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IN TABLELAND



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BY EMMA- SERL




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11 IN FABLELAND is charming
and I congratulate you upon put-
ting forth so desirable a "book.
The illustrations are delightful,
the print good, and the stories
well told."

NELLIE E. BARTON,

Training Department,
State Normal School,
Cheney, Wash.



"IN FABLELAND has "been used
with delightful success in our
First Grade and even in the Low
Second, where we frequently
dramatize the stories."

MARIE E. HALL,

State Normal School,
Chico, Gal.




IN FABLELAND



BY

EMMA SERL

If

TEACHER OF PRIMARY METHODS, NORMAL TRAINING
DEPARTMENT, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

ILLUSTRATED BY

HARRY E. WOOD




SILVER, BURDETT & COMPANY

BOSTON NEW YORK CHICAGO



FOR EXAMINATION

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Copyright,
By Silver, Burdett and Company




IN TABLELAND

WITH

LEO, the lion
LOBO, the wolf
REYNARD, the fox

BRUIN, the bear

BRUNO, the dog
DOBBIN, the horse
PUSSY, the cat
BUNNY, the hare
and their friends.



hundred times as big as a fox. His
eyes are like fire, and his teeth are
like swords."

"I hope I shall never meet him,"
said Reynard; "I know I should die of
fright."

Then Reynard saw the goat. He
was lying in the shade of a tree, chew-
ing his cud.

"Billy," said Reynard, "did you ever
see Leo, the lion?"

"Yes, I saw him once," said Billy.
"His head is as big as a house. His
mouth is like a cave, and his paws are
like trees. Oh, he is a dreadful animal! 55

"I hope I shall never meet him," said



:eynard; "I know I should die of
ight."

The next day he saw Pussy, the cat.
"Pussy," said Reynard, "did you ever
see Leo, the lion?"

"Don't talk to me about him," said
Puss. "It frightens me to think of
him. I saw him once. He had just
killed a deer. He is a terrible animal.
When he roars the ground trembles.
When he growls the trees shake. And
when he walks in the woods the other
animals run and hide."

"I hope that I shall never meet
him," said Reynard; "I know I should
die of fright."



"Listen," said Pussy. "I think I
hear him coming. Yes, there he is.
Bun, Beynard, run!"

But Eeynard was too frightened to
run. He lay down behind some bushes
and nearly died of fright.

After the lion had passed on, Eeynard
came out of the bushes and ran home.

"He is more dreadful than Bruin or
Billy or Pussy said he was. I hope I
shall never meet him again," he said.

A few days later Eeynard was hunt-
ing in the woods. Again he heard the
roar of Leo. This time Eeynard sat
down behind a rock and watched him
as he passed by.

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"Well," said he, "that lion fright-
ened me dreadfully, but he is not
so terrible as the animals said."

The next morning Eeynard was on
the mountain. He saw Leo sitting in




front of his den. He did not try to
hide this time.

He walked up to the lion and said,
"Good morning. Friend Leo. How are
you this fine day?"



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THE FOX AND THE CROW

One day Mrs. Crow found a fine
piece of cheese.

"Here is a nice meal for my little
ones," she said. "I will take it home
to them. But first I '11 rest in this tree."

Keynard, the fox, passed by the tree.
He was on his way to the river for
some ducks. He looked up into the
tree and saw Mrs. Crow.

"Oh," said he to himself, "Mrs.
Crow has a fine piece of cheese. I
wish I had it. Perhaps I can get it.
If I can make her open her mouth

that cheese is mine."

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Then he said out loud, "Good morn-
ing, Mrs. Crow. How well you are
looking to-day! I never saw you look
so beautiful. Won't you talk to me a
little?"

But Mrs. Crow did not say a word.

"I must try again," thought Reynard.

So he said, "Do you know what
Lobo, the wolf, said about you? He
said that you had a sweeter voice for
singing than any bird in the woods."

Now this pleased Mrs. Crow very
much. She was so silly as to believe
all that the fox told her. She hoped
he would talk some more, so she sat
quite still and listened.

