so ably from the pulpit has a secret -- one he almost conceals from himself.Then an even stranger arrival startles her, when she stumbles upon the crying bairn -- a baby, abandoned upon the moor. read more

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The Mutiny of the 'Elsinore' is the same kind of tale as its famous predecessor, and by those who have read it, it is pronounced e...ven more stirring. Mr. London is here writing of scenes and types of people with which he is very familiar, the sea and ships and those who live in ships. In addition to the adventure element, of which there is an abundance of the usual London kind, a most satisfying kind it is, too, there is a thread of romance involving a wealthy, tired young man who takes the trip on the Elsinore, and the captain's daughter. The play of incident, on the one hand the ship's amazing crew and on the other the lovers, gives a story in which the interest never lags and which demonstrates anew what a master of his art Mr. London is. read more

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The setting is the fictional Missouri frontier town of Dawson's Landing on the banks of the Mississippi River in the first half of... the 19th century. David Wilson, a young lawyer, moves to town and a clever remark of his is misunderstood, which causes locals to brand him a "pudd'nhead" – a nitwit. His hobby of collecting fingerprints does not raise his standing in the townsfolk's eyes, who see him as an eccentric and do not frequent his law practice. read more

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Nearly everyone is familiar with the story of Dorothy from Kansas, and her little dog Toto. This is Dorothy's original adventure i...n Oz, when she's carried away from her Kansas farm by the fateful tornado. Together with her friends the Tin Woodsman, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow, Dorothy overcomes the Wicked Witch of the West, and befriends the amazing and wonderful Wizard of Oz. Those familiar only with the movie will find many more adventures in this book -- adding to the delight and wonder. First published in 1900, L. Frank Baum's classic children's tale is one of the world's most beloved, enduring fantasy classics -- and, perhaps not as recognized as it ought to be for establishing a new, wholly-American sort of mythology. read more

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Time has brought changes to the March household -- home of the girls Jo, Amy, Beth and Meg, introduced in Louisa May Alcott's clas...sic novel Little Women. Having returned safely from war, Mr. March has become a trusted and beloved minister in the local parish. Home, too, is young John Brooke, whose plans for a shared life with Meg, however modest and poor that life may turn out to be, make the eldest March girl think herself the happiest soul in Christendom. The young lovers will live in a charming little house dubbed "The Dovecote," with its front lawn the size of a handkerchief. Life promises adventures and fulfillment for the other March girls, as well -- for not only are their talents developing, but they are growing older and more accomplished in the complicated matter of living their own lives. Tomboyish Jo's curly crop is lengthening into long coils, and she is learning to carry herself with ease -- if not quite with grace. Beth has grown slender, pale, and more quiet than ever, with beautiful eyes brimming with kindness. And Amy, the flower of the family, at sixteen already has the air and bearing of a full-gown woman, and exerts an indescribable charm -- especially on young men. read more

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The hero of the sun-drenched hours, he looks godlike with his golden hair aglow in the sun as he hunts the wild beasts of field an...d wood. Yet as the light flees at the onset of evening, his self-assurance and bravado fade with the light . . . and he finds himself beset by terrors he cannot reign. Then he discovers solace, in that terrifying night -- for within the depths of his fears he encounters a strange, beautiful creature who offers him comfort -- a girl, who is as much a creature of the dark hours as he is of sunlit days. Watching over both their lives is red-haired witch Watho -- who with guilt and malice in her heart first cares for the two youths -- then jealously plots their destruction! read more

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So it must also come from those members of the Blakeney family in whose veins runs the blood of that Sir Percy Blakeney -- who is ...known to history as the Scarlet Pimpernel -- for they in a manner are responsible for the telling of this veracious chronicle. For the past eight years now -- ever since the true story of The Scarlet Pimpernel was put on record by the present author -- these gentle, kind, inquisitive friends have asked me to trace their descent back to an ancestor more remote than was Sir Percy. Strangely enough his history has never been written before. it is to the man himself -- to the memory of him which is so alive here in Haarlem -- that I am indebted for the true history of his life, and therefore I feel that but little apology is needed for placing the true facts before all those who have known him hitherto only by his picture, who have loved him only for what they guessed. The monograph which I now present with but few additions of minor details, goes to prove what I myself had known long ago, namely, that the Laughing Cavalier who sat to Frans Hals for his portrait in 1624 was the direct ancestor of Sir Percy Blakeney, known to history as the Scarlet Pimpernel. read more

