T HE editors' thanks are due to the following authors and publishers for the use of valuable material in this book:
To T. C. and E. C. Jack of Edinburg for permission to use "Holly" and the legend of the "Yew" from "Shown to the Children Series"; to Frederick A Stokes Company for "The Voice of the Pine Trees," from "Myths and Legends of Japan"; tot he Wessels Company for "The First Winter" by W. W. Canfield; to Julia Dodge for permission to use two poems by Mary Mapes Dodge; to the Christian Herald for a poem by Margaret E. Sangster, Jr.; to Lothrop, Lee and Shepherd for "The Pine and the Flax" by Albrekt Segerstedt; to the Outlook Company for a story by Mine Morishima; to the Independent for the poem "Who Loves the Trees Best?"; to Laura E. Richards for her story "Christmas Gifts"; to George Putnam and Sons for "Silver Bells" by Hamish Hendry, and "The Happy Prince" by Oscar Wilde; to the Churchman for a story by John P. Peters; to Dodd, Mead and Company for the story "Holly" from the "Story Hour"; and "Prince Winter" from "The Four Seasons" by Carl Ewald;to George Jacobs for "A Legend of St. Nicholas" from "In God's Garden" by Any Steedman; to A. Flanagan Company for "The New Year's Bell" from "Christ-Child Tales" by Andrea Hofer Proudfoot; to Jay T. Stocking and the Pilgrims Press for "The Snowball That Didn't Melt" from "The Golden Goblet"; to the New York State Museum for permission to use two stories containted in Bulletin 125, by Mrs. H. M. Converse; to Small, Maynard and Company for "A Song of the Snow," from "Complete Works of Madison Cawein."
The selections from James Russell Lowell, Edna Dean Proctor, Celia Thaxter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edith M. Thomas, Margaret Deland, John Townsend Trowbridge, and Frank Dempster Sherman are used by permission of, and by special arrangement with, Houghton, Mifflin Company, authorized publishers of their works.
"Once upon a time," in the winter season suggests happy, young faces grouped about a blazing fire. A heavy snowstorm promises plenty of sport for tomorrow, but at present the cosiness indoors is very attractive, especially now that the evening story hour is at hand. And while the story-teller is slowly choosing his subjects he hears the children's impatient whispers of "The Snow Man," "Prince Winter," "The Legend of Holly," "The Animals' Christmas Tree."
Silence! The story-teller turns his eyes from the glowing fire to the faces of his eager audience. He is ready to begin.
Each season of the year opens a treasury of suggestion for stories. In the beauty and wonder of nature are excellent themes for tales which quicken children's interest in the promise of joyous springtime, in the rich pageantry of ripening summer, in the blessings of generous autumn, and in the merry cheer of grim old winter.
The Pearl Story Book is the fourth volume in a series of nature books each of which emphasizes the interest and beauty characteristic of a particular season. The central theme of this volume is winter, "snow-wrapped and holly-decked."