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She was very pretty, with blue eyes and long black hair. Her skin was delicate and fair, and so she was called Snow White. Everyone was quite sure she would become very beautiful. Though her stepmother was a wicked woman, she too was very beautiful, and the magic mirror told her this every day, whenever she asked it. "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the loveliest lady in the land?" The reply was always; "You are, your Majesty," until the dreadful day when she heard it say, "Snow White is the loveliest in the land." The stepmother was furious and, wild with jealousy, began plotting to get rid of her rival. Calling one of her trusty servants, she bribed him with a rich reward to take Snow White into the forest, far away from the Castle. Then, unseen, he was to put her to death. The greedy servant, attracted to the reward, agreed to do this deed, and he led the innocent little girl away. However, when they came to the fatal spot, the man's courage failed him and, leaving Snow White sitting beside a tree, he mumbled an excuse and ran off. Snow White was all alone in the forest. Night came, but the servant did not return. Snow White, alone in the dark forest, began to cry bitterly. She thought she could feel terrible eyes spying on her, and she heard strange sounds and rustlings that made her heart thump. At last, overcome by tiredness, she fell asleep curled under a tree. Snow White slept fitfully, wakening from time to time with a start and staring into the darkness round her. Several times, she thought she felt something, or somebody touch her as she slept. At last, dawn woke the forest to the song of the birds, and Snow White too, awoke. A whole world was stirring to life and the little girl was glad to see how silly her fears had been. However, the thick trees were like a wall round her, and as she tried to find out where she was, she came upon a path. She walked along it, hopefully. On she walked till she came to a clearing. There stood a strange cottage, with a tiny door, tiny windows and a tiny chimney pot. Everything about the cottage was much tinier than it ought to be. Snow White pushed the door open. "l wonder who lives here?" she said to herself, peeping round the kitchen. "What tiny plates! And spoons! There must be seven of them, the table's laid for seven people." Upstairs was a bedroom with seven neat little beds. Going back to the kitchen, Snow White had an idea. "I'll make them something to eat. When they come home, they'll be glad to find a meal ready." Towards dusk, seven tiny men marched homewards singing. But when they opened the door, to their surprise they found a bowl of hot steaming soup on the table, and the whole house spick and span. Upstairs was Snow White, fast asleep on one of the beds. The chief dwarf prodded her gently. "Who are you?" he asked. Snow White told them her sad story, and tears sprang to the dwarfs' eyes. Then one of them said, as he noisily blew his nose: "Stay here with us!" "Hooray! Hooray!" they cheered, dancing joyfully round the little girl. The dwarfs said to
fell to the ground in a faint: the effect of the terrible poison left her lifeless instantaneously. she put a poisoned apple with the others in her basket. remembering the dwarfs advice. "She must die! She must die!" she screamed. so that he could claim the reward. just as Snow White stood waving goodbye to the seven dwarfs on their way to the mine. Disguising herself as an old peasant woman. No one heard her cries for help. Meanwhile. and as she did.Snow White: "You can live here and tend to the house while we're down the mine. "I'm not supposed to open the door to anyone. Now chuckling evilly. thank you. and next morning the dwarfs set off for work. with the heart of a roe deer. the servant had returned to the castle. We love you and we'll take care of you!" Snow White gratefully accepted their hospitality. "And quite right too! Good girl! If you promised not to open up to strangers. taking the quickest way into the forest." she replied. she crossed the swamp at the edge of the trees." came the reply. and she disappeared without a trace. "There! Now isn't that a nice apple?" Snow White bit into the fruit. Don't worry about your stepmother leaving you in the forest. for the mirror replied: "The loveliest in the land is still Snow White. who was reluctant to disobey her friends. She reached the bank unseen. Then. "And as a reward for being good. then of course you can't buy." The stepmother was beside herself with rage. They . Highly pleased. she tripped and fell into the quicksand. who lives in the seven dwarfs' cottage. "I'm an old peasant woman selling apples. Meanwhile. down in the forest. lying still and lifeless. Worried about Snow White they ran as quickly as they could down the mountain to the cottage. "But they are beautiful apples and ever so juicy!" said the velvety voice from outside the door. I'm going to make you a gift of one of my apples!" Without a further thought. the stepmother turned again to the magic mirror. Snow White was in the kitchen when she heard the sound at the door: KNOCK! KNOCK! "Who's there?" she called suspiciously. He gave it to the cruel stepmother. the wicked stepmother hurried off. telling her it belonged to Snow White. to take the apple. But her hopes were dashed. Loud thunder echoed through the valleys and streaks of lightning ripped the sky. "I don't need any apples. There they found Snow White." said the little girl. You are a good girl indeed!" Then the old woman went on. Snow White opened the door just a tiny crack. the dwarfs came out of the mine to find the sky had grown dark and stormy. But as she ran back across the swamp. But they warned Snow White not to open the door to strangers. the poisoned apple by her side.
