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Group Title: Aunt Mavor's toy books
Title: Hop O'my Thumb
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 Material Information
Title: Hop O'my Thumb
Series Title: Aunt Mavor's toy books
Physical Description: 8 p. : ;
Language: English
Creator: Evans, Edmund, 1826-1905 ( Printer , Engraver )
Routledge, Warne, & Routledge ( Publisher )
Publisher: Routledge, Warne, & Routledge
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: Edmund Evans
Publication Date: [ca. 1880]
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Subject: Publishers' advertisements -- 1880   ( rbgenr )
Fairy tales -- 1880   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1880
Genre: Publishers' advertisements   ( rbgenr )
Fairy tales   ( rbgenr )
fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
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General Note: Cover title.
General Note: Includes publisher's advertisement.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00024352
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 001745435
oclc - 26265469
notis - AJF8216

Table of Contents
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    Hop O'My Thumb
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    Back Cover
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HOP' O'MY THUMB.A VERY poor couple once lived in a village near a wood, where they usedto work; but as they had a family of seven little children, all boys, theycould hardly manage to get food enough. *The least boy was so tiny'thathe was called HoP o' MY THUMB; but though so small, he was very clever.One night, when all the children were lying in bed, their parents werecrying sadly, because there was no food in the house; and Hop o' my Thumbwas quite in a fright when he heard them say, that they would take all theirlittle ones into the wood next day, and there leave them, that they mightnot see them die of hunger. So he got up very early in the morning, andfilled his pockets with pbbles; and when he and his brothers went into thewood, he dropped the stones one by one as he walked along, and by thismeans, when it was getting dark, they found the way home again. But thenext time the poor couple took their children to the wood, the little fellowcould not get pebbles, for he had been locked up all night, and had nothingbut a few crumbs to drop on the road, and these the birds soon ate up. Thewind howled, and the rain fell, and the poor children thought they shouldall perish; but they still kept moving on, in the hope of getting help.i, .1e0 f


Hop o' my Thumb kept a good look-out, and at last he saw a light not faroff. So he cheered up his brothers, and on they went, till they reached a largehouse, from which the light was seen to come. After they had knocked atthe door, a pleasant-looking dame opened it; and Hop o' my Thumb toldhow they had lost their way in the wood, and were very tired and hungry.As soon as she heard their story, she told them to go away as fast as theycould, because her husband, who was an Ogre, and very fond of eatingchildren, would soon be home. But they all cried so much. and begged sohard for food and shelter, that at last she let them in.a


\ !\~\ \\\\\\\ \\MilrVIi/i11The Ogre's wife had only just time to hide the poor children, when theOgre came in, and ordered her to lay the cloth, and bring in some sucking-pigs for his supper. Just as he began to use his great carving-knife'andfork, he cried out gruffly, " I smell child's flesh!" His wife said it was onlythe freshly killed calf; but he was not to be put off so easily, and, on lookingabout, he found the poor boys under the bed. The Ogre gave a look offierce joy when he saw them, but he thought it better to fatten them upbefore he killed them; so he told his wife to give them some supper, and.ut them to bed, in the same room where his daughters were sleeping.8


Hop o' my Thumb, fearing mischief, could not sleep; so he got out ofbed, and, on looking about, saw that the Ogre's daughters all had crowns ontheir heads; he then changed these for the nightcaps worn by his brothersand himself, and when the Ogre came up in the dark, with his great knifeto kill the poor boys, he cut the throats of his own children instead! At:i- peep of day, Hop o' my Thumb awoke his brothers, and made them quicklyget away with him from the house. After they were gone, the Ogre, grinningsavagely, went up to the bed-room; but he became almost mad when hefound he had killed his daughters, andthat the little boys were all gone.-...*.. i 4The Ogre now put on his magic boots, with which he could take sevenleagues at a stride, and set off in pursuit of the poor runaway boys; butHop o' my Thumb had made them all hide in a hole under a rock. By-and-bythe Ogre came back tired and in a very bad humour, and threw himself onthis very rock to sleep. A kind Fairy now appeared to the children, andgave Iop o' my Thumb a nut to crack as soon as he should reach theOgre's house; but the Fairy told him he must first take off the Ogre'sboots, and send his brothers home, and afterwards put on the magic bootsfhimself. and make the best of his way to the Ogre's house.5


Hop o' my Thumb, with the help of the kind Fairy, soon removed theOgre's seven-leagued boots while he was asleep, and put them on his ownlittle legs; but as they were magic boots, they fitted him as well as the Ogre,just, indeed, as if they had been made for him. He now called his brothersout of the hole in the rock, and put them in the way to reach home. Hethen strode on in his magic boots, till he came to the Ogre's house, and,on cracking the nut, he found inside a paper with these words-"Go unto the Ogre's door, These words speak, and nothing more:* Ogress, Ogre cannot come; Great key give to Hop o' my Thumb.'"6


When the Ogre's wife first saw Hop o' my Thumb, she was ready tokill him for having caused the death of her daughters; but no sooner didhe utter the magic words-" Ogress, Ogre cannot come; Great key give to Hop o' my Thumb,"than she gave him the key of the gold chest, and told him to take as muchas he chose. When he saw the great heap of money in the chest, he thought,like a good subject, he should like to help the King to some of the treasure;and so he made the Ogre's wife give him as many bags full of gold as hecould take away in several journeys.7


'-,!While Hop o' my Thumb was so well employed in taking away the wickedOgre's treasure, that monster was still sleeping, after his useless journey insearch of the poor children, on the rock where Hop o' my Thumb left him.When he awoke, and found his magic boots gone, and his limbs so stiff thathe could not move, he made a hideous noise, which aroused all the wild beastsof the forest, and they all flew at him in great fury, and gored him to death.Hop o' my Thumb now went to Court, laden with his hard-won spoil, andpaid his respects to the King, who did him the favour to accept of hisrich gifts, and rewarded him by making him his Head Forester, and hisfather and brothers foresters under him; and whenever the King went outhunting, the little fellow used to ride by his side, on a pretty, ligh-spiritedlittle horse, with rich velvet clothing. The Ogre's kind-hearted wife was alsoinvited to Court, and created Duchess Dollallolla; and she sh ired the restof her husband's wealth with Hop o' my Thumb, who was gi eatly belovedby all for his spirit and good sense; indeed, his Majesty at last dubbed hima Knight, and made him his chief Privy Councillor, saying, that as he hadbeen always so shrewd and clever in helping his brothers, he must surelybe able to give him good advice whenever he might need it.8


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