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C i 148 ILLUSTRATIONS.
BY CHARLES FOSTER,
Author of the "Story of the Bible," etc.
PUBLISHED BY THE
CIA RULES FOSTER PUBLISHING CO.,
No. 716 Sansom Street,
JESUS IN THE MANGER.
Copyright 1882, by Charles Foster.
Copyright 1885, by Charles Foster.
A CONSIDERABLE portion of this
book was read during its prepara-
tion to children in Kindergartens.
"They appeared to be interested, and
listened attentively. It was found
important when reading to them to
speak slowly and distinctly, thus
giving the little hearers time to
understand every word.
"Although the author's aim has
been to make the book answer its
purpose without alteration or addi-
tion, it would always be well for the
judicious parent or teacher, when
instructing from it, to enlarge on
the text and modify the questions
according to the age and intel-
yligence of the pupils.
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JESUS BLESSING LITTLE CHILDREN.
I WANT tO
talk with you a lit-
tle while and tell
you what I saw. As -A&
I was passing by a --
house I saw a bird-
cage hanging in the
window, with a beau-
tiful little bird in it.
The cage was new,
and it was very pretty.
I know who made it. A man made the cage
to sell it and get money for it. But the
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man did not make the bird. Men can make
cages and chairs and tables and houses, and a
great many other things, but they cannot
make things that are alive. Only God can
God lives up in heaven. We cannot see
him, but he looks down and sees us. He sees
us all the time, not only in the day, but in
the night too.
In the night it is dark. Then we lie down
on our beds and go to sleep. The sun goes
away in the night, and we see the moon
and the stars shining up in the sky. But
in the morning, when the sun comes again,
we cannot see the moon and the stars any
God made the sun and the moon and the
stars, and he put them up in the sky, where
we can see them.
Now I am going to ask you some questions
to see if you remember what I have read to
What did I see hanging in a window ?
What was in the cage?
IN THE NIGHT.
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Who made the cage ?
Did a man make the bird ?
Can men make a great many other things beside
But can they make things that are alive?
Who can make things that are alive?
Where does God live ?
Does he look down and see us in the day, and in
the night too ?
What do we see at night if we look up at the sky?
But in the morning, when the sun comes again, can
we see the moon and the stars any more?
Who made the sun, the moon, and the stars, and
put them up in the sky?
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6 2. BUT we see something else
up in the sky besides the sun
and the moon and the stars.
SWe see the clouds there.
The rain comes down from
the clouds, and in winter, when
Sit gets cold, the snow comes
rr down from the clouds.
Sometimes in winter, when
you get up in the morning and
look out of the window, the
"ground is all covered with white.
The snow makes it white. Then
you put on your warm coat and
your thick shoes and run out
and play in the snow.
SGod made the clouds, and he
made the rain and the snow
S/~ that come down on the ground.
After the snow has all gone,
then the flowers come in the spring. How
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( pretty the red roses are, and the
green grass is pretty too,
S' and the trees covered all
SM o v e r w it h le a v e s T h e
I birds fly about among
the trees and flowers.
SOnce I went to a
house in the country.
SIt had a porch around
it. There was
growing over the
porch. I looked
in among the 1
leaves, and there
I saw some dry grass
and little sticks all
twisted together. It
was a bird's nest.
The bird was sitting -
on the nest. I could
see its little bill and its shining black eyes
and its red breast. It was a robin.
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Presently it flew away. Then I saw three
little young birds in the nest. Very soon
their mother came back. She had a worm
in her mouth, and she fed the little robins
with it. Little birds love worms as much as
little boys love bread and butter.
And I saw another
bird; it was very small,
Shardlyany bigger than
your little finger. It
was called a humming-
bird, because it made
4 a humming noise when
it was flying.
Another time I saw
a big bird called an
eagle. A man had shot
it with his gun. He
EAGLE AND HUMMING-BIRD. was in a wagon driv-
ing along the road, and he stopped his horse
and held up the eagle for me to see it.
It had sharp, crooked claws on its feet.
When it was alive it was so strong that it
could pick up a little lamb or a little pig in
its claws, and fly away with it.
