The Lottie Lightheart Picture Book

The Lottie Lightheart Picture Book

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ... It was after such a picnic trip as we have been describing that little Jane Towers, who had very quick eyes, and liked to know something about what she saw, said, as the party rode home--"Oh, Papa, what do you think we saw in a lane? A party of gipsies. I had often heard of gipsies, and I was so glad to see them, and did not feel at all afraid. They were having a picnic too, but not such a fine picnic as ours. They had a large iron pot hung over a fire, and I think there was something nice being cooked; but I could not see any plates or knives and forks, and there was no table cloth spread on the grass like there was where we had our dinner, and there was not a cruet-stand, or a wine glass, to be seen anywhere. A poor old horse was there, and two such dear donkeys; and the girls had no shoes or stockings, and did not seem to mind it. Do gipsies often have picnics, Papa?" "They have such picnics as you saw every day, my dear," said Papa; "that is their usual way of living. Gipsies do not live in houses, but travel about in carts, and sleep under tents. Sometimes the men work as tinkers, and the women sell baskets and tinware. They often have plenty of money, and live well, according to their tastes. You, I daresay, Jane, would not like their dinners, for, when they can, they eat hedgehogs, which they consider great delicacies." "Oh, Ma!" said little Harry, "what would cook say if you told her to cook a hedgehog?" "And what would you say," asked Mamma, laughing, "if I gave you a piece of hedgehog instead of the wing of a fowl and custard pudding?" Harry looked rather serious, but thought, if he were a little gipsy boy, he should like it. Of course, a great deal would...
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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236770919
  • 9781236770912