The BROWN FAIRY BOOK - online children's book

Edited By Andrew Lang and With Numerous Illustrations By H. J. Ford (volume 9 of 12)
Published By Longmans, Green, And Co London, Circa 1904




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The The stories in this Fairy Book come from all quarters of the world. For example, the adventures of ' Ball-Carrier and the Bad One ' are told by Bed Indian grandmothers to Eed Indian children who never go to school, nor see pen and ink. ' The Bunyip' is known to even more uneducated little ones, running about with no clothes at all in the bush, in Australia. You may see photographs of these merry little black fellows before their troubles begin, in ' Northern Eaces of Central Australia,' by Messrs. Spencer and Gillen. They have no lessons except in tracking and catching birds, beasts, fishes, lizards, and snakes, all of which they eat. But when they grow up to be big boys and girls, they are cruelly cut about with stone knives and frightened with sham bogies—' all for their good ' their parents say—and I think they would rather go to school, if they had their choice, and take their chance of being birched and bullied. However, many boys might think it better fun to begin to learn hunting as soon as they can walk. Other stories, like ' The Sacred Milk of Koumongoe,' come from the Kaffirs in Africa, whose dear papas are not so poor as those in Australia, but have plenty of cattle and milk, and good mealies to eat, and live in houses like very big bee-hives, and wear clothes of a sort, though not very like our own. ' Pivi and Kabo' is a tale from the brown people in the island of New Caledonia, where a boy is never allowed to speak to or knows why, so curious are the manners of this remote island.

I have had to rearrange the pages a bit so the full page illustrations are all now at the beginning of the book. Otherwise the page order is unchanged. Deduct 100 from the numbers shown to get the original page numbers.