THE OLIVE FAIRY BOOK - online childrens book

A Collection of Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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to play with her; but they only stared rudely, and said :
' Where did you pick up that strange object ? She is very ugly to be sure, but one ought to pity her for she has only two legs.'
' Yes, and no feelers,' added another ; ' and she is so thin! Well, our brother has certainly very odd taste !'
' Indeed he has!' echoed the others. And they repeated it so loud and so often that, in the end, he believed it too, and snatching her up from the tree where
he had placed her, set her down upon a daisy which grew near the ground.
Here Maia stayed for the whole summer, and really was not at all unhappy. She ventured to walk about by herself, and wove herself a bed of some blades of grass, and placed it under a clover leaf for shelter. The red cups that grew in the moss held as much dew as she wanted, and the cockchafer had taught her how to get honey. But summer does not last for ever, and by-and-
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