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Ducks and geese are birds too. They love
to swim on the water. God made them all.
He made the robin and the little humming-
bird and the big eagle,
and all the other birds,
and he taught them
i ( how to build their nests.
DUCKS AND GEESE,
If I should give you some dry grass and
little sticks, and tell you to make a nest out
of them, you could not make so nice a nest
as the little birds can. But then the little
birds cannot go to school and learn to read
as you can.
What else do we see up in the sky besides the sun,
the moon, and the stars ?
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What comes down from the clouds?
Who made the clouds and the snow and the rain?
After the snow has all gone, what grows up out of
the ground in the spring ?
What did I see in a honeysuckle vine ?
What was sitting on the nest ?
What did I see in the nest when the robin flew
When the robin came back, what had she in her
What did sh e do with the worm ?
How much do little birds love to eat worms ?
What other bird did I see that was very small,
hardly any bigger than your little finger ?
Why is it called the humming-bird ?
What big bird did I see with sharp, crooked claws
on its feet ?
When the eagle was alive what could it pick up in
its sharp claws and fly away with ?
What do ducks and geese love to do ?
Who made all the birds, and taught them to build
their nests ?
If I should give you some grass and some little
sticks, could you build as nice a nest as the birds
But what can you (1o that the birds cannot do ?
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3. AND God made the animals. Some
animals are wild, and live out in the woods,
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WOLVES AND BEARS.
like wolves and bears. 'And some animals
are tame, like horses and cows and sheep.
Tame animals do not live out in the woods.
They stay where men live, for men to take
care of them. The horse works for the man
who takes care of him. He pulls his wagon
and pulls his plough. The cow gives the
man nice milk for taking care of her, and
the sheep gives him wool.
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HORSE, COW, AND SHEEP.
Wool grows on the sheep's back. Men take
big scissors, called shears, and cut the wool off
of the sheep's back, and they make clothes out
of it. Your warm clothes that you wear in
winter are made out of wool that grew on
the sheep's back.
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Lions and tigers are wild animals. They
are very fierce, and can kill people, but they
LION AND TIGER.
do not live in this country where we live.
They live in countries far away from here.
We often see pictures of them, and some-
times we see them alive when men have them
in a show. But the men have to keep them
in very strong cages, so that they cannot get
out and hurt us.
Who made the animals?
Are some of them wild and some of them tame?
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Do the tame animals live out in the woods ?
Do men have to take care of the tame animals ?
What does the horse do for the man who takes
care of him?
What does the cow give the man who takes care
of her ?
What grows on the sheep's back?
What do men make out of the wool that grows on
the sheep's back ?
Are lions and tigers very fierce animals ?
Do they live in this country where we live ?
Do men sometimes bring them here to show ?
Why do the men have to keep them shut up in
very strong cages ?
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4. AND God made the fishes. They live
under the water. They do not have wings
to fly with, like the birds, or feet to walk
with, like the animals. They have fins to
swim with. Some of the fishes are very
small; you can hold them in your hand.
They could not hurt you, but you could easily
But there are some fishes that are very
large and strong and fierce. They have
great mouths, with sharp teeth in them, and
sometimes they eat up men. These fierce
fishes are called sharks; they live in the sea.
And there are a great many other kinds
of fishes that you and I never saw, because
they are hidden under the water. They are
swimming about there all the time, in the
ponds and in the rivers and in the ocean.
God made the fishes to live in the water.
If we take them out of the water they die.
Who made the fishes ?
Do they have wings to fly with, or feet to walk with?
What do they have to swim with ?
Are there some large fierce fishes that can eat men?
What are they called ?
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Are there a great many other kinds of fishes that
we never see ?
Where did God make the fishes to live ?
If we take them out of the water, what happens
to them ?
5, BUTTERFLIES are insects. They are very
pretty; they have
large wings with
bright colors on
them. Some of
them have red
wings, some yel-
/ low, and some
blue. They fly
about the fields
and the woods in
Tihe bee is not
so pretty as the
TERFY. butterfly, but it
is more useful, because it makes honey. It
lives in a little house that men make for it.
