New National First Reader eBook

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Are you not afraid of him, Frank?

No, he will not hurt us.  Do you not see the man feed him from his hand?  What a funny bear!  See, Frank, how he stands up on his hind legs, and holds the stick in his paws!  Is he strong, Frank?

Yes, he is very strong, and his fur coat is warm.

Where did the man get him, Frank?

I do not know.  We will go and ask him.



were things caught hunt’ing sir dance fell dogs cut

How do you do, sir?

How do you do, boys?

You have a nice bear there, sir.  We like to see him play.  Where did you get him?

I was hunting with my dogs, and saw a little bear up in a tree.

I cut the tree down, and as soon as it fell, the dogs and I caught him.


Were you not afraid of him?

O no! he was too small to hurt me then.

You like to see him play, do you?

Yes, sir.  What can he do?

He can hold a stick in his paws, dance very well on his hind legs, and do many other funny things.



fro long mous’ie run’ning a go’ silk al’ways com’ing time glow spied


  I have a little kitty,
    Her fur is white as snow. 
  In the barn she likes to play,
    Running to and fro.

  In the barn a little mousie,
    A long time ago,
  Saw my little kitty coming,
    Running to and fro.

  Two black eyes has little kitty,
    Eyes that always glow,
  And she spied the little mousie,
    Running to and fro.

  Four soft paws has little kitty,
    Soft as silk, I know,
  And they caught the little mousie,
    Running to and fro.


[Script:  Ann is a good girl.]



Mamma’, did you see the kitty catch the little mousie in the barn?

Yes, kitty spied the mousie running to and fro.

I saw her pretty black eyes glow, and soon she caught the mousie in her paws.

What a pretty kitty she is!  Her fur is like silk.

But look, mamma’!  There is the man coming with his bear.  May I go out to see him?

Yes, Fred, but Frank must go with you.

How well the bear stands up on his hind legs!

Yes, and see how he holds the stick in his paws.

O see him dance!  What funny things he does!  Where did the man get him,
Frank?  Did you ask him?

Yes, and he said that one time, a long while ago, he and his dogs were out hunting, and saw the bear up in a tree.

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