Third Grade Read Aloud Banquet



Songs for June


The Cow

The friendly cow all red and white,

I love with all my heart:

She gives me cream with all her might,

To eat with apple-tart.


She wanders lowing here and there,

And yet she cannot stray,

All in the pleasant open air,

The pleasant light of day;


And blown by all the winds that pass

And wet with all the showers,

She walks among the meadow grass

And eats the meadow flowers.


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Week 25 The Curtain from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett William the Conqueror—Hereward the Wake from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Two Famous Swimmers from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Beowulf's Last Rest from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Great Armada from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge King Stork from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton Elisha and the Bow; Jonah and Nineveh from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
"Read and You Will Know" from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Silk Funnel from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch Robert Fulton and the Steamboat from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Fox and the Goat from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Adventures of Perseus (Part 1 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon More about Sea-Babies from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Mr. Badger (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Children by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Night by William Blake Daisies by Bliss Carman Flower in the Crannied Wall by Alfred Lord Tennyson Poem by Rachel Field The Pine Lady by Richard Le Gallienne Flag Song by Lydia Avery Coonley Ward
Week 26 "It's Mother!" from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett William the Conqueror—Death of the King from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Spite the Marten and Pekan the Fisher from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess King Marsil's Council from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Among the Icebergs from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Hans in Luck from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton How the Ten Tribes Were Lost from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Young Cupbearer from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin An Invitation from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch William Henry Harrison from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Cat, the Cock, and the Young Mouse from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Adventures of Perseus (Part 2 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon About Mr. Drill from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Mr. Badger (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Milking Song by Jean Ingelow My Pretty Rose Tree by William Blake Scythe Song by Andrew Lang White Butterflies by Algernon Charles Swinburne Poem by Rachel Field A Song by James Whitcomb Riley The Cow by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 27 In the Garden from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Story of William the Red from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Reddy Fox Joins the School from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Emperor Charlemagne's Council from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Sir Humphrey Gilbert from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The White Bird from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The First Four Kings of Judah from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Sons of the Caliph from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Yelping Frog from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Andrew Jackson (Part 1 of 2) from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Wolf and the Shepherd from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Golden Fleece (Part 1 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Story of a War from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Dulce Domum (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Rain in Summer by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The Little Boy Lost by William Blake The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key Song of the Elf by Madison Cawein Poem by Rachel Field The Brook by Alfred Lord Tennyson One, Two, Three by Henry C. Bunner
Week 28 Up the Mountain to Alm-Uncle from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry I—The Story of the "White Ship" from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Old Man Coyote and Howler the Wolf from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Ganelon's Treason from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall
Virginia from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge
The Three Spinsters from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Little Boy Who Was Crowned King from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Boy and the Robbers from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Lotor, the Washer (Part 1 of 2) from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Andrew Jackson (Part 2 of 2) from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Peacock and the Crane from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Golden Fleece (Part 2 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon How Shell-Fish Feed from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Dulce Domum (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
On the Desert by William Wetmore Story The Little Boy Found by William Blake The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning An Old Song Re-Sung by John Masefield Poem by Rachel Field Hurt No Living Thing by Christina Georgina Rossetti The Little Elf-Man by John Kendrick Bangs
Week 29 At Home with Grandfather from Heidi by Johanna Spyri The Story of King Stephen from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Yowler and His Cousin Tufty from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Roland's Pride from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Story of the Revenge from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Mighty Mikko from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton Three Kings and a Great Prophet from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
A Lesson in Justice from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Lotor, the Washer (Part 2 of 2) from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Morse and the Telegraph from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Farmer and the Cranes from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter A Lost Secret from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon A Look at an Ant from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Dulce Domum (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Milking Time by Christina Georgina Rossetti From The Two Songs by William Blake The Song of the Busy Bee by Marian Douglas The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson Poem by Rachel Field If I Were Little as a Bee by John Martin Simple Simon, Mother Goose
Week 30 Out with the Goats from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry Plantagenet—Gilbert and Rohesia from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Some Big and Little Cat Cousins from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Roland Sounds His Horn from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Sir Walter Raleigh from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Husband Who Was To Mind the House from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Good King Hezekiah from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The General and the Fox from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Blue Damsel‑Flies from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch How the Telegraph Became Successful from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Farmer and His Sons from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Champion of Athens (Part 1 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Life of an Ant from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Mr. Toad (Part 1 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea by Allan Cunningham The Tiger by William Blake Answer to a Child's Question by Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Poppy by Jane Taylor Poem by Rachel Field What Do We Plant? by Henry Abbey The Night Will Never Stay by Eleanor Farjeon
