The YELLOW FAIRY BOOK - online childrens book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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' Alas ! ' moaned Little Klaus, ' I am so young and yet I must die!'
' And I, poor man,' said the cattle-driver, ' I am so old and yet I cannot die ! '
' Open the sack,' called out Little Klaus; ' creep in here instead of me, and you will die in a moment! '
' I will gladly do that,' said the cattle-driver ; and he opened the sack, and Little Klaus struggled out at once.
' You will take care of the cattle, won't you ? ' asked the old man, creeping into the sack, which Little Klaus fastened up and then went on with the cows and oxen. Soon after Big Klaus came out of the church, and taking up the sack on his shoulders it seemed to him as if it had become lighter; for the old cattle-driver was not half as heavy as Little Klaus.
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