Classics Old and New; A Series of School Readers a Second Reader

Classics Old and New; A Series of School Readers a Second Reader

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...and he also had a bow and arrows. The king once sent Hercules to find three golden apples and bring them back. These apples grew in a fairy garden a long way off. As Hercules went on his way to the garden, every one that he met told him to return home. "Go back," the people said. "Even if you reach the garden, the dragon will kill you." Near a river Hercules stopped to talk with some maidens. They, too, told him about the dragon. "What is the dragon like?'"' asked Hercules. "It has a hundred heads," one girl said, "and is put there to guard the apples." "Fifty of the heads are always on the watch, while the other fifty sleep," said another. "I am not afraid," said Hercules. "Now I must go." When Hercules came to the sea, he saw a great golden bowl tossing on the waves. The bowl was as large as a boat, and floated to the shore. Hercules climbed into this bowl. Then he spread out his lion skin, and lay down on it to sleep. Away over the sea floated his boat, but the hero did not awake until the bowl again touched land. In a moment Hercules sprang out. "Now I must look for the giant," he said, "for he will tell me the way." "Halloo!" said a voice. Looking up, Hercules caught sight of the giant. My, what a huge fellow he was! Truly he was as tall as a mountain. There he stood holding the world on his shoulders, for, you know, that was his work. "What do you want?" asked the giant. "I want three golden apples for the king," said Hercules. "The dragon will kill you," said the giant. "Nobody can go to the garden but me, and I have to hold up the world." "Let me hold the world," said Hercules....show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236564367
  • 9781236564368