Week 31 The Visit to Grandmother from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry Plantagenet—Thomas à Becket from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Bobby Coon Arrives from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Death of Oliver from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Fairy Queen from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Water of Life from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Lost Book Found in the Temple from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Bomb from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Visitors from the Sea from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Early Life of Abraham Lincoln from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Two Pots from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Champion of Athens (Part 2 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Ant's Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Mr. Toad (Part 2 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Child's Evening Prayer by Sabine Baring-Gould To Summer by William Blake Over Hill, Over Dale by William Shakespeare Over Hill, Over Dale by William Shakespeare Poem by Rachel Field The Fairies Have Never a Penny to Spend by Rose Fyleman Harry Hippopotamus by Helen Cowles Le Cron
Week 32 Two Visits and What Came of Them from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry Plantagenet—The Conquest of Ireland from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Buster Bear Nearly Breaks Up School from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Death of Roland from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall A Great Dramatist from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Last Four Kings of Judah and the Weeping Prophet (Part 1 of 2) from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
A Story of Old Rome from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Painted Turtle from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Lincoln in Public Life from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Goose and the Golden Egg from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Oracle from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Ants at Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Part 1 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Sea by Barry Cornwall The Schoolboy by William Blake To a Butterfly by William Wordsworth Hiawatha's Childhood by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poem by Rachel Field Song for Music by Thomas Hood Very Nearly by Queenie Scott-Hopper
Week 33 A New Chapter about New Things from Heidi by Johanna Spyri The Story of Richard Coeur de Lion from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Buster Bear's Big Cousins from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Return of Charlemagne from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Golden Days of Good Queen Bess from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Old Hag of the Forest from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Last Four Kings of Judah and the Weeping Prophet (Part 2 of 2) from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Saved by a Dolphin from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Cardinal Flowers from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Something about the Civil War from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Fighting Bulls and the Frog from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
His First Labor: The Lion from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon
The Ants on a Trip from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Part 2 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Song of Illyrian Peasants by Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Fly by William Blake The Dustman by Bliss Carman The Windy Night by Thomas Buchanan Read Poem by Rachel Field Night-Scented Flowers by Felicia Dorothea Hemans Farewell to the Farm by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 34 Fraulein Rottenmeier Spends an Uncomfortable Day from Heidi by Johanna Spyri The Story of How Blondel Found the King from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Unc' Billy and Old Mrs. Possum from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Coming of the Emir of Babylon from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall First Voyage of the East India Company from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Simpleton and His Little Black Hen from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton What Ezekiel Saw in the Valley from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
"Little Brothers of the Air" from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Nim Fay, the Sap Drinker from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Something about the Spanish War from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Mouse and the Weasel from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter His Second Labor: The Hydra from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Farmer Ants from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Toad's Adventures (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Kentucky Babe by Richard Henry Buck Laughing Song by William Blake Farm-Yard Song by John Townsend Trowbridge To a Child: Written in Her Album by William Wordsworth Poem by Rachel Field Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson The Swallow by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Week 35 There Is a Great Commotion in the Large House from Heidi by Johanna Spyri John Lackland—The Story of Prince Arthur from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Lightfoot, Blacktail and Forkhorn from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Punishment of Ganelon from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Story of Henry Hudson from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Katie Woodencloak from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton Saint Giles from In God's Garden by Amy Steedman
A Clever Slave from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Sandy the Swallow from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch How the Unted States Became Larger (Part 1 of 2) from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Farmer and the Snake from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
His Third Labor: The Stag from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon
Ants and Their Trades from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Toad's Adventures (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Chanticleer by Katherine Tynan Hinkson Nurse's Song by William Blake The Swallow by Christina Georgina Rossetti Dirge on the Death of Oberon, the Fairy King by G. W. Thornbury Poem by Rachel Field The Green Gnome by Robert Buchanan The Mountain and the Squirrel by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Week 36 Herr Sesemann Hears of Things That Are New to Him from Heidi by Johanna Spyri John Lackland—The Story of the Great Charter from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Bugler, Flathorns and Wanderhoof from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess How Robin Hood Came To Live in the Green Wood from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Captain John Smith from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Dwarfs' Tailor from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Jewish Captives in the Court of the King from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Dark Day from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin A Pond‑Lily's Guests from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch How the Unted States Became Larger (Part 2 of 2) from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Sick Stag from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter His Fourth Labor: The Boar from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Slave Ants from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Toad's Adventures (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Nathan Hale by Francis Miles Finch A Dream by William Blake My Heart's in the Highlands by Robert Burns The Sandpiper by Celia Thaxter Poem by Rachel Field Hunting Song by Sir Walter Scott To Mother Fairie by Alice Cary
