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(for it was very warm in the little cradle he had spun for him-
self), and tucked them all down at his feet, and then lay down
to take a good sleep.

Every time the wind blew and shook the twig, the cradle swung
back and forth, rocking the Caterpillar into a still sounder slum-
ber. After he had been asleep a long, long time, he Avas
awakened one day by a great shaking of his cradle; and, as he
was only half awake, he thought: " Oh, those threads which I
spun must have broken! " After that there came another shake,
and Mother Nature called: " Wake up! Wake up! It is time
to come out! "

And the Caterpillar said: "How shall I get out? It is dark in
here, and I 'm very stiff from being so long in one position."

" Force your way out," answered Mother Nature. So he made
a little round hole right at his head, and pulled himself through.

" I don't call this flying! " said he. " I believe that I 'm just
the same clumsy caterpillar that I was before."

■ioH IN THh child's would.

'' Oh, no, you are not," said Mother Nature.

Then the Caterpilhir opened his eyes very Avide and looked at
his feet and did not know what to say, for they were changed
entirely; and, while he was wondering, he felt something grow-
ing looser and looser all around his body. " Oh! " thought he,
"I'm falling to pieces!'"' and he caught hold of his old cradle
with his feet and hung on quite frightened, shutting his eyes
and shaking all over. After he had hung there for a little while
he grew quieter; and finally he heard Mother Nature saying
gently : ' • My dear Moth ! "

He looked up. " You don't mean me," said he; *' I 'm a

But Mother Nature answered, "No, not now. Do you not
remember? You wanted to fly; so while you were asleep in that
cradle I changed you into a moth. Now you have wings and
can fly! "'

And sure enough he really Jiad wings — beautiful wings! They
had been rolled around his body when he first came out, but
now he began to wave them back and forth, and soon they were
dry and strong.

Then away he flew, fluttering gaily over the green fields; for
now he did not have to crawl about slowly and live upon mul-
berry leaves, but could fly wherever he chose, sipping honey
from the beautiful flowers.

Nettie Fleming.


Silkworm on the mulberry tree,
Spin a silken robe for me;
Draw the threads out line and strong.
Longer yet — and very long;
Longer yet — 'twill not be done
Till a thousand more are spun,
Silkworm, turn this mulberry tree
Into silken threads for me!

All day long, and many a day.
Busy silkworms spin away;
Some are ending, some beginning,
Nothing thinking of but spinningi

IX TJii:; child's would. 439

AVell for them I Like silver Kght,
All the threads are smooth and bright;
Pure as day the silk must be,
Woven from the mulberry tree!

Te are spinning well and fast;
'Twill be finished all at last.
Twenty thousand threads are drawn
Finer than the finest lawn;
And as long, this silken twine.
As the equinoctial line!
What a change ! The mullierry tree
Turneth into silk for me !

Mauy Howitt.


Once upon a time the Chinese people dressed chiefly in the skins
of animals, but these began to grow scarce and the question arose
a£ to what the people should do for clothing.

According to the old stories the answer was found in this way.
Hoangti, the third emperor of China (3600 B. C.), had a wife
named Si Ling Shi, and Si Ling Shi, who must have been a
thoughtful woman, and interested in the welfare of the people,
began to try to tind some material which should take the place
of the animal skins.

Nothing did she find, liowever, even with much thought and
searching, until one morning when she was Avalking as usual in
the beautiful palace garden among the mulberry trees.

Si Ling Shi had probably often seen the silkworm cocoons there
before, but on this day as she looked at the loose, filmy outside webs
of the cocoons, the idea came to her that a fabric which could be
used for clothing might be made out of these delicate threads.
ISIany earnest people had to give a great deal of thought to the
Avork, and many trials had to be made, but at last the way was
found. The threads were wound otf from the cocoons, twisted
together and woven, and thus was made the shining, rustling stuff
which we call silk.

The people were so grateful to the Avise, observant and
ingenious Si Ling Shi for her discovery, that they ever after
called her the '' (loddess of the Silkworm.'' E. P.