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"Dear Mrs.
Crow/ 5 said
Keynard, "how
I should love to
hear your voice !
Won't you
please sing one
little song for
me? Then I
will go to Leo,
the lion, and
tell him that I
have found the
Queen of Birds."

Silly Mrs.
Crow knew that




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she could not sing but she thought
she would: try. She opened her mouth
and said, "Caw, caw," as loud as she
could.

As she did so the cheese fell to the
ground. Keynard quickly ate it up.

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"Thank you, Mrs. Crow," he said, "for
my good dinner. That was the best
cheese I ever tasted. Now let me give
you this advice: do not believe all that
foxes tell you."




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THE WOLF AND THE KID

A herd of goats were eating grass
on the side of a hill.

"Don't go away/' said a mother goat
to her little one. " Stay here and the
dogs will take care of you. If you
go away Lobo, the wolf, may catch
you."

"All right, Mother," said the little
kid; "I will not go far."

For a while he ate the grass near
the others.

Then he said to himself, "What is
the use of staying here all the time?
This grass is dry. I can see some

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grass by the pond that is fresh and
green. I am going down there. I
don't believe Lobo is near."

So the little kid ran down the hill.

Now Lobo, the wolf, was hidden in
the bushes near the pond. He wanted
to catch something to eat.

"There is a fine little kid," he said
to himself. "I think he is coming this
way. If he does I will catch hinL
What a fine dinner he will make!"

When the little kid came near, Lobo
jumped out and caught him by the
neck.

"Oh, Wolf," said the kid, "are you
going to kill me?"

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"Yes," said Lobo, "I am going to
eat you for dinner."

"Before I die I should like to ask
one thing," said the little kid.

"Well, what is it?" asked Lobo.

"I have heard, Lobo," said the kid,
"that you can play beautifully on the
horn."

"Yes, I can play a little," said Lobo.

"Then, dear Lobo," said the kid,
"won't you play a tune and let me
dance a little before I die? I love to
dance."

"I never saw a kid dance," said
Lobo, "but I will play for you."

So Lobo played and the kid danced.

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"That is fine, Lobo!" said the kid.
"But can't you play a little louder? I
like loud music to dance by."

So Lobo played as loud as he could.

The dogs who were watching the
goats heard the noise.



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"What can be the matter?" said the
leader. "Let us go and see."

They ran down the hill and there
they saw Lobo playing and the poor
little kid dancing.

The dogs at once jumped upon the
wolf. Lobo dropped his horn and ran*
for the woods.

"How silly I was," he said to him-
self, "to play for that kid instead of
eating him!"




THE DOG IN THE MANGER

"I wish I could find a quiet place to
take a nap," said Bruno one day. "The
flies bother me in my kennel. 55

"Why don't you go into the barn? 55
asked Pussy. "It is cool there, and the
hay is soft and sweet. 55

"That will be a good place/ 5 said
Bruno. " I am glad you told me about
it. Pussy. 55

In the barn he found a manger full
of hay. He curled himself up there
and was soon fast asleep.

At noon the oxen came home from
their work. They were hungry and

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wanted the hay which was in the
manger.

The dog woke up and snapped and
growled at them.

"Please go away and let us have
our dinner," said one of the oxen. "We
are hungry. 55

"I won't go away," growled Bruno.
" I shall stay here as long as I like. 5 '

"You don't eat hay, do you? 55 asked
the other ox.

"Of course I don't eat hay," said
Bruno. "Who ever heard of a dog
eating hay?"

"Well then, get away and let us
have it," said the oxen.

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But Bruno only barked louder and
louder.

"You are a selfish fellow," said the
ox. "You can't eat the hay yourself
and yet you will not let any one else
have it."

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THE LION AND THE GNAT

One day Leo lay down to rest. A
little gnat came and stung him on
the nose.

"Go away/ 5 said Leo, "or I will hit
you with my big paw."

"I am not afraid of you/ 5 said the
gnat. "I shall stay here as long as I
please."