Week 37 Another Grandmother from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry III of Winchester—Hubert de Burgh from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Thunderfoot, Fleetfoot and Longcoat from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Meeting of Robin Hood and Little John from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Founding of Quebec from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Christmas Cuckoo from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Golden Image and the Fiery Furnace from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Surly Guest from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Dusky Ducks from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Benjamin Franklin (Part 1 of 4) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Goatherd and the Wild Goats from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
His Fifth Labor: The Augean Stable from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon
Wonder Ants from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Wayfarers All (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
September by Frank Dempster Sherman To Morning by William Blake The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear Allen-a-Dale by Sir Walter Scott Poem by Rachel Field When I Was a Little Boy, Anonymous Young Night-Thought by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 38 Heidi Gains in One Way and Loses in Another from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry III of Winchester—Simon de Montfort from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Two Wonderful Mountain Climbers from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Wedding of Allan-a-Dale from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Pilgrim Fathers from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Clever Manka from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Tree That Was Cut Down and Grew Again from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Story of a Great Story from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Signs on the Hill from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Benjamin Franklin (Part 2 of 4) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Spendthrift and the Swallow from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter More Labors from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Ways of Ants from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Wayfarers All (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
De Sheepfol' by Sarah Platt Greene The Fairy by William Blake The Arrow and the Song by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Pebbles by Frank Dempster Sherman Poem by Rachel Field The Windmill by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I Love You, Mother by Joy Allison
Week 39 A Ghost in the House from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry III—The Story of the Poisoned Dagger from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Piggy and Hardshell from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Robin Hood and the Butcher from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Thirty Years of War from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Susan Walker, What a Talker! from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Writing upon the Wall from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The King and the Page from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Old Boulder from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Benjamin Franklin (Part 3 of 4) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Cat and the Birds from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter His Eleventh Labor: The Garden of the Hesperides from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mr. Worm and His Family from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Wayfarers All (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Campbells Are Comin', Anonymous The Cloud by Sara Teasdale The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt The Lost Doll by Charles Kingsley Poem by Rachel Field SEPTEMBER POEM The Drum by Eugene Field
Week 40 A Summer Evening on the Mountain from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Edward I—The Little War of Chalons from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall The Mammals of the Sea from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Robin Hood and the Bishop from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Dutch at Sea from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Aschenputtel from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton Daniel in the Den of Lions from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Hunted King from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Heath Bells and Berries from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Benjamin Franklin (Part 4 of 4) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Dog and the Oyster from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter His Twelfth Labor: The Descent into Hades from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mr. Earth-Worm at Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Further Adventures of Toad (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Owl by Alfred Lord Tennyson To Autumn by William Blake The Eagle by Alfred Lord Tennyson The Captain Stood on the Carronade by Frederick Marryat Poem by Rachel Field The Sandpiper by Celia Thaxter October's Party by George Cooper
Week 41 Sunday Bells from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Edward I—The Lawgiver from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall The Ol' Beech Pa'tridge (Part 1 of 2) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long Robin Hood and Maid Marian from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Great South Land from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Puss in Boots; or, The Master Cat from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Story of a Joyous Journey from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
"Try, Try Again!" from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Cone Hunt from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Daniel Webster (Part 1 of 5) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Astrologer from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Choice of Hercules from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mr. Worm at Work from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Further Adventures of Toad (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Hag by Robert Herrick The Clod and the Pebble by William Blake To an Autumn Leaf, Anonymous October's Bright Blue Weather by Helen Hunt Jackson Poem by Rachel Field Sir Patrick Spens, Anonymous Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 42 Preparations for a Journey from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Edward I—The Hammer of the Scots from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall The Ol' Beech Pa'tridge (Part 2 of 2) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long Robin Hood and the Silver Arrow from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Van Riebeek's Colony from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Murdoch's Rath from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton Saint Ursula (Part 1 of 2) from In God's Garden by Amy Steedman
