The Blue Fairy Book - online childrens book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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A POOE widow once lived in a little cottage with a garden in front of it, in which grew two rose trees, one bearing white roses and the other red. She had two children, who were just like the two rose trees; one was called Snow-white and the other Rose-red, and they were the sweetest and best children in the world, always diligent and always cheerful; but Snow-white was quieter and more gentle than Rose-red. Rose-red loved to run about the fields and meadows, and to pick flowers and catch butterflies ; but Snow-white sat at home with her mother and helped her in the household, or read aloud to her when tbere was no work to do. The two children loved each other so dearly that they always walked about hand-in-hand whenever they went out together, and when Snow-white said: ' We will never desert each other,' Rose-red answered : ' No, not as long as we live:" and the mother added : 'Whataver one gets she shall share with the other.' Thev often roamed about in the woods gathering berries and no beast offered to hurt them ; on the contrary, they cam© up to them in the most confiding manner ; the little hare would eat a cabbage leaf from their han,ds, the deer grazed beside them, the stag would bound past them merrily, and the birds remained on the branches and sang to them with all their might. No evil ever befell them; if they tarried late in the wood and night overtook them, they lay down together on the moss ancbslept till morning, and their mother knew they were quite safe, and never felt anxious about them. Once, when they had slept the night in the wood and had been wakened by the morning sun, they per­ceived a beautiful child in a shining white robe sitting close to their resting-place. The figure got up, looked at them kindly, hut said nothing, and vanished into the wood And when they looked round about them they became aware- that they had slept quite close to a precipice, over which they would certainly haye-fallen. had -they gone on a few steps further in the darkness. And when they told
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