"Do you say that you are not afraid
of me? 55 roared Leo. "You'd better go
away. Don't you know that I am
king of the beasts? I am stronger
than any animal in the forest."

"You think you are too big and

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strong for me," said the little gnat.
"I am little but I can fight you just
the same."

" You fight me ? " said Leo. Why, I
could kill a hundred gnats with one
blow of my paw."

"Perhaps you could," said the gnat,
"but let us fight."

"All right," said Leo. "Go ahead."

Then the gnat stung Leo on his lip.

"There is my first blow," said the
gnat.

Leo tried to strike the gnat with his
paw. But the gnat was so quick that
Leo hit his own face instead. His
claws tore the flesh and made it bleed.

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The gnat stung Leo in tlie corner
of his eye.

"Did you feel that, King Leo?" he
asked.

Again Leo struck at the gnat but

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only hit himself again. This time his
sharp claw went into his eye.

"Never mind/' said Leo, "I'll catch
you yet!"

The gnat stung him on the nose.

Leo began to get angry. "I must
hit quicker and harder," he said to
himself, "if I want to catch that little
gnat."

So Leo hit harder and harder. The
gnat stung him again and again. Each
time Leo hit himself.

At last Leo said, "I can't stand this
any longer. My face is all covered
with blood and my eyes are nearly
swelled shut. 55 .

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He got up and ran away as fast as
he could.

"Ho, ho!" laughed the gnat. "Now,
who is king, I wonder? Not the lion,
I think."

Then the gnat flew away through
the forest.

"I will stop here," he said "This
is a good place to rest awhile."

He flew to a little bush and lighted
on one of its leaves. But he did not see
the web which Madam Spider had just
finished spinning. His gauzy wings
were caught in the silken threads.

"I am caught, oh, I am caught!"
cried the gnat.

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He tried and tried to get free, but
the web caught his wings and held
him fast.

"I shall die and be eaten up/' he said.
"I cannot get away. I can fight a big
lion but I cannot save myself from a
little spider,,"




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THE HARE AND HER FRIENDS

All the animals liked Bunny, the
hare. She was so little and kind and
good. She did not play tricks like
Reynard and she did not tell stories
like Lobo.

"I am your friend, Bunny," said
Dobbin, the horse. "I would do any-
thing for you."

"I am your friend too, Bunny," said
the goat. "Call 011 me if you want
anything."

"We are all your friends, Bunny,"
said the other animals. "We will help
you at any time. You are so good,"

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"I am glad you all like me," said
Bunny. "One cannot have too many
friends."

One day Bunny heard the dogs
coming.

"I must get away/ 5 she said. "If
those dogs catch me they will kill
me in a minute. I will ask some of
my good friends to help me."

Just then the horse came down the
road.

"Oh, Dobbin/' called Bunny, "the
dogs are coming. I am afraid they
will catch me and eat me. You can
run so fast; won't you carry me away
on your back?"

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"I should like to, Bunny," said Dob-
bin, "but I have to work to-day. Come
to me some other time when you are
in trouble. You have so many friends;
ask some one else to help you. There
is the donkey. Ask him."

"Oh, Donkey," cried Bunny, "the
dogs are coming. They will catch
me and eat me. Won't you carry
me away on your back?"

" I am very sorry, little Bunny," said
the donkey, "but I am not very well
to-day. I don't feel like running fast.
Some one else will help you. There is
the goat. Ask him."

"Oh, Billy," cried Bunny, "the dogs



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are coming. Can't you hear them?
They will catch me and eat me. Please
carry me away on your back."

"Why, Bunny," said Billy, "I should
be glad to, but you see my back is
so rough. I am afraid it might hurt
your little feet. There is the sheep.
He has a nice soft woolly back. He
can carry you. Ask him."

"Oh, Sheep," cried Bunny, "the dogs
are coming. I am afraid they will
catch me and eat me. Won't you
carry me away on your soft back?"

"I cannot help you this time,
Bunny," said the sheep. "You know
some dogs bite sheep. I do not want



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them to see me with you. There is
the calf. He can run. Ask him."