A Barnyard Talk 324

A Boston Thanksgiving Story 93

Adventure, The Minnow's 242

A Kitten Rhyme 145

A Lessiin of Faith. 307

An All-the-Year-Round Story 113

A Narrow Escape 356

An Autumn Song 48

An Old-fashioned Rhyme 30

An Old Story, Sequel to 419

Ant, The Dove and the 80

Ants, A Story of (Mrs. Flyaway) 361

Apple-Seed John 59

Apple, The Sleeping 7

Apple Trees, The Four 256

Arbutus, The Indian Legend of 375

A Surprise 274

A True Pigeon Story 81

A True Story of a Dog 180

Autumn 45

Autumn, Birds in 11

Autumn Song, An 48

A Visit to the Weaver 408

A Wise Old Horse. 151

Baby Buds' Winter Clothes, The 47

Bag of Winds, Odysseus and the 09

Baker, The 82

Bakery, Nero at the 88

Barn, Christmas in the 119

Barnyard Talk, A 324

Basket, The Flower 106

Beans Came Up, How the 382

Beauty, Sucha 317

Beel, The 344

Bee 11, The 352

Bees, Edith and the 348

Bees, Solomon and the 360

Bird. Child and 290

Birds ..•• 282

Birds' Christmas, The 125

Birds in Autumn 11

Birds, Lisa and the 13

Birds' Nests S92

Birds. The Farmer and the 320

Bird Thoughts 16

Birthday Cake, ITeddy's 88

Birthday, Frcebel's 279

Birthday, Song for Frcebel's 281

Birthday, Washington's 197

Blacksmith, The 201

Boston Thanksgiving Story, A 93

Boy Got a New Shirt, How the Little. 414
Boy, The Rhyme of the Little Idle. . . . 346

