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The buds on the trees come out at my call. The brown seeds hear me and start to grow. I am the South Wind, and I come very fast. Do you wish me to help you?

Have you mills to turn? Have you kites to fly? Have you plants to grow? Have you

clothes to dry?

How many things South Wind can do! Fly our kites, South Wind, and open the buds on the trees. Call to the little brown seeds, and dry the clothes, if you please.

bird'ies

glad

sang

Over in the meadow,

In a hole in a tree,
Lived a mother bluebird

And her little birdies three.
"Sing!" said the mother;

"We sing," said the three. So they sang, and were glad,

In the hole in the tree.

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BRUCE STAYS AT HOME

BRUCE STAYS AT HOME

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wag'on meets sun'light road Bob Nell

Bruce likes to run with the wagon when his master drives to town. He meets many dog friends. He sees many new things.

When Mr. Tucker drives out of the barnyard with his big wagon, Bruce runs to the horses' heads and jumps and barks with joy.

One morning Mr. Tucker was ready to go to town. Eggs and butter and cheese were in the wagon. Green branches covered them from

the hot sunlight.

Bruce jumped and barked at the horses' heads, as they pulled the wagon through the gate. He looked down the long road under the trees and barked again. It was a fine morning for a run.

"Wait, Bob and Nell," said the master to his horses. "Come here, Bruce!"

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Mr. Tucker looked down at the dog. "There is no one here to help Mrs. Tucker to-day," he said. "Those naughty pigs may go into the garden again. Don't you think you should be here to help her while I am away?"

Bruce looked at Mr. Tucker. His head went down, and his tail went down. He looked down the beautiful road under the trees.

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Then he looked at Mr. Tucker again. Maybe it was a joke. But it was not a joke; for Mr. Tucker did not smile.

The dog looked once again down the road, and then walked slowly back to the house. "Poor dog!" said his master. glad to take him with me. man on the place."

"I should be But he is the only

'Go on, Bob and Nell. and come back as soon as we can.'

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We must go fast,

SEWING FOR DOLLY

I'm

dol'ly she's

I'm making a dress for dolly,
A beautiful dress of blue;
She's going away to the sea-
shore,

sea'shore

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And she must have something new.

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THE SUN AND THE WIND

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than off try first

stron'ger

The Sun and the North Wind met on a hill

one morning in spring.

"I am strong," said the Sun. "I can do many things. I turn ice into water, and water into clouds. I warm the ground, and make the plants grow. I give color to leaves

and flowers!"

"I am stronger than you," said North Wind. "I turn water into ice. I cover the ground with snow. I help turn the leaves brown, and I take away the colors of the flowers."

"Here comes a man up the hill," said the Sun. "He has on a thick coat, Let us see who can make him take off his coat. The one

who can do that is the stronger."

"Let me try first," said the North Wind.

"I know I am stronger than you."

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