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Little Sara Crewe was eight years old, she had been brought to Miss Minchin as a pupil, and left with her. Her papa had brought he...r all the way from India. Her mamma had died when she was a baby, and her papa had kept her with him as long as he could. And then, finding the hot climate was making her very delicate, he had brought her to England and left her with Miss Minchin, to be part of the Select Seminary for Young Ladies. Sara, who had always been a sharp little child, who remembered things, recollected hearing him say that he had not a relative in the world whom he knew of, and so he was obliged to place her at a boarding-school, and he had heard Miss Minchin's establishment spoken of very highly. The same day, he took Sara out and bought her a great many beautiful clothes -- clothes so grand and rich that only a very young and inexperienced man would have bought them for a mite of a child . . . read more

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And the other was the tense man with steel in eye and jaw -- the Joe of the prize-fighting ring. And it was this part of him -- th...e one created with his own sweat and blood -- he was offering to lay down, for love of Genevieve.But only after one more chance -- one last fight! Then he would never enter the ring again! read more

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"A man at once wealthy and generous? An improbable being -- but not impossible!"Standing among the milling party-goers, Sir Richar...d observes this to his millionaire host -- having just read news about Severac Bablon, a mysterious figure who has given monetary assistance to 2,000 men suddenly thrown into unemployment, in Canada.Moments later, a hush falls over this assemblage of London's wealthiest and smartest -- for they find themselves surrounded by a ring of identically dressed men -- with handguns drawn! read more

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Work, work all the night While the stars are shining bright; Work, work all the day -- I've got no time to play!Everyone is curiou...s! Farmer Brown's boy cannot figure it out. Then Peter Rabbit and Jerry Muskrat set their minds to the problem and try to wrestle it to the ground. What is happening in the peaceful meadow where the stream flowed so quietly before -- and what does Paddy Beaver have to do with it?Thornton W. Burgess, famous for his tales of "the lesser folk in fur and feathers," first entertained young readers in the 1910s . . . and his books have kept doing so, decade after decade, down to the present day. read more

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The train puffed all the way to Rockville."All out for Rockville!" joked Daddy Martin."Hurray!" cried Teddy. "Here we are!""And I ...see Uncle Frank!" exclaimed Janet.Out piled the Curlytops, and into the arms of Uncle Frank they rushed."Well, well!" cried Uncle Frank, "Pile into the wagon and well get right out to Circle O Ranch.""Where's that?" asked Teddy."Why, that's the name of my ranch," said Uncle Frank. "See, there's the sign of it," and he pointed to the flank of one of the small horses, or ponies, hitched to his wagon. read more

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In these vivid stories, London pits nature at its most extreme against men who must struggle violently to survive. Whether describ...ing ore cables strung across a valley in Sacramento gold-mine territory or the straining boards of ships battered by gales, London's eye for realism keeps his dramatic tales vivid and fresh -- even now, nearly a century after his death. read more

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American Fairy Tales by L. Frank Baum, the creator of Oz, is exactly what its title describes. The European fairy tale tradition i...s so strong that few associate "fairy tale" with American stories and storytellers, despite the rich and enduring output of their most successful creator, L. Frank Baum. Most are familiar with "tall tales" and characters like Paul Bunyan and John Henry -- these are of course fairy tales as well, of a peculiarly American stamp. But just as Alice fell down the rabbit hole chasing after the White Rabbit, so were Dorothy and Toto carried from their Kansas farm by the Tornada. With stories ranging from "The King of the Polar Bears" to "The Capture of Father Time," this book is bound to please readers of all ages. read more