"Oh, Calf," cried Bunny, "the dogs
are coming. I am afraid they will eat
me. Please take me away."

"I should like to help you," said the
calf, "but I am afraid to do so. So
many older and wiser animals have re-
fused you, I think I'd better not try.
You know I am quite young."

"Well," said Bunny, "there is only
one thing left for me to do. I must
run. My own legs will save me if my
friends will not."



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THE FOX AND THE GRAPES

Keyiiard, the fox, was very thirsty.
He had not found any water all day.
He said to himself, "I shall die if I
do not have a drink soon."

Sitting by the fence he saw Bunny,
the hare.

"Oh, Bunny/' he called, "come here.
I won't hurt you. I want to talk to
you. Do you know where I can get a
drink? I am so thirsty."

"Yes," said Bunny, "I know where
there is a nice spring of cold water,
but it is a long way from here."

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Keynard said, "Take me to it, Bunny,
and I will give you something."

"No/ 5 said Bunny, "I can't go with
you. I am going after some cabbage.
But you can find it if you go down
the road to the big rock. I am in a
hurry, so good-by."

Reynard hunted and hunted for the
spring but could not find It.

Then he met Lobo, the wolf.

"Oh, Lobo," he said, "do you know
where I can get a drink? I am so
thirsty."

Lobo said, " No, I do not know where
there is any water but I know where
there are some nice grapes, I ate some

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once when I was
thirsty. Jump
over this fence
and run up the
hill. You will find
them there. I am
going to catch a
sheep. Good-by."

Reynard found
the grapes but
they were in a
high tree.

"What fine
juicy grapes!" he
said. "How sweet
they will taste!




I shall not be thirsty after I get some
of them. I cannot climb the tree but
I think I can jump and reach them

So he jumped and jumped.

"This is hard work/ 5 said he. "I
wish they were not so high."

Then he jumped again and again.

At last he said, "I cannot get them.
But I do not care. I know they are
sour grapes."





THE LION'S SHARE

Reynard stopped at Leo's home one
afternoon.

"Oh, Leo," he called, "are you at
home?"

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"Yes, I am here," said the lion.
"What do you want?"

"The donkey and I are going hunt-
ing," said Reynard. " We want you to
go with us."

"I shall be glad to go," said Leo.
"I was just wishing for something
to eat."

So the lion, the donkey, and the fox
started out together.

They had not gone far when they
caught a fine large deer.

"Let us rest here and eat it," said
Leo. "I am hungry. Donkey, you
divide it. Give each one the part he
should have."

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So the donkey took the deer and
divided it into three equal parts

"Now I think the parts are even,"
he said. " Which part do you want,
Leo?"

Leo looked at the parts. Then he
grew angry.

"What do you mean. Donkey, by
taking so much for yourself?" he said.

"The parts are even," said the don-
key. "If you don't like the way I
have divided it you need not take
any."

This made Leo still more angry.
He sprang upon the donkey and killed
him.

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"Now, Reynard," he said, " there are
only two of us. See if you can divide
the deer."

Then Reynard put all the meat in
one pile except a little piece of the
leg. He put this off by itselfc

"This big pile is your share, Leo,"
said Reynard. "This little piece of
the leg is mine."

Leo was very much pleased with
the fox.

"Reynard," he said, "who taught
you how to divide the deer so well?"

"The dead donkey taught me how,"
said Reynard.



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LOBO AND THE LAMB

Lobo was hungry and thirsty.

"I wish I could find some good cold
water," he said.

Soon he met Leo, the lion.

"Leo," he said, "do you know where
I can get a drink?"

"Yes," said Leo; "there is a fine
stream on the other side of the
hill."

Lobo ran over the hill as fast as he
could.

There he found the stream of clear,
cold water.

"How good this is!" he said. "Now

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if I only had something to eat I should
be happy."

He looked down the stream and
there on the other side was a little
lamb.

"There is my dinner," said Lobo.
"Such a nice fat lamb! I must find
some excuse for killing him."

