Eleanor of the Houseboat

Eleanor of the Houseboat

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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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ... and hands on each other's shoulders marched out of the living-room around the veranda to the little houseboat pier. "Halt," ordered the head of the procession. They halted. "Eleanor Tracy, step forward." Eleanor stepped forward. "Give me your hand, and shut your eyes, When you open your hand, you will find a prize," Mr. Tracy sang out. Eleanor opened her hand and shut her eyes, but almost instantly her lids flew wide open as she grasped what she knew was a piece of rope. "What's the idea?" she laughed, then stopped short, eyes large and black with excitement, cheeks the pinkest they could be. For she was holding one end of the rope which fastened a slender, graceful canoe to the houseboat dock. "Oh," she breathed, and for a full moment no words would come. Then, "M-mother, F-father," she stuttered, "whose is it? Where did it come from? It can't be--mine?" Both parents smiled and nodded. "It's just too good to be true," she knelt down beside the little craft at the water's edge. "Isn't it the prettiest canoe you ever, ever saw, all green outside and white inside, and do look at those dear green and white cushions. I am going to call it the Lily, after Aunt Helen's Indian girl," she announced with one of her characteristically swift'decisions. "Christmas," she raised sparkling eyes to the little group, "somebody around here must have Aladdin's lamp. All you have to do is wish, and presto, your wish comes true." "I guess Howard's hands were your Aladdin lamp," Louis put in quickly. "He made that canoe, and his wife made the pillows. That boat's some dandy looker, I can tell you." "This isn't a bad substitute for the...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236556348
  • 9781236556349