Why He Carried the Turkey from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin A Tuft of Evening Primroses from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Daniel Webster (Part 2 of 5) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin Three Bullocks and a Lion from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Tunic of Nessus from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mr. Worm's Cottage by the Sea from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Further Adventures of Toad (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Cavalier's Escape by Walter Thornbury Eternity by William Blake ---OCTOBER--- The Sands of Dee by Charles Kingsley Poem by Rachel Field Auld Daddy Darkness by James Ferguson Robin Redbreast by William Allingham
Week 43 A Visitor from Heidi by Johanna Spyri The Story of King Robert the Bruce and Bohun from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Following the Deer (Part 1 of 6) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long Robin Hood and King Richard from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall In the Days of Oliver Cromwell from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Faithful John, the King's Servant from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton Saint Ursula (Part 2 of 2) from In God's Garden by Amy Steedman
The Paddle-Wheel Boat from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin A Strange Cloak from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Daniel Webster (Part 3 of 5) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin Mercury and the Woodman from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Apple of Discord from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mr. Worm at Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright "Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears" (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Lullaby for Titania by William Shakespeare The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake Lord Lovel, Anonymous Friends by L. G. Warner Poem by Rachel Field The Basket-Makers by E. V. Lucas Jack Frost by Gabriel Setoun
Week 44 A Compensation from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Story of the Battle of Bannockburn from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Following the Deer (Part 2 of 6) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long The Death of Robin Hood from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Two Famous Admirals from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Flax from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The New Temple on Mount Moriah from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Caliph and the Gardener from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Sir Talis from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Daniel Webster (Part 4 of 5) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Frog and the Mouse from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Daedalus and Icarus from A Child's Book of Myths and Enchantment Tales by Margaret Evans Price A Look at a House-Fly from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright "Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears" (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Indian Summer by John Greenleaf Whittier Thoughts by Sara Teasdale Gaelic Lullaby, Anonymous The Frost Spirit by John Greenleaf Whittier Poem by Rachel Field Indian Summer by John Greenleaf Whittier How the Leaves Came Down by Susan Coolidge
Week 45 Winter in Dorfli from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Edward III of Windsor—The Battle of Sluys from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Following the Deer (Part 3 of 6) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long The Early Home of Joan from The Beautiful Story of Joan of Arc by Viola Ruth Lowe De Ruyter from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Molly Whuppie from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Beautiful Queen of Persia (Part 1 of 2) from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Cowherd Who Became a Poet from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Vase and the Plume from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Daniel Webster (Part 5 of 5) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Fox and the Crab from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Diana and Actaeon from A Child's Book of Myths and Enchantment Tales by Margaret Evans Price How To Look at a Fly from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright "Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears" (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Splendor Falls by Alfred Lord Tennyson From Auguries of Innocence by William Blake November by Alice Cary ---NOVEMBER--- Sunday from Poems by Rachel Lyman Field The Tiger by William Blake Jack Frost by Hannah Flagg Gould
Week 46 The Winter Continues from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Edward III of Windsor—The Battle of Crecy from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Following the Deer (Part 4 of 6) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long The First Call from The Beautiful Story of Joan of Arc by Viola Ruth Lowe The Founder of Pennsylvania from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge How One Turned His Trouble to Some Account from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Beautiful Queen of Persia (Part 2 of 2) from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Lover of Men from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Port of Elm from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Abraham Lincoln (Part 1 of 4) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Serpent and the Eagle from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Pegasus and Bellerophon from A Child's Book of Myths and Enchantment Tales by Margaret Evans Price Mrs. Fly and Her Foes from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Return of Ulysses (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
I Live for Those Who Love Me by G. Linnaeus Banks Rain at Night by Sara Teasdale The Pig and the Hen by Alice Cary The Owl by Alfred Lord Tennyson At the Bank from Poems by Rachel Lyman Field Robin Hood and the Ranger, Anonymous Come, Little Leaves by George Cooper
Week 47 News from Distant Friends from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Edward III of Windsor—The Siege of Calais from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Following the Deer (Part 5 of 6) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long The Journey to Chinon from The Beautiful Story of Joan of Arc by Viola Ruth Lowe The Pilgrim's Progress from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Little Freddy with His Fiddle from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Scribe Who Wrote the Old Testament from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Charcoal Man and the King from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Junco from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Abraham Lincoln (Part 2 of 4) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Phaeton and the Chariot of the Sun from A Child's Book of Myths and Enchantment Tales by Margaret Evans Price Of What Use Are Flies from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Return of Ulysses (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Ghost Fairies by Frank Dempster Sherman Stars by Sara Teasdale Don't Give Up by Phœbe Cary The Sandman by Margaret Vandegrift Fog from Poems by Rachel Lyman Field Thanksgiving by Amelia Barr Thanksgiving Day by Lydia Maria Child
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READING-LITERATURE: Third Reader  by Harriette Taylor Treadwell