She had amazingly come back to life! Now in love. Then they laid her on a bed of rose petals. Snow White lived happily in a great castle. she was drawn back to visit the little cottage down in the forest. but it was no use.did their best to bring her around. the Prince asked Snow White to marry him. Then one evening. they discovered a strange young man admiring Snow White's lovely face through the glass. I'll call in famous doctors to waken her from this peculiar sleep. Each day they laid a flower there. She's so lovely I'd love to kiss her!" He did. and as though by magic. After listening to the story. The End . From that day on. But from time to time. To everyone's astonishment. Snow White opened her eyes. and the dwarfs reluctantly had to say good bye to Snow White. "If you allow me to take her to the Castle. They wept and wept for a long time. carried her into the forest and put her in a crystal coffin. the Prince's kiss broke the spell. the Prince (for he was a prince!) made a suggestion.
but just right. perhaps. for she had been catching butterflies instead of running on her errand. and that was neither too hot nor too cold. and lay there till she fell fast asleep. But when she sat down in the chair of the Little Wee Bear. but for all that very good-natured and hospitable. and there she sate till the bottom of the chair came out. Then seeing nobody in the house she lifted the latch. and so she set about helping herself. and down she came. And they had each a bed to sleep in. Now. so they came home to breakfast. but just right. but just right. Goldilocks went upstairs into the bedchamber in which the Three Bears slept. who lived together in a house of their own. . as the manner of Bears is. every bit! Then Goldilocks. Now careless Goldilocks had left the spoon of the Great Big Bear standing in his porridge. And then she went to the porridge of the Little Wee Bear. a little bowl for the Little Wee Bear. They had each a bowl for their porridge. So she seated herself in it. plump upon the ground. If she had been a well-brought-up little girl she would have waited till the Bears came home. because the Bears were good Bears. and poured it into their porridge-bowls. in a wood. but that was too cold for her. So she covered herself up comfortably. and one was a Middle-sized Bear. And they had each a chair to sit in. and a middle-sized chair for the Middle-sized Bear. and never suspected that anybody would harm them. and that was too soft for her. they walked out into the wood while the porridge was cooling. And next she lay down upon the bed of the Middle-sized Bear. and that was too high at the foot for her. who was tired. for they were polite. And then she sate down in the chair of the Middle-sized Bear. that was neither too hard nor too soft. for she was a bad-tempered little girl. and that was too hot for her. And then she peeped in at the keyhole. One of them was a Little Wee Bear. rude little girl. The door was not fastened. and she liked it so well that she ate it all up. And first she lay down upon the bed of the Great Big Bear.The Story Of The Three Bears (Arthur Rackham) Once upon a time there were three Bears. and a great bowl for the Great Big Bear. passed by the house. being determined to rest. a little chair for the Little Wee Bear. One day. for they were good Bears – a little rough or so. Next she tasted the porridge of the Middle-sized Bear. and that was neither too high at the head nor at the foot. and a middle-sized bed for the Middle-sized Bear. who lived at the other side of the wood and had been sent on an errand by her mother. that they might not burn their mouths by beginning too soon. And then she lay down upon the bed of the Little Wee Bear. but that was too high at the head for her. they would have asked her to breakfast. for she was not at all a well-brought-up little girl. and a middle-sized bowl for the Middle-sized Bear. and that made her very cross. but that was too hard for her. a little bed for the Little Wee Bear. First she tasted the porridge of the Great Big Bear. and the other was a Great Big Bear. So Goldilocks opened the door and went in. sate down in the chair of the Great Big Bear. and a great bed for the Great Big Bear. But she was an impudent. And while they were away a little girl called Goldilocks. after they had made the porridge for their breakfast. and tasted it. well-brought-up Bears. and a great chair for the Great Big Bear. and then. and well pleased was she when she saw the porridge on the table. By this time the Three Bears thought their porridge would be cool enough for them to eat it properly. and looked in at the window. who did nobody any harm.
