The Complete Fairy Tales & Other Stories
By Hans Christian Andersen - online book

Oxford Complete Illustrated Edition all his stories written between 1835 and 1872.

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THE STORKS                             173
Then she flew a little way, and the young ones made a little clumsy leap. Bump !—there they lay, for their bodies were too heavy.
' I will not fly ! ' said one of the young Storks, and crept back into the nest; ' I don't care about getting to the warm countries.'
1 Do you want to freeze to death here, when the winter comes ? Are the boys to come and hang you, and singe you, and roast you ? Now I'll call them.'
1 Oh, no ! ' cried the young Stork, and hopped out on to the roof again like the rest.
On the third day they could actually fly a little, and then they thought they could also soar and hover in the air. They tried it, but—bump !—down they tumbled, and they had to flap their wings again quickly enough. Now the boys came into the street again, and sang their song :
Stork, stork, fly away!
1 Shall we fly down and pick their eyes out ? ' asked the young Storks.
'No,' replied the mother, ' let them alone. Only listen to me, that's far more important. One, two, three!—now