This house is called a hive. Early in the
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morning before you are awake, it comes out
of its hive and flies away to the flowers.
It finds drops of honey in the flowers, and
it takes the honey and carries it back to the
hive, and puts it away
There. The bee goes on
doing this until its hive
is full of honey. Then
S| men come and get the
honey out of the hive,
..and they take it home
with them, because it
is sweet and good to
and the bee
and all the _
other little -
is one little
flies about at
night, and FIREFLY.
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makes a bright light wherever it goes, just as
if it were carrying a little lamp with it. It
is named the firefly.
What are butterflies called ?
What are some of the colors on butterflies' wings?
Do butterflies fly about the fields in the summer-
Is the little bee as pretty as the butterfly ?
"Why is it more useful?
What is the name of the little house that the bee
lives in ?
What does the bee find in the flowers ?
What does it do with the honey ?
Is honey good to eat ?
Who made the butterfly and the bee and all the
other little insects?
What does the firefly do ?
6. ONE day, as I was walking along the
street, I saw a strange-looking man. His
clothes were different from our clothes, and
his shoes were different from our shoes, and
his face looked different from other people's
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I will tell you why he looked so different
from us: he came from another country, a
great way from here. If you wanted to go
to the country where that man came from,
you could not go in a carriage, or even in a
railroad-car. You would have to get in a big
ship and sail away over the sea.
After you had sailed a great many days
and nights you would come to the country
where that strange-looking man lived. And
when you got out of the ship and walked on
the land, you would see a great many more
men who looked like him.
God made all those men. He made all the
men and women and little children in the
world. And lie made you and me. We
ought to love God, because he is our heavenly
Father, who made us and is very kind to us.
What sort of a looking man did I meet one day ?
Did his clothes look like other people's clothes, or
his face like other people's faces ?
Why did this man look so different from other
If you wanted to go to the country that he came
from, how would you have to go ?
SHIP ON T3HE SEA.
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When you got to that country, would you see a
great many more men that looked like the one I
met in the street?
Who made all the men and women and little chil-
dren in the world ?
Why ought we to love God ?
7. AND God made the angels. The angels
do not live in this world where we live; they
live up in heaven with God. They are very
good, and never do wrong; they do only those
things that God tells them to do. Sometimes
God sends the angels down to this world.
I want to tell you a story about an angel.
Once there was a little boy named Ishmael.
His mother was named Hagar. And Hagar,
the little boy's mother, had to go away from
her home. Ishmael's father sent her away.
So she took Ishmael and went out into the
wilderness: that means out into the fields and
woods where nobody lived. It was very warm
in that country; the sun shone very bright
and hot there. And the little boy Ishmael
wanted some water to drink, but his mother
had none to give him.
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HANGAR IS SENT AWAY*
Then his mother laid him under a bush n th
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drink, he was very sick, and was going to die.
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shade, because it was not so hot in the shade
as it was in the sun.
And after Hagar had laid him in the shade
she went a little way off, where she could not see
him, for she did not want to see her little boy
die. And she cried because she was troubled,
And God sent an angel down from heaven,
and the angel came and spoke to Hagar, and
asked what ailed her. And the angel told her
not to cry, but to take Ishmael up and hold
him in her arms. Then the angel showed
Hagar where some water was coming up out
of the ground.
And Hagar took some of the water and
gave it to her little boy Ishmael to drink.
And he got well and strong, and afterward he
grew up to be a man. And he lived out in
the wilderness, and used to shoot with a bow
Who live up in heaven with God?
Are the angels very good ?
Do they always do what God tells them to do?
Does God ever send them down to this world?
What was the name of the little boy in this
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Did his mother take Ishmael out into the wilder-
ness where nobody lived?
Was it very hot in that country ?
What made Ishmael sick ?
Where did his mother lay him down when she
thought he was going to die?
Why did she leave him and go a little way off,
where she could not see him ?
Whom did God send down from heaven to speak
to Hagar ?
What did the angel show Hagar that was coming
up out of the ground ?
What did Hagar do with the water?