So he called out in an angry voice,
"How dare you make the water
muddy when I want to drink it?"

"I am not making it muddy," said
the lamb. "Don't you see that the
water runs from you to me? See how
clear and bright it is."

Lobo saw that he had made a mis-

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take. "1 must find some other way to
quarrel," lie said to himself.

Then he said out loud, "You are the
lamb who called me names last year,
Reynard told me you did."

"Reynard has told you a story," said
the lamb. "I have never talked about
you; and I was not born a year ago."

"Well," said the wolf, "if it was not
you it must have been your father.
Anyway it is all the same."

Then the wolf sprang across the
stream, caught the poor lamb, and ate
him up.



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REYNARD AND MRS. CRANE

"I think I will play a trick on Mrs.
Crane," said Reynard one day.

So he went to the pond where Mrs.
Crane lived.

"Good morning, Mrs. Crane," said
Eeynard. "You have not been to my
house for a long time. Won't you
come and take dinner with me to-day?"

"Thank you, Eeynard," said Mrs.
Crane. "I shall be glad to come."

When dinner was ready, all they
had to eat was soup served in a big
flat dish.

"Come and eat," said Eeynard. "I
hope you will like this good hot soup/ 3

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Mrs. Crane with her long bill could
get nothing out of the dish.

Reynard with his broad tongue
quickly ate up all the soup.

"Why, Mrs. Crane/' said Reynard,
"you didn't eat anything."



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"No," said Mrs. Crane, "I can't eat
out of such a flat dish."

Reynard laughed at Mrs. Crane.

"That is a good joke," he said.

"I must go now," said Mrs. Crane.
"Won't you come and take dinner
with me to-morrow?"

" Thank you," said Eeynard. "I shall
be glad to."

So next day Reynard went to Mrs.
Crane's home.

"Good morning, Reynard," said Mrs.
Crane. "Dinner is ready. Come this
way. Here is soup in this tall jar.
I hope you will like it."

The jar was tall and the neck was

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narrow. The soup did not reach to the
top. Eeynard could not get a taste.
Mrs. Crane with her long bill ate it all.
"How do you like my joke/ Rey-
nard?" asked Mrs. Crane.

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THE DOG AND HIS SHADOW

One day Mr. Brown, the butcher,
said, "Are you hungry, Bruno? You
look nearly starved. Here is a fine
piece of meat."

Bruno was glad to get the meat,,
He started for home as fast as he
could run. On the way he passed
Reynard, the fox.

"Hello, Bruno," said Reynard.
"Where did you get that nice piece
of meat? Can't you stop and talk
awhile? It is such a long time since
you came to see me. Do stop for a
few minutes."

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But Bruno had heard of Keynard's
tricks and he only ran on faster.

On the way home he had to cross a
little stream of water. He stopped on
the bridge and looked down. He saw
his shadow in the water.

"Why," he said to himself, "there
is another dog. He has some meat
too. I believe his piece is larger than
mine. Yes, I am sure it is larger. I
am going to fight that dog and get
his piece of meat."

So Bruno dropped his piece of meat
into the water. He jumped in to fight
the other dog. But there was no other
dog there.

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Then he tried to find his own piece
of meat, but it was at the bottom of
the river.

"By being so greedy I have lost my
dinner," said Bruno to himself as he
walked slowly home.




HOW THE MONKEY SETTLED
THE QUARREL

Pussy and another cat once found
a big piece of cheese. They began to
quarrel about it.

Jocko, the monkey, passed that way.
He heard them quarreling and stopped
to listen.

"Why, Pussy," he said, "what is the
matter?"

"I found this piece of cheese," said
Pussy. "It is mine, and I am going to
keep it."

"No, it is mine," said the other cat.
"I saw it first."

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"But I ran and picked it up first,"
said Pussy. "So it is mine, isn't it,
Jocko?"

"Why don't you cut it into two
parts and each take one part?" asked
the monkey.

"That is a good idea," said Pussy.
"I will cut it at once."

