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A little girl went in search of flowers for her mother. It was early in the day, and the grass was wet. Sweet little birds were singing all around her.

And what do you think she found besides flowers? A nest with young birds in it.

While she was looking at

them, she

heard

the mother

bird chirp, as if she said, "Do not touch my children, little girl, for I love them dearly."

The little girl now thought how dearly her own mother loved her.

So she left the birds. Then, picking some flowers, she went home, and told her mother what she had seen and heard.

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"Mamma, will you go to town?"

"What do you ask for a ticket

on your train?"

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"Oh! we will give you a ticket, mamma."

"About what time will you get

back?"

At half past eight."

"Ah! that is after bedtime. Is this the fast train?"

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"Yes, this is the lightning train.' "Oh! that is too fast for me." "What shall we get for you in town, mamma?"

"A big basket, with two good little children in it."

"All right! Time is up! Ding,

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at play? Some run and jump, some play ball, and three little girls play school under a tree. What a big room for such a small school!

Mary is the teacher. They all have books in their hands, and Fanny is reading.

They are all good girls, and would not be rude even in playing school.

Kate and Mary listen to Fanny as she reads from her book. What do you think she is reading about? I will tell you. It is about a poor little boy who was lost in the woods.

When Fanny has finished, the three girls will go home.

In a little while, too, the boys will give up their playing.

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