Then the Three Bears thought they had better make further search in case it was a burglar. And Goldilocks had pulled the bolster of the Middle-sized Bear out of its place. Now Goldilocks had pulled the pillow of the Great Big Bear out of its place. began to look about them. AND HAS EATEN IT ALL UP!” said the Little Wee Bear in his little wee voice. AND HAS SATE THE BOTTOM THROUGH!” said the Little Wee Bear in his little wee voice. gruff voice. “SOMEBODY HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR!” said the Great Big Bear in his great. Now the careless Goldilocks had not put the hard cushion straight when she rose from the chair of the Great Big Bear. gruff voice. “SOMEBODY HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR. and eaten up the Little Wee Bear’s breakfast. Then the Middle-sized Bear looked at his porridge and saw the spoon was standing in it too. . and there was the spoon in the porridge-bowl. Then the Little Wee Bear looked at his. Upon this the Three Bears. “SOMEBODY HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR!” said the Middle-sized Bear in his middle-sized voice. seeing that some one had entered their house. but the porridge was all gone! “SOMEBODY HAS BEEN AT MY PORRIDGE. rough. rough. “SOMEBODY HAS BEEN LYING IN MY BED!” said the Great Big Bear in his great. gruff voice. rough.“SOMEBODY HAS BEEN AT MY PORRIDGE!” said the Great Big Bear in his great. And the careless Goldilocks had squatted down the soft cushion of the Middle-sized Bear. “SOMEBODY HAS BEEN LYING IN MY BED!” said the Middle-sized Bear in his middle-sized voice. “SOMEBODY HAS BEEN AT MY PORRIDGE!” said the Middle-sized Bear in his middle-sized voice. so they went upstairs into their bedchamber.
tidy Bears. “SOMEBODY HAS BEEN LYING IN MY BED. So naughty. no one can say. – AND HERE SHE IS STILL!” said the Little Wee Bear in his little wee voice. But the Three Bears never saw anything more of her. gruff voice of the Great Big Bear. always opened their bedchamber window when they got up in the morning. and so shrill. for she had no business there. or found her way out of the wood and got whipped for being a bad girl and playing truant. and ran to the window. but she was so fast asleep that it was no more to her than the roaring of wind. And she had heard the middle-sized voice of the Middle-sized Bear. but it was only as if she had heard some one speaking in a dream. frightened little Goldilocks jumped. or ran into the wood and was lost there. Now Goldilocks had heard in her sleep the great. and when she saw the Three Bears on one side of the bed. she tumbled herself out at the other. it was so sharp.But when the Little Wee Bear came to look at his bed. because the Bears. and whether she broke her neck in the fall. that it awakened her at once. Now the window was open. as they were. like good. or the rumbling of thunder. rough. . But when she heard the little wee voice of the Little Wee Bear. Up she started. there was the bolster in its place! And the pillow was in its place upon the bolster! And upon the pillow – – ? There was Goldilocks’s yellow head – which was not in its place.
She watched as the little pink elephant went down off the shelf. The little girl was in a wheelchair and had a cast on her right leg. She was doomed to sit on that shelf for the rest of her doll-life and be sad and lonely." the pretty young woman said to the shop keeper. cozy homes. look!" Susie's heart leapt into her chest when the little girl pointed to her. She was left all alone again." she introduced. All. She would never. "I'm afraid not. one more time. She wants a doll. She watched as the big. She watched as the little brown puppy dog went off the shelf. She had been in the store for a long time and everyone had forgotten about her. "What can I help you with?" "This is my little girl Nicole. Her arm sat beside her on the shelf day and night for a very long time. It reminded her all the time of how unloved she was. She wanted to cry so badly. with bright yellow yarn for hair and big blue eyes. . except Susie. fuzzy green frog went off the shelf. Susie was once a beautiful rag doll. "Good morning. her arm lying beside her on the shelf." Mr. feeling sadder than ever. Christmas eve came and it was early in the day yet. All the toys in the store were flying off the shelves to go to loving children and warm. She wanted to cry as she watched all the other toys go home.The Unwanted Doll Susie sat on the shelf in the store. All the other dolls went off the shelf too. It was because she was missing an arm and nobody had ever bothered to sew it back on. She still sat there collecting dust. a layer of dust coating her body. She longed to go home with a special little girl and be loved and cherished but nobody ever looked at her when they came into the store. Nobody would ever take her home. "She had an accident. the most magical time of the year." "Mommy. She fell while she was ice skating and broke her leg. All my dolls sold out for the holiday. The bell on the door tinkled and she watched as a pretty young woman came in with a little girl. just sitting there waiting to be put back on her. But nobody ever did. ever be loved by a little girl. Do you have any here?" He shook his head. Brown replied as he looked at them over his spectacles. She would sit on that shelf forever and ever. It was Christmas again. She knows that Santa is coming tonight to bring her presents but I promised her that she could pick out something special for herself. "Good morning. Her once pretty blue dress was in bad need of washing. Susie still sat on the shelf.
