The Young and Field Literary Readers, Book 2

The Young and Field Literary Readers, Book 2

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Excerpt: ...the white bear again. The girl went out and climbed up on his back and off they went. When they had gone a little way, the bear turned around and asked, Are you afraid? No, she was not afraid. 121 Well, hold fast to me, and there will be nothing to be afraid of, said the bear. They went a long, long way, until they came to a great hill. The bear knocked on the ground, and a door opened. They went in. It was a castle, with many lights, and it shone with silver and gold. The white bear gave to the girl a silver bell, and said to her, Ring this bell when you want anything. Then he went away. 122 Every night, when all the lights had been put out, the bear came and talked with her. He slept in a bed in the great hall. But it was so dark that she could never see him, or know how he looked, and when she took his paw, it was not like a paw. It was like a hand. She wanted so much to see him but he told her she must not. At last she felt that she could not wait any longer. So one night, when he was asleep, she lighted a candle and bent over and looked at him. What do you think she saw? It was not a bear, but a prince, and the most beautiful prince that was ever seen 123 She was so surprised that her hand began to shake, and three drops from the candle fell upon the coat of the prince. This woke him up. What have you done? he cried. You have brought trouble upon us. An ugly witch turned me into a bear, but every night I am myself again, and if you had waited only a year, and had not tried to find me out, I should have been free. Now I must go back to my other castle and marry an ugly princess with a nose three yards long. The girl cried and cried and cried, but it did no good. She asked if she could go with him, but he said that she could not. 124 Tell me the way there, she said, and I will find you. It is East of the Sun and West of the Moon, but there is no way to it, he said. Next morning when the girl awoke, she found herself all more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236732154
  • 9781236732156