01Mar
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Little Ida’s Flowers

Little Ida’s Flowers

“My poor flowers are quite dead,” said little Ida. “They were so pretty last evening, but now every leaf has withered and drooped. Why do they do that?” she asked the student who sat on the sofa. She was very fond of him because he told such good stories and could cut such amusing figures […]

01Mar
2012
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The Little Green Ones

The Little Green Ones

A rose tree drooped in the window. Not so long ago it was green and blooming, but now it looked sickly – something was wrong with it. A regiment of invaders were eating it up; and, by the way, it was a very decent and respectable regiment, dressed in green uniforms. I spoke to one […]

01Mar
2012
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Little Claus and Big Claus

Little Claus and Big Claus

In a village there lived two men who had the self-same name. Both were named Claus. But one of them owned four horses, and the other owned only one horse; so to distinguish between them people called the man who had four horses Big Claus, and the man who had only one horse Little Claus. […]

01Mar
2012
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A Leaf from Heaven

A Leaf from Heaven

High up in the thin, clear air there flew an angel bearing a flower from the garden of heaven. As he kissed it, a tiny leaf drifted down into the muddy soil in the middle of the wood; it very soon took root there, and sprouted, and sent up shoots among the other plants. “That’s […]

01Mar
2012
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The Last Pearl

The Last Pearl

There was a rich and happy house. All those in it-the owners, and servants, and friends, too-were happy and cheerful, for on this day a son and heir had been born, and mother and child were doing well. The lamp in the cozy bedroom had been partly covered, and heavy curtains of costly silken material […]

01Mar
2012
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Kept Secret but not Forgotten

Kept Secret but not Forgotten

There was once an old mansion with a moat and drawbridge. The drawbridge was more often up than down; not all visitors are good or welcome. Under the eaves were loopholes to shoot out through, and for throwing boiling water, yes, even molten lead, down on the enemy if he approached too closely. Indoors were […]

01Mar
2012
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The Jumpers

The Jumpers

Once upon a time a flea, a grasshopper, and a jumping goose wanted to see which one could jump the highest; so they invited the whole world, and even a few others, to come to a festival to watch the test. They were three famous jumpers indeed, and they all met together in a big […]

01Mar
2012
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The Jewish Girl

The Jewish Girl

Among the other children in the charity school was a little Jewish girl, clever and good-in fact, the brightest of them all. But there was one class she could not attend, the one where religion was taught, for she was in a Christian school. During the hour of this class, she had her geography book […]

01Mar
2012
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It’s Quite True!

It’s Quite True!

“It’s a dreadful story!” said a hen, and she said it in a part of town, too, where it had not taken place. “It’s a dreadful story to happen in a henhouse. I’m afraid to sleep alone tonight; it’s a good thing there are many of us on the perch!” And then she told a […]

01Mar
2012
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In the Duck Yard

In the Duck Yard

A duck arrived from Portugal. Some people said she came from Spain, but that doesn’t really matter. She was called the Portuguese; she laid eggs, and was killed and dressed and cooked; that’s the story of her life. But all the ducklings that were hatched from her eggs were also called Portuguese, and there’s some […]