Did Ishmael get well after that, and grow up to
be a man ?
Did he live out in the wilderness ?
What did he use to shoot with ?
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8. LET me tell you another story about an
angel. Once there was a great king. A king
is a man that, everybody has to mind. And
this king I am telling you about had some
lions. He kept them in a den; that means
a place where they were shut up, so that they
could not get out and hurt any one with their
great teeth and claws.
And there was a very good man named
Daniel in that country. But there were some
bad men too, who wanted to hurt Daniel. So
they went to the king and asked him to let
them put Daniel in the lions' den.
Now the king did not want them to do
this, but they persuaded him until he let
them do it. So the bad men took Daniel
and put him in the lions' den. Then they
rolled a great stone to the door of the, den,
so that Daniel could not get out, and they
left him there alone with the lions.
After they had done this the king was
very sorry, and he went home to his house.
But he could not sleep all night, because he
was thinking about Daniel.
The next morning he got up very early
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and went quickly to the den of lions. And
he called out with a sad voice, Daniel, for
the king was afraid that Daniel was killed.
But Daniel heard him in the lions' den, and
he answered the king and told him that he
was not hurt.
God had sent an angel, Daniel said, and
the angel stayed with him in the den, and
would not let the lions hurt him. Then the
king was very glad, and he told his servants
to take Daniel up out of the den.
And they took him up, and found that he
was not hurt at all, because the angel had
taken care of him. Let us be good and mind
God like Daniel, and then perhaps God will
send an angel to take care of us if wicked
men should want to do us harm.
What fierce animals did the king in this story
Where did he keep the lions shut up-in a what ?
Why did he keep them in the den ?
What was the name of a good man who lived in
that country ?
What did _ome bad men want to do to Daniel?
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Did the king want them to put Daniel in the
lions' den ?
Did the bad men persuade him until he let them
How did they shut up the den after they had put
Daniel into it?
How did the king feel after he had let them do
this to Daniel ?
Could he sleep when he went home to his house
that night ?
Where did he go early the next morning ?
Whom did he call when he came to the lions'
Did Daniel hear him calling?
Whom had God sent to be with Daniel in the
lions' den ?
And what had the angel kept the lions from do-
Was the king very glad when he heard this ?
Did he tell his servants to take Daniel out of the
When they took Daniel up out of the lions' den,
was he hurt at all ?
If we are good and mind God like Daniel, what,
perhaps, may God do for us?
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9. THE angels live up in heaven with God.
But not only the angels live there; the Son of
God lives up in heaven too. His name is
Jesus. A great while ago God sent his Son
Jesus down to this world where we live. I
want you to listen while I tell you about it.
In a country very far away from here there
was a city. A city is a place where there are
a great many houses and a great many people.
SThe city I am telling you about was named
One day a young woman named Mary came
to Bethlehem. Her husband was named Jo-
seph. Mary and Joseph did not live in Beth-
lehem; it was not their home. They came
there to stay only a little while, so they went
to a house called an inn, where persons used
to go to sleep.
But the inn was full of people. The man
at the inn said there was no room for them.
Then Mary and Joseph went into the stable
A stable, you know, is a place where horses
and cows are kept. There is a place in the
stable for horses, to lie down, and there is a
THERE IS NO ROOM FOR THEM AT THE INN.
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place for them to eat out of. The place that
horses eat out of is called a manger.
Little children eat out of plates, but horses eat
out of mangers. When a man feeds his horse
he pours some corn into the manger. Then the
horse puts his mouth down into the manger
and eats up the corn. And there was a man-
ger in the stable where Mary and Joseph
But now it was night; it was not the time
to put corn in the manger for the horses to
eat. But the manger was not empty. No,
if you had been there and looked into it you
would have seen a little baby in the manger.
This baby was named Jesus, and Jesus was
the Son of God. God had sent Jesus to
Mary. And Mary had no nice cradle to lay
her baby in there in the stable. So when
she had wrapped some clothes around him
she laid him in the manger for his cradle.
Where do the angels live ?
Does the Son of God live up in heaven too ?
What is his name ?
Did Jesus ever come down to this world ?
