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The Young and Field Literary Readers

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Pages: 146

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Ella Flagg Young

Excerpt from book: THE PRESENTS OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE Jacob And William Grimm Once a tailor and a goldsmith were traveling together. At evening, when the sun had sunk behind the mountains, they heard the sound of far-away music, which grew clearer and clearer. It sounded strange, but so pleasant that they 5 forgot they were tired and walked quickly on and on. The moon had risen when they came to a hill on which they saw a crowd of little men and women. These little people had taken hold ofio each other's hands and were whirling very gayly around in a dance. They were also singing beautifully, and their singing was the music which the travelers had heard. In the middle sat an old man, a little taller 15 than the others. He wwe a coat of many colors, and his iron-gray beard hung down over his breast. The two travelers stopped, full of wonder, and watched the dance. The old man beckoned to them to come in, and the little people gladly 20opened the ring. The goldsmith was brave enough and at once stepped in. The tailor was a little afraid at first and held back, but when he saw how gayly all was going he took heart and 5 followed. The ring closed quickly and the little people sang and danced again in the wildest way. The old man then took a large knife which hung at his belt. He sharpened it, and when it was sharp 10 enough he looked round at the travelers. They were frightened, but they had no time to think, for the old man seized the goldsmith and very quickly shaved off his hair and his beard clean. Then he did the same to the tailor. But is their fright left them when the old man finished his work and clapped them on the shoulder in a friendly way. It seemed as if he wanted to say they had behaved well in letting him do all that to them without making a fuss. Then he pointed ...  

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