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Johnny Thompson dreamed of the Russians battling in the night, the Japanese girl, and the line of footprints through the endless s...now . . . and now he woke with a sense of peril tugging at his heart. His first blurry thought was that the aperture above him had in some way darkened -- and now what he saw there made his heart pause and his eyes bulge.Directly above him, poised for a drop, was a vicious looking hook. With a keen point and a barb fully three inches across, and with a shaft of half-inch steel driven into a pole three inches in diameter and of indefinite length, it could drive right through Johnny's stomach, and pin him to the planks beneath. And, as his startled eyes stared fixedly at it, the thing shot downward! read more

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The girl sits up, puts her hands nonchalantly in her pockets, and begins to whistle. "Oh, don't, Jo," says Amy. "It's so boyish!" ..."Well, that's why I do it," says Jo. "I detest rude, unladylike girls!" "And I hate affected, niminy-piminy chits!" Even though the March girls Jo, Amy, Beth and Meg disagree about plenty of matters, on plenty of occasions, the four make up the core of a cheerful, happy household . . . at least as happy as can be expected, given the fact that father is far away from home, fighting in the war -- perhaps never to return! -- while mother is saying they should not have the pleasure of Christmas presents . . . not this year, when so many are suffering, and so many are in danger of losing their lives! read more

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"Never question the truth of what you fail to understand, for the world is filled with wonders." So says the magic pearl -- gift o...f the Mermaid Queen -- into the ears of young Prince Inga, heir to the Kingdom of Pingaree. And wonders there are indeed -- including the surprise visit from jolly King Rinkitink with his talking goat Bilbil -- and then the mysterious fog which descends upon Pingaree -- followed by boats full of warriors from the north!Pingaree -- overrun! All its peaceful people -- enslaved! Inga and Rinkitink, who have hidden themselves away, must undertake a perilous quest to set all right again. read more

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"Ha! Hum!" said Dr. Possum, again looking very wise. "You need a change of air! You must travel about. Go on a journey, get out an...d see strange birds, and pick the pretty flowers. You don't get exercise enough." "Exercise enough!" cried Uncle Wiggily. "Why, my goodness me sakes alive and a bunch of lilacs! Don't I play checkers almost every night with Grandfather Goosey Gander?" But the old rabbit gentleman took the doctor's advice -- and what did he do first but leap right into a bear's den of dangers! read more

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Hurry, hurry, hurry! Jimmy Skunk, startled by the sight of the hurrying, scurrying Mr. Toad, asks what the matter is! "I've busine...ss to attend to at the Smiling Pool! And I'm late as it is!" What business can Mr. Toad have at Smiling Pool? And how does Mr. Toad frighten fleet-footed Peter Rabbit himself? read more

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Out in the woods lives a happy rabbit gentleman named Uncle Wiggily Longears. As fond of fun as a kitten, he goes out to play when...ever the young ones come visiting.One chilly, wintry day he leaves his cozy bungalow and puts on his mittens to go for a ride in his wonderful airship -- and once aloft meets with a big surprise: for he sees a great white gander flying toward him -- with Mother Goose riding on back!Uncle Wiggily faces a host of new adventures -- and finds a wealth of new friends to enjoy them with. Little Bo Peep, Jack Horner, Simple Simon, Miss Muffett, and Old King Cole are just a few of the nursery-rhyme characters the happy rabbit gentleman is to meet! read more

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Now these pigs weren't like the pigs, which perhaps you children have seen on most farms. No, indeed! They were just the nicest cl...eanest, sweetest pigs you ever dreamed of -- not that pigs on a farm can't be clean, if they want to, but, somehow or other, no one seems to have time to see that they are clean. I guess it would take someone like Jennie Chipmunk to sweep and dust their pen for them.Anyhow the pigs I am going to tell you about were very different from most pigs, and they had some very funny adventures. read more

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"Well, it was the next spring after me and Tom Sawyer set our old nigger Jim free, the time he was chained up for a runaway slave ...down there on Tom's uncle Silas's farm in Arkansaw. The frost was working out of the ground, and out of the air, too, and it was getting closer and closer onto barefoot time every day; and next it would be marble time, and next mumblety-peg, and next tops and hoops, and next kites, and then right away it would be summer and going in a-swimming. It just makes a boy homesick to look ahead like that and see how far off summer is. . . ." read more