MARY LAYS JESUS IN THE MANGER.
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What was the name of the city he came to?
What was his mother's name ?
And what her husband's name ?
Did Mary and Joseph live in Bethlehem, or did
they come there to stay only a little while?
Did they go to a house called an inn and ask if
they might sleep there ?
Why could they not stay at the inn?
Where did they go then to sleep ?
What do men keep in a stable?
Is there a place in the stable for horses to eat out
What do we call that place ?
Was it time now to put corn in the manger for the
horses to eat ?
Was the manger empty, then ?
If you had been there and looked into it, what
would you have found?
What was this baby's name ?
Who had sent Jesus to Mary ?
Had Mary any nice bed or cradle to lay her baby
in there in the stable ?
When she had wrapped some clothes around him
where did she lay him ?
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10. IN that country the people used to
have a great many sheep. These sheep stayed
out in the fields to eat the grass. But some-
WOLVES KILLING SHEEP.
times wild beasts, such as bears and wolves,
came into the fields and killed the sheep, so
that men had to stay with them to take care
The men who stayed with the sheep were
called shepherds. They stayed with the sheep
in the day, and in the night too, for the night
was the time when the wild beasts came to
kill the sheep.
kill the sheep.
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On the night that Jesus was born some
shepherds were out in the field taking care
of their sheep. And an angel came down
from heaven and spoke to them. When the
shepherds saw the angel they were afraid, for
I suppose they had never seen an angel be-
But the angel told them not to be afraid,
for he had come to tell them good news. A
little child had been born, he said, to be their
Saviour. The angel meant Jesus, and he
called Jesus the Saviour.
What kind of animals did the people use to have
a great many of in that country ?
Where did the sheep stay so they might getgrrass
to eat ?
Why did men have to stay out in the field to take
care of them ?
What were the men called who took care of the
Did they stay with the sheep in the day, and in the
night too ?
On the night that Jesus was born who came down
from heaven and spoke to some shepherds out in the
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How did the shepherds feel when they saw the
Did the angel say he had come to tell them good
What little child did he say had been born?
Did the angel call Jesus the Saviour?
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11. I WANT to tell you why the angel called
Jesus the Saviour. Suppose you were fast
asleep in your bed at night, and the house
where you lived should get on fire. You
would not know it, but the fire would be
burning more and more, and coming nearer
and nearer to your room and to your bed, and
very soon it would burn you.
SAVED FROM THE FIRE.
But suppose that just then a strong man
should come into your room; he would run
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to your bed and pick you up and hold you in
his arms, and carry you out of the house to a
safe place, so that you would not be burned at
all. That man would save you from the fire,
wouldn't he ?
Or suppose you were out in the woods all
alone, and you heard a sound in the bushes
near you. You looked, and there you saw a
fierce beast, a lion or a bear. You could not
run away from it, because the bear could run
faster than you. It was coming toward you,
SAVED FROM THE BEAR.
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nearer every minute, and you knew that very
soon it would catch you.
But suppose that, just as it reached you,
you heard a gun go off, and the bear fell
down dead. A man who was in the woods
had seen it coming after you, and he shot it
and killed it. That man would save you
from the bear, wouldn't he?
And Jesus came down from heaven to save
us, not from a burning house or a fierce bear,
but he came to save us from our sins.
Our sins are the bad things we do. And
Jesus came to save us from doing those bad
things, and to save us from being punished
for them after we die. That is the reason we
call him our Saviour.
What did the angel call Jesus ?
Did Jesus come down from heaven to save us from
burning house or from a fierce wild beast ?
Did he come to save us from our sins ?
What are our sins ?
Did Jesus come to save us from doing those
And did he come to save us from being punished
for them after we die ?
What do we call him for this ?
THE SHEPHERDS IN THE STABLE.
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12. AFTER the angel had told the shep-
herds that Jesus was born he said they
could see Jesus if they would go to Bethle-
hem; they would find him in a stable lying
in a manger.
