Category: Children

Lucy Maud Montgomery – The Story Girl

“I do like a road, because you can be always wondering what is at the end of it.” The Story Girl said that once upon a time. Felix and I, on the May morning when we left Toronto for Prince Edward Island, had not then heard her say it, and, indeed, were but barely aware […]

Lucy Maud Montgomery – Emilys Quest

“No more cambric-tea” had Emily Byrd Starr written in her diary when she came home to New Moon from Shrewsbury, with high school days behind her and immortality before her. Which was a symbol. When Aunt Elizabeth Murray permitted Emily to drink real tea—as a matter of course and not as an occasional concession—she thereby […]

Lucy Maud Montgomery – Emily of New Moon

The house in the hollow was “a mile from anywhere”—so Maywood people said. It was situated in a grassy little dale, looking as if it had never been built like other houses but had grown up there like a big, brown mushroom. It was reached by a long, green lane and almost hidden from view […]

Lucy Maud Montgomery – Emily Climbs

Emily Byrd Starr was alone in her room, in the old New Moon farmhouse at Blair Water, one stormy night in a February of the olden years before the world turned upside down. She was at that moment as perfectly happy as any human being is ever permitted to be. Aunt Elizabeth, in consideration of […]

Lucy Maud Montgomery – Anne of Windy Poplars

(Letter from Anne Shirley, B.A., Principal of Summerside High School, to Gilbert Blythe, medical student at Redmond College, Kingsport.) “Windy Poplars, “Spook’s Lane, “S’side, P. E. I., “Monday, September 12th. “DEAREST: “Isn’t that an address! Did you ever hear anything so delicious? Windy Poplars is the name of my new home and I love it. […]

Lucy Maud Montgomery – Anne of Ingleside

“How white the moonlight is tonight!” said Anne Blythe to herself, as she went up the walk of the Wright garden to Diana Wright’s front door, where little cherry-blossom petals were coming down on the salty, breeze-stirred air. She paused for a moment to look about her on hills and woods she had loved in […]

Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin – Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

The old stage coach was rumbling along the dusty road that runs from Maplewood to Riverboro. The day was as warm as midsummer, though it was only the middle of May, and Mr. Jeremiah Cobb was favoring the horses as much as possible, yet never losing sight of the fact that he carried the mail. […]

Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm – Grimms Fairy Tales

A certain king had a beautiful garden, and in the garden stood a tree which bore golden apples. These apples were always counted, and about the time when they began to grow ripe it was found that every night one of them was gone. The king became very angry at this, and ordered the gardener […]

Cory Doctorow – Little Brother

This chapter is dedicated to BakkaPhoenix Books in Toronto, Canada. Bakka is the oldest science fiction bookstore in the world, and it made me the mutant I am today. I wandered in for the first time around the age of 10 and asked for some recommendations. Tanya Huf (yes, the Tanya Huf , but she […]

Clara Dillingham Pierson – Among the Meadow People

AS the warm August days came, Mr. Yellow Butterfly wriggled and pushed in his snug little green chrysalis and wished he could get out to see the world. He remembered the days when he was a hairy little Caterpillar, crawling slowly over grass and leaves, and he remembered how beautiful the sky and all the […]

Whitefoot the Wood Mouse – Thornton W. Burgess

In all his short life Whitefoot the Wood Mouse never had spent such a happy winter. Whitefoot is one of those wise little people who never allow unpleasant things of the past to spoil their present happiness, and who never borrow trouble from the future. Whitefoot believes in getting the most from the present. The […]

What Katy Did Next – Susan Coolidge

The September sun was glinting cheerfully into a pretty bedroom furnished with blue. It danced on the glossy hair and bright eyes of two girls, who sat together hemming ruffles for a white muslin dress. The half-finished skirt of the dress lay on the bed; and as each crisp ruffle was completed, the girls added […]

What Katy Did at School – Susan Coolidge

It was just after that happy visit of which I told at the end of “What Katy Did,” that Elsie and John made their famous excursion to Conic Section; an excursion which neither of them ever forgot, and about which the family teased them for a long time afterward. The summer had been cool; but, […]

What Katy Did – Susan Coolidge

I was sitting in the meadows one day, not long ago, at a place where there was a small brook. It was a hot day. The sky was very blue, and white clouds, like great swans, went floating over it to and fro. Just opposite me was a clump of green rushes, with dark velvety […]

Waterloo Days; The narrative of an Englishwoman resident at Brussels in June (1888) – Charlotte Annie Waldie Eaton

On Saturday, the 10th of June, 1815, my brother, my sister, and myself, sailed from the pier of Ramsgate at three in the afternoon, in company with Sir Neil Campbell, the celebrated Knight of Elba, Major Wylie, of the Royal Fusiliers, extra aide-de-camp to the Duke of Wellington, a Mr. N., an English merchant; together […]

Twinkle and Chubbins; Their Astonishing Adventures in Nature-Fairyland – L. Frank Baum

“THERE’S a woodchuck over on the side hill that is eating my clover,” said Twinkle’s father, who was a farmer. “Why don’t you set a trap for it?” asked Twinkle’s mother. “I believe I will,” answered the man. So, when the midday dinner was over, the farmer went to the barn and got a steel […]

True Stories of History and Biography – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Grandfather had been sitting in his old arm-chair, all that pleasant afternoon, while the children were pursuing their various sports, far off or near at hand. Sometimes you would have said, “Grandfather is asleep;” but still, even when his eyes were closed, his thoughts were with the young people, playing among the flowers and shrubbery […]

Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders or, The Underground Search for the Idol of Gold – Victor Appleton

Tom Swift, who had been slowly looking through the pages of a magazine, in the contents of which he seemed to be deeply interested, turned the final folio, ruffled the sheets back again to look at a certain map and drawing, and then, slapping the book down on a table before him, with a noise […]

Tom Swift in the City of Gold; Or, Marvelous Adventures Underground – Victor Appleton

“Letter for you, Tom Swift.” “Ah, thanks, Mr. Wilson. This is the first mail I’ve had this week. You’ve been neglecting me,” and the young inventor took the missive which the Shopton postman handed to him over the gate, against which Tom was leaning one fine, warm Spring day. “Well, I get around as often […]

Tom Swift in the Caves of Ice, or, the Wreck of the Airship – Victor Appleton

“Well, Massa Tom, am yo’ gwine out in yo’ flyin’ machine ag’in to-day?” “Yes, Rad, I think I will take a little flight. Perhaps I’ll go over to Waterford, and call on Mr. Damon. I haven’t seen very much of him, since we got back from our hunt after the diamond-makers.” “Take a run clear […]

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