"No, you shall not," said the other
cat. "I will cut it myself."

"I will not let you cut it," said
Pussy. "I know you would take the
larger piece."

"Let me cut it," said the monkey.
"I am sure I can cut it into two equal
parts."

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"That is fair," said Pussy. "I can
trust you, Jocko."

"You are a good friend of mine,
Jocko," said the other cat. "Cut it
as quickly as you can."

So Jocko got a big knife. He cut
the cheese into two pieces. Then he
looked at each part.

"I think this piece is larger than
the other," he said. "Yes, I know it is
larger. I will bite some off this piece,
so that both will be alike."

Then he took a big bite off one piece.

"Now I believe the other piece
is a little larger," said he. "I will
take a little off that one too."

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"Oh, Jocko," cried Pussy, "don't
do that. Give us our cheese and let
us go."

"No," said Jocko, "I will not give it
to you until both parts are even. You
might quarrel again if I did. Now
you see this part is larger. I will fix
it."

"Oh, Jocko," cried the other cat,
"give us our cheese. We will not
quarrel any more. Indeed, we will
not."

"Just wait a little," said the monkey.

He nibbled first from one piece and
then from the other.

Now, Jocko," said Pussy, "please

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give us the rest. There is not much
left, but let us have it."

"What is left," said Jocko, "is just
enough to pay me for settling this
quarrel. You don't expect me to work
for nothing, do you?"

Then he quickly ate all the cheese
that was left and ran away.



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"What foolish cats we are!" said
Pussy. "By quarreling we have fed
the monkey while we shall have to go
hungry."

"Yes," said the other cat. "We will
not quarrel again."




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THE WOLF AND THE SHEEP

Some dogs chased Lobo one day.
One of them bit him in the neck.
Lobo turned to fight him when another
bit his leg. A third bit his side.

"I can't fight so many," said Lobo.

So he ran to the woods as fast as he
could. The dogs could not follow him
there.

Lobo lay down under some bushes.
The blood ran from his side and legs.
He was weak and faint. He stayed
there for three days.

"What shall I do?" said he, I am
too weak to hunt for food. I shall die

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unless I can get something to eat. If
some animal would only come near me,
I might catch it."

Soon a sheep came that way looking
for grass.

"Oh, Sheep," cried Lobo, "where are
you going?"

"I am going over to the other hill,"
said the sheep. "The grass there is
fresh and green."

"I am sick," said Lobo. "Won't you
stop and do something for me first?"

"What do you want?" said the
sheep.

"I am hungry and thirsty," said
Lobo. "The dogs bit my legs so that



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I cannot walk. If you will only bring
me a drink I am sure I can find some
meat."

"No, I will not," said the sheep. "If
I go near enough to give you a drink,
you will use me for meat."

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THE CAT AND THE MICE

The city mouse lived with her
brothers and sisters in a fine big house.

A cat lived there too. Every day
she hunted for mice. Nearly every
day she caught one or two.

"What shall we do?" cried one mouse.
"She will soon eat all of us."

One night the mice had a meeting
to talk about the dreadful cat. Each
mouse told how the cat had frightened
him.

One mouse said, "If I go to the pan-
try to get a bit of cheese, she jumps at



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Another said, "If I go to the kitchen
for a little piece of bread, I can see
her bright eyes shining in the dark."

A little mouse said, "Last week I
went to the dining room to pick up
a few crumbs. She chased me and
nearly caught me. I was so fright-
ened that I have not dared to go out
of my hole since."

"We must do something," said an
old mouse.

"Let us all together run at her and
bite her," said one.

"No," said another, "that will not do.
We cannot frighten her."

"Listen to me," said a young mouse.

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"I have a fine plan. You know the
cat walks so softly that we can never
hear her coming. Let us tie a bell
around her neck. When she walks
the bell will ring. Then we can hear
it and run away."

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"Good, good!" cried the mice.
"What a fine plan! Let us get a bell
at once."

"Wait a minute," cried an old mouse.
"Which of you is going to tie the bell


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