Then the shepherds said to one another,
Let us go and see this little child that God
has sent his angel to tell us about. So the
shepherds left their sheep and made haste to
And they came into the stable, and there
they saw Jesus lying in the manger, and
they were glad when they saw him. Afterward
they went back to their sheep in the field, and
as they went they told all the people what the
angel had said to them about Jesus.
Did the angel say that the shepherds could see
Jesus if they would go to Bethlehem?
Did they go to Bethlehem and find Jesus lying in
Were they glad when they saw him ?
Did they tell all the people about him as they
were going back to their sheep in the field ?
THE SHEPHERDS GO BACK TO THEIR SHEEP.
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13. AND some other men came to see Jesus
in Bethlehem. They were called "wise men."
These wise men knew a great deal about the
stars. They used to stay up all night some-
times, looking at the stars, trying to learn
all about them.
One night when they were looking up at
the sky they saw a new star that was differ-
ent from all the stars they had ever seen be-
fore. God had sent that star for the wise men
to see, so they might know that Jesus was
And as soon as they knew that Jesus was
born they wanted to see him. So they thought
they would go and find him, but they lived a
great way from Bethlehem. They did not
know where Bethlehem was, and how should
they find the way? I will tell you. God
made the star that they had seen up in the
sky move along before them, and show them
the way to Bethlehem.
And they followed the star and came to
Bethlehem, and there they saw Jesus. And
they kneeled down on the ground before him
and worshipped him. Then they took out
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some presents they had brought and gave
them to him. Afterward they went back to
their own home.
Did some other men beside the shepherds come
to see Jesus in Bethlehem ?
What were these men called ?
What did they know a great deal about ?
One night when they were looking up at the sky
what did they see ?
Who had sent that star ?
Why did God send that star for the wise men to
see? So they might know what ?
After they had seen the star did they want to see
Did they know where Bethlehem was?
What was it that showed them the way there ?
When they saw Jesus did they kneel down and
worship him ?
What did they take out and give to him ?
After that where did the wise men go?
THE WISE MEN GIVE PRESENTS TO JESUS.
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14. THERE was a king in that country. I
told you that the king was the man that every-
body had to mind. But this king, that I am
telling you about now, was very wicked. He
sent some men to Bethlehem to kill all the
little children who were there. He did this
because he wanted to kill Jesus. And the
men came to Bethlehem and killed the little
children there, but they did not kill Jesus.
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They did not kill Jesus, because God sent an
angel down from heaven to tell Joseph that
the men were coming. The angel came to
Joseph while he was asleep, and told him to
make haste and take Jesus and Mary away
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So Joseph got up in the night while it was
dark, when no one could see him, and he took
the child Jesus and Mary his mother, and went
away to another country where the king's men
could not find him.
But after a while the wicked king died, and
then Joseph brought Jesus and Mary back to
their own land. And they came to a city
called Nazareth, and Jesus lived in Nazareth
for many years, until he grew up to be a man.
But the people did not know he was God's
Son, for no one had told them this yet.
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Was there a king in that country ?
Did every one have to mind the king ?
What did the king send some men to Bethlehem
Why did he send men to kill all the little children
in Bethlehem ?
Did the men go to Bethlehem and kill the little
children there ?
Did they kill Jesus ?
Who had told Joseph to take Jesus away ?
Did Joseph mind what the angel said ?
Where did he take Jesus and Mary his mother ?
What happened to the wicked king after a while ?
Did Joseph bring Jesus and Mary back to their
own land then ?
Did they go to live in a city called Nazareth ?
How long did Jesus live in Nazareth ?
Did the people know he was God's Son ?
Why did they not know this ?
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15. THERE was a very good man in that
country, named John the Baptist. He did
not live in the city where other people lived,
he lived out in the wilderness: that means
out in the fields and woods, where he could
be all alone, by himself.
John wore a very strange coat, it was made
of camel's hair. Camels are animals that live
in countries where it is very warm. Some-
times there is very little water to drink in
those countries, and camels can go a long time
without drinking any. They can go four or
five days without a drink of water, and all
that time they can carry heavy loads on their
God made them able to go without water so
that they could work for the men who live in
those warm countries.