The Ugly Duckling

It was glorious out in the country. Cornfields were waving, oats were green, and hay stood in great stacks in the meadows. Beyond the fields and meadows were great forests and pools of water. On a sunny slope stood a pleasant old farmhouse, and near it flowed a little stream of water. At the water's edge grew great burdocks, so high that little children could stand under them. The spot was as wild as the middle of a deep woods.

In this snug place sat a duck upon her nest watching for her young brood to hatch. At last one eggshell after another cracked open. And from each egg a little duckling stuck out its head and cried, "Peep, peep!"

"Quack! quack!" said the mother, and out they came as fast as they could. Then the mother let them look about as much as they liked, for green is good for the eyes.

"How big the world is!" said the little ducklings.

"Do you think this is all the world?" asked the mother. "Wait till you get to the garden. The big world extends far beyond it. Are you all out of your shells? No, the largest egg is still unbroken." So she sat down again.

"Well, how goes it?" asked an old duck who came to pay her a visit.

"There is one egg that will not hatch," said the duck, "but only look at the other ducklings. They look just like their father."

"Let me see the egg that will not hatch," said the visitor. "It must be a turkey's egg. The little turkey will not go into the water, and it will give you trouble. Take my advice and leave it."

"I think I will sit on it a little longer," said the mother duck. "A few days will not matter much."

