01Mar
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The Days of the Week

The Days of the Week

The days of the week once wanted to be free to get together and have a party. But each of the seven days was so occupied, the year around, that they had no time to spare. They wanted a whole extra day; but then they had that every four years, the intercalary day that comes […]

01Mar
2012
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The Darning Needle

The Darning Needle

Once upon a time there was a darning needle who imagined she was so fine that she really was a sewing needle. “Be careful and hold me tightly!” she warned the fingers that picked her up. “Don’t drop me! If I fall on the floor you may never find me again; that’s how fine I […]

01Mar
2012
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Danish Popular Legends

Danish Popular Legends

Denmark is rich in old legends of heroes, of churches and manor houses, of hills and fields, and of the bottomless moorland. These stories date from the days of the great plague, from times of war, and from times of peace. They live on in books or on the tongues of people. They fly far […]

01Mar
2012
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Dance, Dance, Doll of Mine!

Dance, Dance, Doll of Mine!

“Yes, this is a song for very small children!” declared Aunt Malle. “As much as I should like to, I cannot follow this ‘Dance, Dance, Doll of Mine!’ “ But little Amalie could; she was only three years old, played with dolls, and brought them up to be just as wise as Aunt Malle. There […]

01Mar
2012
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The Daisy

The Daisy

Now listen to this! Out in the country, close by the side of the road, there stood a country house; you yourself have certainly seen many just like it. In front of it was a little flower garden, with a painted fence around it. Close by the fence, in the midst of the most beautiful […]

01Mar
2012
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Croak!

Croak!

All the birds of the forest were sitting upon the branches of the trees, which had quite enough leaves; and yet the birds were unanimous in their desire for more leaves – the “leaves” of a journal; a new, good journal was what they longed for – a critical newspaper such as humans have so […]

01Mar
2012
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The Cripple

The Cripple

There was an old manor house where a young, splendid family lived. They had riches and many blessings; they liked to enjoy themselves, and yet they did a lot of good. They wanted to make everybody happy, as happy as they themselves were. On Christmas Eve a beautifully decorated Christmas tree stood in the large […]

01Mar
2012
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The Court Cards

The Court Cards

Oh, so many dainty things can be cut out of pasteboard and pasted together! In this fashion there was cut and pasted a castle so large that it took up a whole table top, and it was painted so that it seemed to be built out of red brick. It had a shining copper roof; […]

01Mar
2012
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The Comet

The Comet

Now there came a comet with its shiny nucleus and its menacing tail. People from the great castles and people from the poor huts gazed at it. So did the crowd in the street, and so did the man who went his solitary way across the pathless heath. Everyone had his own thoughts. “Come and […]