Boys, The Chestnut 49

Breeze, The Story of a. 390

Brook and the Water Wheel, The 837

Butterfly, The 302

Butterflies, Some Common 306

Cakp, Teddy's Birthday 88

Cake, The Johnny 85

Camp, The Logging 19

Carpenter, The 25

Cat, The 140

Caterpillar, The 313

Chestnut Boys, The 49

Chicken, The Lost. 333

Chickens, The Hen and 331

Child and Bird 290

Children, The Cobbler and the 189

China Rabbit Family, The 80

Christel, The Dream of Little Ill

Christmas 117

Christmas in the Barn 119

Christmas, The Birds' 125

Cleverness of a Sheep Dog 178

Clock. The 33

Clock Told Doily, What the 36

Clothes, The Baby Buds' Winter 47

Clytie 374

Coal 214

Cobbler, The 181

Cobbler and the Children, The 189

Colors, The Nest of Many 297

Common Butterflies, Some — 306

Constant Dove, The 80

Cornwallis' Kncebuckles. Lord 172

Cotton 420

Cotton Field Stories 421



Cow, The 157

Cow that Lost her Tall, The 161

Crane Express, The 14

Cycle, The Dandelion 69

Dandelion, How West Wind Helped. . 65

Day, Mabel on Midsummer's 384

Day, St. Valentine's 191

Day, Thanksgiving 90

Deeds of Kindness, Little 27

Did, What They 371

Discontented Pendulum, The 41

Dog and the Kitten, The 180

Dog, Cleverness of a 178

Dog, The 174

Dog, A True Story of a 180

Dolly, What the Clock Told 36

Dove and the Ant, The.. 80

Dove, The Constant 80

Do What you Can 235

Dream of Little Christel, The Ill

Echo, The Story of . . . 257

Edith and the Bees 348

Escape, A Narrow 356

Express, The Crane 14

Fairy's New Year Gift, The 138

Faith, A Lesson of 307

Family, Spotty's 146

Family, The China Rabbit 86

Fantail Pigeon, The 76

Farmer, The 321

Farmer and the Birds, The 325

Fed his Friend, The Horse that 156

Fishes 2.39

Five Peas in a Pod .53

Flax, The 426

Flax Flower, The 432

Flower Basket or Loving and Giving, 106

Flowers 366

Flyaway, Mrs 361

Fountain, The Immortal 222

Four Apple Trees, The 256

PMend, The Horse that Fed hi.s 156

Frisk Came Home, How 176

Froebel, Friedrich 276

Frcebel's Birthday, Song for 281

Frost and his Work, Jack 104

Fruits 3

Gift, The Fairy's New Year 138

Give Thanks, To Whom shall we 219

Goddess of the Silkworm, The 430

Golden Touch, The 213

coody Two ^hoes 184

Go Sleep Story, The 115

Gustava, Little .32»

Haarlem, The Little Hero of 232

Helpers, Spring and Her 265

Hen and Chickens, The .331

Hero of Haarlem, The Little 232

Honest Woodman, The 32

Horse, The. 148

Horse, A Wise Old 151

Horse that Fed his Friend, The 156

Household, The Plant 373

How Frisk Came Home 176

How Patty Gave Thanks 94

How the Beans Came Up 382

How the Little Boy Got a New Shirt . 414
How West Wind Helped Dandelion. . . 65

Idle Boy, The Rhyme of the Little ... 316

Immortal Fountain, The 22J

Indian Legend of the Arbutus, Thr... :',7.>

Jack and Jenny Sparrow 285

Jack Frost and his Work 104

Jet, My 144

John, Apple-Seed .59

Johnny Cake, The S5

John's Trousers 410

Kindness, Little Deeds of 27

Kind Old Oak, The 48

Kitten Rhyme, A 145

Kitten, The Dog and the 18(>

Kneebuckles, Lord Cornwallis' 172

Lamb, Molly's 416

Legend of the Arbutus, The 375

liCSSon of Faith, A 307

Lesson. Pe-wee's 336

Life of a Silkworm, The 434

Linda and the Lights 404

Linen 426

Lisa and the Birds 13

Litt'e Boy Got a New Shirt, How the. 414

Little Christel, Dream of Ill

Little Deeds of Kindness 27

Little Gustava 329

Little Hero of Haarlem, The 232

Little Idle Boy, The Rhyme of 346

Little Plant, The 377

Little Servants 108

Little Worm that was Glad to be Alive 272

Little Yellow- wine — 288

Logging Camp, The 19

Lord Cornwallis' Kneebuckles 172

Lost Chicken, The 33i

T;Ost her Tail, The Cow that 16.1


A l.I'H A 1! Kl'TICA 1. IM»K \ .

Mabel on Midsummer's Day :i84

Machinery Masic 4~l

Maple Tree's Surprise, The — 25S»

Meeting of the Wind?. The 20!)

MillcToldme, The Story the 160

Miner. The S0!»

Minnow's Adventure, The 242

Molly's Lamb.. 416

Moon and the Stars, The 401

Morning-glory Seed, The Story uf a . . 399

Mouse, Santa Clans anil the 122

Mrs. Flyaway — 361

Mr. Stickleback 247

My Jet 144

!Nahum Prince 205

Narrow Escape, A .356

^'eptune 236

Nero at the Bakery 88

Nest of Many Colors, The 297

Nests, Birds' 292

Nest, The Sparrow's .300

New "i'ear, The 131

New Year Gift. The Fairy's 138

North Wind at Play 71

Oak. The Kind Old 48

Odysseus and the Bag of Winds 69

Old-fashionetl Rhyme, An 30

Old Horse, A Wise 151

Old Story, Setiuel to an 41!;

Patty (Jave Thanks, How 94

Pearl and her Pigeons 79

Peas in a Pod, Five — 53

Pegasus 154

Pendulum, The Discontented 41

Pe-wee's Lesson 3.36

Philips Valentine 191

Piccola 129

Pigeons, The 73 i

Pigeons, Pearl and Her 79 ,

Pigeon Story, A True Kl ]

