Our Little Austrian Cousin

Our Little Austrian Cousin by Florence Mendel

Our Little Austrian Cousin by Florence Mendel

In this volume I have endeavored to give my young readers a clearer and a more intimate knowledge than is usually possessed of the vast territory known as the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which is a collection of provinces united under one ruler, and which is, strange to say, the only country of importance in the world that has not a distinctive language of its own, since the various races—German, Slav, Magyar and others—each speak their own tongue. The book is chiefly devoted to Austria proper and Tyrol, but the other provinces, including Dalmatia and Bosnia, are not neglected.

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Dave Dashaway: Air Champion

Dave Dashaway: Air Champion by Roy Rockwood

Dave Dashaway: Air Champion by Roy Rockwood

Never was there a more clever young aviator than Dave Dashaway, and all up-to-date youths will be will surely wish to hear about about him. In this, the last volume of the Dave Dashaway adventure series, Dave, with the assistance of his loyal chum Hiram Dobbs, makes several daring trips, and then enters a contest for a big prize. An aviation tale thrilling in the extreme. Written by Weldon J. Cobb under the Stratemeyer Syndicate pseudonym “Roy Rockwood.”

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Pepper and Carrot – Episode 9

Pepper and Carrot - Episode 9 by David Revoy

Pepper and Carrot – Episode 9 by David Revoy

Adventures of Pepper and her cat Carrot. In her ninth adventure, it’s the day after the birthday party and Pepper realizes that she left her security alarm on and it took all her party guests. With the guests now mad, Carrot decides he and the other pets should pretend to eat poisonous mushrooms so the girls have to work together to make them better, but does it work?

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Pepper and Carrot – Episode 3

Pepper and Carrot - Episode 3 by David Revoy

Pepper and Carrot – Episode 3 by David Revoy

Adventures of Pepper and her cat Carrot. In her third adventure, it’s market day and Pepper realized she doesn’t have much money. A Nemesis arrives and goats Pepper to compete in the potion contest the next day. Pepper and Carrot then go on an adventure to get an array of difficult ingredients, but to make what?

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Pepper and Carrot – Episode 17

Pepper and Carrot - Episode 17 by David Revoy

Pepper and Carrot – Episode 17 by David Revoy

Adventures of Pepper and her cat Carrot. In her seventeenth adventure, frustrated in not learning anything Pepper leaves home to learn from other witches. She gets caught in a storm and must find her own way without a broom or compass. Little does she realize she has learned from her Godmother’s but just didn’t realize it.

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The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer

The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer by Thornton W. Burgess

The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer by Thornton W. Burgess

The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer is another set of children’s stories by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. More serious than some of Burgess’ other children’s books, much of this book chronicles the tense predator-prey relationship of a human hunter and Lightfoot the Deer during the autumn hunting season. Later, Lightfoot discovers a hunt of a different kind.

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Hans Brinker

Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dodge

Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dodge

Mary Mapes Dodge created an instant bestseller with “Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates.” She wanted the book to be partly a book of travels and partly a domestic story. It is a tale written for children that adults also find interesting and uplifting. Dodge writes as if she is sending a series of letters from Holland to children in America, and her you-are-there perspective is aided by a nice attention to detail and vivid imagery.

The Brinkers are a poor but stoic family under a dark cloud – Raff, the man of the house, fell from the dikes while reinforcing them during a bad storm, and for ten years he has been in a vegetative state. With no steady income, the family’s lot is grinding poverty. Despite their unfortunate circumstances, Hans and Gretel are cheerful children, yet always attentive to the needs of their mother and their present-but-not-really-there father. Their social standing is very low, but they both attract firm friends, even among the gentry, for their honesty, industry, and good-heartedness.

Then a glorious skating race is proposed for the town of Broek, with the prize a pair of silver skates for both the winning boy and girl. In the weeks leading up to the race, we follow the adventures of five of the local boys who are showing a visiting relative from England the sights of the Netherlands. Hans improbably meets the one man who might be able to heal his father, and somehow Hans finds a way to afford some skates so that he and Gretel can enter the race.

This all leads up to a dramatic, moving, and entirely satisfactory conclusion. “Hans Brinker” hits a series of high notes and encourages children to cultivate and display their finer qualities.

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The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk

The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk by Thornton W. Burgess

The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk by Thornton W. Burgess

The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk is another in the long list children’s books by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, Jimmy Skunk has encounters with Reddy Fox, Peter Rabbit, Unc’ Billy Possum and other acquaintances of his in the Green Meadows and Green Forest. Along the way, we learn some of the habits of Jimmy and his friends and we learn little lessons about life such as the importance of always keeping one’s temper, keeping promises and not playing practical jokes. We are also treated to a philosophical discussion by Jimmy Skunk on the advantages of defensive weaponry.

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The Wonder Garden

The Wonder Garden by Frances Jenkins Olcott

The Wonder Garden by Frances Jenkins Olcott

Here are 150 nature myths and short stories from all parts of the World. They are the kind that children delight in — tales of transformations of maidens into trees and fountains, of youths into flowers, and of men into birds. Blossoms, fragrance, and joy are the themes of many of these tales, while a few a tender, pathetic, or humorous.

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