At last the great egg cracked. "Peep! peep!" said the duckling, and out it tumbled. Oh, how large and ugly it was!

"Can it really be a turkey chick?" said the mother. "We shall see when we get to the water."

Next day the mother duck went down to the water with all her little ones. She jumped into the water with a splash. "Quack! quack!" she cried, and one duckling after another plunged in. The water closed over their heads, but they all came up again. They swam about very prettily and the ugly gray duckling swam with them.

"No, he is not a turkey," said the mother. "Look how well he can use his legs. He is my own child, and he's not so very ugly."

"Quack! quack! Come with me now," said the mother. "I will lead you out into the great world and introduce you to the farmyard. But keep close to me, so that no one can step on you."

"Bow your heads before that old duck yonder, she is the grandest duck here. See, she has a red rag around her leg. That is a great honor. Come, now, don't turn your toes in. A well-bred duck turns its toes out, just like father and mother. Now bend your necks and say, Quack!"

They did as they were told, but the other ducks said, "Look, here comes another brood, and how ugly that one is! We don't want him here." Then one of the ducks, flew at the ugly duckling and bit him in the neck.

"Let him alone," said the mother; "he is doing no harm."

"But he is so ugly," said the duck who had bitten him. "He must be turned out."

"Those are pretty children that the mother has there," said the old duck with the rag around her leg. "They are all pretty but that one. He has not turned out well."

"He is not pretty, but he is a good child," said his mother, "and he swims as well as the others. I may even say he swims better. I think he will grow up to be pretty. He stayed too long in the egg." And she stroked his neck and smoothed his feathers.

When the turkey cock saw the duckling he blew himself up like a ship in full sail, and gobbled and grew quite red. The poor little duckling did not know what to do. The ducks bit him, and the hens pecked him.

The duckling was very unhappy and at last ran away. He flew over the hedge, and frightened the little birds in the bushes.

"They are afraid of me because I am so ugly," thought the duckling. Then he flew on farther and came to a moor where some wild ducks lived.

"What sort of duck are you?" they asked, coming around him.

The little duckling turned in every direction and bowed as well as he knew how.

"You are really very ugly," said the wild ducks, and they swam away.

Poor duckling, how lonely he was! He lay among the reeds and drank some of the water of the moor.

At last there came two wild geese who had not been long out of the egg. That is why they were so saucy.

"Listen, friend," said one of them, "you are so ugly that I like you. Will you come with me and be a bird of passage? Not far from here is another moor, in which there are some pretty wild geese. It is a chance for you to get a wife, ugly as you are."

Bang! bang! and the geese fell dead in the swamp. Bang! bang! and whole flocks of wild geese rose up from the reeds. A great hunt was going on. The hunters lay hidden all around. Some were even sitting on the branches of the trees. The hunting dogs came splash! splash! into the swamp, and the rushes and reeds bent down on every side.

That was a fright for the poor duckling. He turned his head and put it under his wing. At that moment a great dog dashed close to him. His tongue hung far out of his mouth and his eyes glared at the duckling. He thrust out his nose, showed his sharp teeth, and, splash! splash! on he went without touching him.

"Well, let me be thankful," sighed the duckling; "I'm so ugly that even the dogs will not bite me." So he lay quite still while gun after gun was fired, and the shots rattled through the reeds.

Late in the day all became quiet, but even then the poor little thing dared not stir. He waited for several hours before he looked around, and then he ran over field and meadow as fast as he could.

Toward night he reached a poor little cottage. The hut was so old that it did not know on which side it should fall. That is why it remained standing at this time.

The door was open, for it had lost one of its hinges. The storm grew worse and worse. The poor duckling was too tired to go on, so he slipped through the open door into the room.

Here lived an old woman with her cat and her hen. The cat could arch his back and purr and give out sparks when his fur was stroked the wrong way. The hen had little short legs and was called "chick-a-biddy-short-shanks." She laid good eggs and the woman loved her as her own child.

