Wonder Tales of Old Japan

Wonder Tales of Old Japan

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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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...the bowl was empty. The old woman at once blamed the cat, and was going to cut a long, thick stick to beat it for its theft, when the little truthful bird flew down to her and said, " Do not beat the poor cat, for it was I who took the I did not intend to steal it, as I thought I am very sorry starch. it was food put out for me to eat. indeed!" " Bah!" growled the old woman. You greedy, good-for-nothing, little brown " It was you, was it? wretch! " Now the old woman had never loved the sparrow, and' she was glad to have some cause of complaint against the little helpless thing. " I'll pay you out for taking my starch," she cried. " It was that tongue of yours, I suppose, that licked it up, so I will cut it off." Saying this, she quickly seized the poor trembling little bird, and with her long sharp scissors cut off its little tongue. " There now," she said, " how do you like that? It serves you right, you greedy thing! "---and taking it to the window, she drove the tiny tongue-cut sparrow away. That evening when the tired old man came home from his hard daily toil, he looked in every room for C his little pet, and was very much troubled at not finding her. " Where is my little Suzume san? " (Miss Sparrow) he asked his wife. The evil old woman at first would not tell him, but at last she told her husband how the sparrow had eaten the rice starch, and how in her great anger she had taken her sharp scissors, and cut out its tongue and finally driven it away. " Oh! my poor little pet! My poor little sparrow! My poor helpless little thing!" were the only words the kind old man could utter. " Never again will she be able...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236772903
  • 9781236772909