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The character's moniker is used as the title of the collection of the earliest stories featuring the character. He was one of the ...first of this character-type created in the wake of the huge popularity of the Sherlock Holmes stories. The Old Man in the Corner (1908) introduces one of the mystery genre's first armchair detectives and he's a peculiar case himself. He comes out of his corner on page one to intrude on a young woman journalist, Miss Burton of the Evening Observer, at her table in a tea shop. "There is no such thing as a mystery," the Old Man insists, no matter what people read in the penny press. To prove it, he sets about solving a number of crimes the police couldn't. His deductions are based mostly on accounts in the news. The book's inventive premise is the work of the Hungarian Baroness Emmuska Orczy, best-known for her creation of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Her masked hero saved aristocrats, and she gives the Old Man a touch of the upper crust as well. He claims to be "only an amateur," but his disdain for the police is like the king to the commoner. He has a rich man's -- or crazy man's -- eccentricities. He admires a clever crook, and his nervous fingers tie elaborate knots in a piece of string while he mulls the clues. "Now, follow my reasoning point by point . . ." he challenges Miss Burton, and off he goes to out-smart the sharpest criminals in London -- all without leaving the table. read more

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In this delightful tale, readers join in the adventures of Betsy Bobbins, Glinda the Good, Shaggy Man, and the Rose Princess . . .... and of course the "Patent Double-Action, Extra-Responsive, Thought-Creating, Perfect-Talking MECHANICAL MAN" -- Tik-Tok himself. read more

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They moved in a world of snow and ice and screaming wind. Great pinnacles and ridges, worn into fantastic shapes by the gale, towe...red on every side. The curtain of snow occasionally lifted to reveal white hills marching upon white hills, huge, glittering ice sheets, yawning chasms. And sometimes, farther in the distance, there would be awesome alien vistas. read more

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On the 20th day of March, 1775, a little girl was trudging along a country road, with a basket of eggs on her arm. She seemed in a... great hurry, and looked anxiously about her as she went; for those were stirring times, and Tabitha Tarbell lived in a town that took a famous part in the Revolution. She was a rosy-faced, bright-eyed lass of fourteen, full of vigor, courage, and patriotism, and just then much excited by the frequent rumors which reached Concord that the British were coming to destroy the stores sent there for safe keeping while the enemy occupied Boston. Tabby glowed with wrath at the idea, and (metaphorically speaking) shook her fist at august King George, being a stanch little Rebel, ready to fight and die for her country rather than submit to tyranny of any kind. That's from Louisa May Alcott's story, "Tabby's Tablecloth," one of the round dozen stories in this volume. read more

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Old Uncle Remus tells about the time Brer Fox grabs ahold of the horse's tail and hangs on . . . when Brer Rabbit jumps up and hol...lers out:"'Hold 'im down, Brer Fox! You got 'im now, sho'! Hold yo' grip and hold 'im down!' says he."De Hoss, he jump and he hump! And he rip and he rear, and he snort and he tear! But Brer Fox hangs on, and still Brer Rabbit skips 'round and hollers:"'Hold 'im down, Brer Fox! You got 'im whar he can't neither back nor squall! Hold 'im down, Brer Fox!' says he."Bimeby de Hoss going ter kick with his hind legs, and de fus' news you know, he fetches Brer Fox a lick in de stomach dat fa'rly makes 'im squall, and den he kick 'im ag'in, and dis time he breaks Brer Fox loose and sends 'im a-whirlin'! And Brer Rabbit, he keeps on a-jumpin' 'round and hollerin':"'Hold 'im down, Brer Fox!'"Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908), journalist and author, achieved his greatest renown for humorous folktale retellings, in his Uncle Remus stories. read more

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Work, work all the night While the stars are shining bright; Work, work all the day -- I've got no time to play! Everyone is curio...us! Farmer Brown's boy cannot figure it out. Then Peter Rabbit and Jerry Muskrat set their minds to the problem and try to wrestle it to the ground. What is happening in the peaceful meadow where the stream flowed so quietly before -- and what does Paddy Beaver have to do with it? Thornton W. Burgess, famous for his tales of "the lesser folk in fur and feathers," first entertained young readers in the 1910s . . . and his books have kept doing so, decade after decade, down to the present day. read more