The Elson Readers. Readers Volume 4

The Elson Readers. Readers Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... ( Hum!77 And the bee buzzed down from the heat. And the bee buzzed up in the cold When the flower was wither'd and old. "Have you still any honey, my dear?" She said, "It's the fall of the year, But come, come!" "Hum!" And the bee buzzed off in the cold.--Alfred, Lord Tennyson. One bright August day I was taking lunch with a friend at Oneonta, New York. Suddenly he looked up and said with a smile, "How would you like to be introduced to a ruffed grouse this afternoon?" At first I thought he was joking. The rufied grouse, or "partridge," as it is often called, is one of the wildest of birds, and as a rule is very hard to approach. But I soon saw that my friend was in earnest, and then I could hardly wait until lunch was over and we could set off for the wood where the partridge lived. There was a ride of seven miles through the country, and as we went along, my friend told me all he knew about the bird we were going to meet. One winter day a wood-chopper had noticed a grouse walking slowly along the edge of the clearing in which he was working. Next day she came nearer, on the following day nearer still, and at the end of about two weeks she came close up to him, and he shared his lunch with her. From that moment she seemed to lose all fear of men, and 'would make friends with anyone who would take the trouble to pay her a visit. To reach her woodland home we had to walk up the side of a hill, and just as though she had been expecting us, we saw her walking slowly down to meet us. She approached boldly almost to my feet, where she stopped and looked up at me. I put out my hand, but she drew back her head and showed very plainly that she did not care to be...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236794982
  • 9781236794987