Pigeon, The Fantail 76 I

Plant Household, The 378 j

Plant, The Little 377 |

Play, North Wind at 71

Pod, Five Peas in a 53

Prince, T^ ahum 205 '

Psyche's Task 57

Pussy Willow 262

Rabbit Family, The China 86

Rhyme, A Kitten 145

Rhyme, An old-fash'oned .30

Rhyme of the Lifle Idle Boy, The.. . 34
Ro<-*ky, Stony and 230 ,

Sandpipers, The 290

Santa Claus and the M'luse I'.i3

Scarecrow, The 296

See, Wait and 7

Seed, The Story of a Morning-glory. . . 39!)

Seeds 51

Seeing Shoes Made — 187

Servants, Little 108

Sheep Dog, Cleverness < >f a 1 78

Shirt, How a little Boy (Jot a New 41 J

Shoes Made, Seeing 187

Silk.... 4.4

Silkworn), The 4:i.s

Silkworm. The Goddess of the 4.1!)

Silkwoim, The Life of a 4:)4

Sleeping Apple. The 7

Smith. Vulcan the Mighty 20t;

Snowflakes 220

Solomon and the Bees 3B0

Some Common Butterflies .306

Song, An Autumn 48

Song for Fni-bel's Birthday 281

Sparrow. .lack and Jenny 285

Sparrow's Nest, The 300

Speckle, The Story of 3;^7

Spotty's Family 146

Spring 263

Spring and her Helpers 265

S(iuirre s, The Thrifty. 101

Stars, The Moon and the 401

Stickleback, Mr 247

Stony and Rocky , 2.30

Stories, Cotton Field 421

Story, An AlUthe Year-Round \Xi

Story, A True Pigeon 81

Story of a Breeze, The 3'X)

Story of a Dog, A True 180

Story of Echo, The 2.57

Story of a Morning-glory Seed, The. . . 399

Story of Speckle, The 337

Story, Sequel to an Old 419

Story, The Boston Thanksgiving 93

Story, The Go-Sleep 115

Story the Milk Told me. The 160

Story, The "Wake Up 113

St. Valentine's Day 191

Such a Beauty 317

Suggestions 213

Summer 379

Sun, The Wind and the 396

Sunbeams, The .398

Sunshine.. 3i3

Surprise, A 274

Surprise, The Maple Tree's 259



Tail, The Cow that Lost Her 161

Talk, A Barnyard 324

Task, Psyche's 57

Teddy's Birthday Cake 88

Thanks, How Patty Gave 94

Thanks. To Whom shall we Give ai9

Thanksgiving Day 90

Thanksgiving Story, The Boston. 93

They Did, What 371

Thoughts, Bird 16

Thrifty Squirrels, The 101

Touch, The Golden 213

To Whom shall we Give Thanks ? 219

Trees 253

Tree. The 259

Trees, The Four Apple 256

Tree's Surprise, The Maple 259

Trousers, John's 410

True Pigeon Story, A 81

True Story of a Dog, A 180

Two Shoes, Goody 184

Valentine, Philip's 191

Valentine's Day, St 191

Visit to the Weaver's, A 408

Vulcan the Mighty Smith 206

Wait and See 7

Wake rp Story, The 113

Washington's Birthday 197

Water, 1 216

Water. II 237

Waterbloom, The «»

Water Wheel, The Brook and the 237

Weaver, A Visit to the 408

Weaver, The 407

West Wind Helped Dandelion, How. • 63

What the Clock Told Dolly 36

What They Did 371

Willow, Pussy 262

Wind, The 62

Wind at Play, Korth 71

Wind and the Sun, The 396

Wind Helped Dandelion, How West. . 65

Winds, Odysseus and the Bag of 69

Winds, The Meeting of the 269

Winter 98

Winter Clothes, The Baby Buds' 47

Wise Old Horse, A 151

Wood 17

Woodman, The Honest 22

Wool 413

Work, Jack Frost and His 104

Worm, The Little 278

Year, The New 131

Yellow-wing, Little 288

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