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coarse grass and sticks as you use; I want some fine hay and hair.”
4. Grandmother Redbreast was old and wise, and she said, “Birds can always find all they need for a nest; but they have to look for it. It is very pleasant to sit on a branch and swing, but if you do not work, you will never have a nest. It will
a do no good to wish for it. You must come down to the ground, and keep your eyes open, and hop about. Then you will be sure to find what you need, for the world is full of things to work with."
5. So Madam Sparrow came down, and began to hop about on the ground. First she chose a spot for her nest, under a green bush. Then she looked around among the rocks and stones, and ran along on the walls and fences.
She soon found a plenty of fine dry grass to make the outside of the nest.
6. Then she hopped about again to find something soft for the lining. She came to a thicket of brambles. Here she saw some wool caught on the briers, and in another place she saw some hair tangled on a rail. She took the wool and hair and wove them together, and made a nice lining for the inside of the nest.
7. When it was finished, Grandmother Redbreast said, “This is very good indeed”; and the other birds said that the nest under the
green bush was a very pretty one. So Madam Sparrow was much pleased that she had built it. She was glad to know that the world was full of things to work with if she would only look for them.
have a cold. It makes me
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XXI. TWO FROGS AND TWO BOYS.
bull'frogs boast'ing whacks
plunged acquaint'ed won'derful neigh'bors mon'ey puffed
1. Two small boys, who had always lived in the city, went one summer to spend a few weeks with their aunt in the country.
2. Just below a little hill near the farm-house was a pond. On the first day of their visit, after it began to grow dark, the boys went out to throw stones into the pond.
Cu-chug! went a stone into the water; and then another, cu-chug!
3. Now two very old bullfrogs were sitting on the end of a log in the pond. They were talking
about old times, and boasting how far they could jump when they were young.
4. When they heard the stones strike the water, one of them puffed up his cheeks and said in Greek, which everybody knows is the language of bullfrogs, “Brek-ek-eks co-ax.”
Co-ax, co-ax,” said the other frog, and they both plunged in, thud! thud!
5. The boys ran home in great fright, and told their aunt that there was strange thing in the pond that said, “Break their necks with whacks, whacks, whacks,” and then struck the water two hard blows.
“Oh," said their aunt, those are neighbors of mine, and very nice people. . Did you see them ?” 6. “No, indeed,” said the boys; we ran."
You should have stayed to see them.” “Tell us how they look, auntie.”
7. “Very bright and wide awake, and always well dressed. Their coats look like satin, and they wear white vests every day. But must see for yourselves. They won't break your necks.
8. “To-morrow night you had better begin to get acquainted with them. You pay money in the city to go and see what is not half so wonderful as the things they can do."
But who are they, auntie?”
Find in this lesson the period, comma, semicolon, marks of exclamation, interrogation, quotation, the apostrophe, and hyphen.
XXII. THE CHIPMONK.
fa'vorite mis ta'ken cóm'fort chest'nuts hos'pit al chip'monk plead'ingres'ident un der neath' over turned'
1. When Nell came home from school one day, she found her favorite kitten with a little chipmonk in her mouth. It was the chipmonk which had lived in the hollow tree in the garden. He had paid flying visits to the piazza all summer, and was almost as well known as the kitten herself.
2. It was plain that puss had mistaken him for a mouse. She was a full-grown cat now, and she thought it quite time she began to be a hunter.