"Suit yourself. She looks so lonely there sitting by herself. since she was going to end up in the garbage anyway." She looked at the shop keeper. I promise! I love her so much! She just needs a little bit of love and I will give it to her! Come on. Susie never felt happier. Brown scratched his chin thoughtfully." "I suppose we could clean her up. Mr."Look at that doll. "You will take care of her." "But I must give you something for her. won't you?" She grinned up at him. She's just broken like I am now. let's go home now!" And as the little girl cuddled her close to her. She seemed so happy to have the dusty old doll and knew that the little girl would clean her up and have her looking pretty in no time. To tell you the truth. young woman asked. who was hugging Susie to her. sweetheart." Mr. And it wouldn't be a problem to sew that arm back on. I don't know why I still have her there. "Oh yes. missing arm and all. "I suppose you could have her for free. "How much. sir?" "Well. I should have put her in the garbage a long time ago." He bent down to look at Nicole." the little girl cried. It was the very merriest Christmas ever for the once unwanted doll! . It needs to be sewn back on." He went and took Susie down off the shelf and gave her to the little girl. "Mama." the mother insisted as she opened up her purse." Mr." the pretty. Brown told her." "No. The little girl hugged her close to her. The shop keeper looked at the little girl. "The smile on your little girl's face is enough payment for me. miss. "She's dusty and old and her arm is missing. "She needs to be loved too!" "May we see her." "You don't want that doll. please may I have her? She's a pretty doll. Brown scowled.
One day in August a red apple fell off a tree and rolled under the fence and into Alex's pen. After his steak the next morning. "Someone stole all my apples. And very full. Alex had a very pleasant dream about apples. I'm calling the police.Allison's Alligator Alex alligator arrived at Allison Arthur's apple farm in April. Alex sniffed at it. Alex stuck his legs through the holes at the bottom of the box and ambled into the house in search of dinner. when the apple trees were covered with blossoms. It was the most delicious thing Alex had ever eaten. but he was not very hungry. There were a bunch of people climbing up and down ladders with baskets. April and her mother ran away as fast as they could. Alex watched for a few moments. You are to stay in the stream behind the apple orchard. If it happens again. "Ahhhh!" she screamed. their baskets were full of apples." That night. Allison came by later with his steak. Alex yawned. The little girl screamed and dropped the basket. Alex stuck his head in the basket and began eating apples. Alex slipped under the fence and ambled into the apple orchard. A small girl descended with a basket full of apples. . Alex found a line of baskets sitting under a tree. yelling for her mother. He went back into his cage. "You cannot live in the house. you know what I've said about fibbing. They knocked over the baskets and stole the apples. "Whatever am I to do with an alligator?" Allison asked. Alex slipped under the fence and out into the orchard. Then Allison put a strong fence around the stream so Alex did not try to eat Mrs. Alex grinned at her. Then he wandered under another tree and ate all the apples in the baskets he found there. He heard voices coming towards him. "Now April. Alex ate all the apples in the baskets. Alex sniffed it a bit and then took a bite." Allison put Alex in the small stream. Alex liked the stream and his pen. Then he realized that when the people came down the ladders. She ran away. There are no alligators in this orchard. "Oh no you don't!" cried Allison. Alex yawned. "Do you know what someone did Alex?" asked Allison. Alex wandered over to the closest ladder. Chory's chickens." said April's mother. Alex pulled his head out of the basket and grinned at April's mother. Inside the box. He was very happy. He especially liked the steaks Allison gave him every morning and evening.
" she said. Alex stared longingly at the trees full of apples. Ales. At dinner time." she said. "I'd better fix your cage. and picked up a basket. I brought you a surprise." she said. A man was climbing down the ladder. "But I can't blame you for liking apples. He stepped on Alex's back. "You are a bad boy." Once Alex's cage was fixed. Allison followed him. "So you're the one who ate all my apples.Alex walked over to another tree. Allison brought Alex a steak as usual. "Alex!" she yelled. Alex ate all the apples in his basket. Allison came running into the orchard. The man looked down at Alex and yelped. Allison laughed. . That is exactly what Allison did. "I'll bring you apples every night Alex. The man dropped his basket and ran toward the house. Alex grunted and tried to walk away. Alex took one look at Allison and bolted back into his pen." Allison went outside the cage. It was full of apples! Alex ate all the apples before he ate his steak. he could no longer go into the apple orchard. Just then.
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