In the morning the old woman found the strange duckling. She could not see very well and she thought he was a fat duck. "Now we shall have duck's eggs," said she. So the duckling was allowed to stay. He stayed three weeks but no eggs came.

Now, the cat thought he was the master of the house, and the hen thought she was the mistress, and they always said, "We are the world."

"Can you lay eggs?" asked the hen.

"No," said the duckling.

"Then you'll have the goodness to hold your tongue!"

And the cat said, "Can you curve your back and purr and give out sparks?"

"No," said the duckling.

"Then keep still when we are speaking."

So the duckling sat alone in the corner and was very unhappy. The fresh air and the sunshine came in at the open door, and he longed to be out on the water.

"What are you thinking of?" said the hen.

"It is so fine to swim on the water when the water closes over your head and you plunge to the bottom," said the duckling.

"Well, that is a queer sort of pleasure," said the hen; "I think you must be crazy. Ask the cat about it. He is the wisest animal I know. Ask him if he likes to swim on the water, or plunge to the bottom. Ask our mistress, the old woman. There is no one in the world wiser than she. Do you think she has any wish to swim, or to let the water close over her head?"

"You do not understand me," said the duckling.

"What! we do not understand you? Then pray, who is to understand you? Do you think yourself wiser than the cat or the old woman? I won't say anything of myself. Be thankful for all we have done for you. Learn to lay eggs or to purr and give out sparks," said the hen.

"I think I will go out into the wide world," said the duckling.

"Yes, do go," said the hen.

And he went away. He swam on the water and dived, but he was lonesome, for all the animals passed him by because he was so ugly.

Now the autumn came and it was very cold. The air was heavy with hail and snowflakes, and on the fence stood a raven crying, "Croak! croak!" because he was so cold.

One evening a whole flock of great white birds came out of the bushes. They were swans. They had long slender necks and they uttered a strange cry.

As he watched them the ugly duckling felt quite strange and gave such a strange cry that it frightened even himself. He could not forget those beautiful, happy birds, and he loved them more than he had ever loved anyone.

The swans spread their wings and flew higher and higher. He watched them till they were out of sight. Then he dived to the bottom of the water.

The winter grew cold and the duckling swam around in the water to keep from freezing. Every night the hole in which he swam grew smaller and smaller. Then it froze so hard that the duckling had to use his legs to keep from freezing fast. At last he became tired and lay quite stiff and cold on the ice.

The next morning a farmer found the duckling and carried him home to his wife. The warm room soon revived him, but the children frightened him. In his terror he fluttered into the milk pan and splashed the milk about the room. The woman slapped her hands and that frightened him still more. He flew into the butter tub and then into the meal barrel. How strange he looked then! The children chased him with the fire tongs. They screamed and laughed at him. The door was open and he slipped out into the snow. All winter long he was cold and hungry.

Then the warm sun began to shine and the duckling shook his wings and found they were strong. Soon he found himself in a beautiful garden. The willow trees bent their long green branches into the stream and the apple trees were in full bloom. And out of the thicket came the same beautiful white swans, swimming lightly over the smooth water.

"I will fly to those royal birds," he said. "They will kill me because I am so ugly, but it does not matter. It is better to be killed than to be bitten by the ducks, pecked by the hens, and beaten by everyone."

So he flew into the water and swam toward the beautiful birds. They saw him and swam to meet him.

The poor duckling bowed his head upon the water and said, "Only kill me." But the swans stroked his neck with their beaks.

Then in the clear water beneath him he saw another swan more beautiful than the others. "That is my image," he cried, "I am no longer an ugly duckling. I am a beautiful swan." And he hid his head under his wing, for he was so happy he did not know what to do.

Some children came into the garden and cried, "See, a new swan has come and he is more beautiful than any of the others."

Then the young swan lifted his slender neck and, in the joy of his heart, said, "I never dreamed of such happiness when I was an ugly duckling."

Hans Christian Andersen