Camels are very strange-looking animals;
they have long necks and queer-looking faces,
and great humps on their backs. Their
bodies are covered with hair. The people
cut this hair' off and make clothes of it.
John the Baptist wore a coat that was made
of camel's hair.
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John did not eat bread such as you and I
eat; he ate locusts and wild honey. Locusts
are insects something
ri they have wings and
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LOCUST. great many of them
in that part of the world where John the
Baptist lived. The people there eat them.
They take the locusts and roast them in the
fire and mix a little salt with them, and so
make them ready to eat.
John used to eat locusts, and he ate wild
honey too. I told you that the bees made
honey. They fly away to the flowers and take
the drops of honey out of the flowers, and car-
ry it to their little houses, called hives, and
they put the honey away there.
There were bees out in the wilderness where
John the Baptist lived. But they were wild
bees, and they had no hives to live in because
there was nobody out in the wilderness to
make hives for them. So when they found
the honey they took it to holes in the trees
and rocks, and put it away there. And John
JOHN SPEAKS TO THE PEOPLE.
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the Baptist used to go and get the honey out
of the trees and rocks and eat it.
And John was a very good man; he loved
God and did everything God told him to do.
And now God told John he must go away
from that place where he was living all alone;
he must not stay there any longer. He must
go and teach the people about Jesus and tell
them that Jesus was God's Son, because now
the time had come for the people to be told
Then John went to a place near a river.
There was a great deal of water in the river;
it was called the river Jordan. And a great
many people came there to hear what John
would say. And John told the people that
very soon they would see Jesus, and John
said that the people must get ready for Jesus
to come to them.
And how were they to get ready ? Were
they to put on their best clothes ? No, that
was not the way. The way to get ready for
Jesus was to stop doing everything that was
wrong, and not to do wrong any more.
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What good man lived in that country?
Did John live in the city where other people
What was his coat made of?
Do camels live in countries where it is very warm ?
What can they go without for a long time?
Who made them able to go without water?
Are camels queer-looking animals ?
What are their bodies covered with ?
What do the people make out of camels' hair ?
What did John the Baptist use to eat?
What are locusts?
Do the people eat them in that part of the world
What else beside locusts did John eat ?
Where did he get the honey ?
Was John a very good man ?
Did God tell him he must go and teach the people
about Jesus ?
What was the name of the river John came to?
Did many persons come there to hear what he
Did John tell them they must get ready for Jesus
to come ?
Were they to get ready by putting on their best
How were they to get ready ?
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16. AND the people minded what John
said to them; they stopped doing wrong, and
promised not to do so any more. Then John
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took the people down into the river Jordan,
and he baptized them in the river.
And while John was baptizing the people
Jesus came there and asked John to baptize
him. Then John took Jesus down into the
river and baptized him too.
After Jesus was baptized he came up out of
the water, and while he was coming a very
wonderful thing happened. He heard a voice
speaking up in the sky; it was God's voice.
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It said that Jesus was God's Son, and that
all the people must mind him.
And there came a beautiful bird with wings
flying down from heaven. It looked like a
dove. It came to Jesus, and rested on him.
But it was not really a dove; it was the Holy
Spirit that looked like a dove.
Then Jesus went out into the wilderness,
where nobody lived. Only the wild beasts
were there. But the wild beasts could not
hurt Jesus, because he was the Son of God,
and he could keep them from hurting him.
And Jesus stayed out in the lonely wilder-
ness with the wild beasts forty days and forty
nights. And all that time he did not eat any
bread or drink any water. Afterward he was
Did the people mind what John said ?
Did they promise not to do wrong any more ?
What did John do to the people when he had
taken them down with him into the river Jor-
While John was baptizing the people, who came
and asked to be baptized?
Did John baptize Jesus?
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As Jesus came out of the river whose voice did he
hear speaking up in the sky ?
Did it say that Jesus was God's dear Son, and
that all the people must mind him?
What came flying down from heaven ?
Where did it rest ?
Was it really a dove, or was it God's Holy Spirit
in the shape of a dove ?
Where did Jesus go to after he was baptized ?
How long did he stay out in the wilderness ?
Did he eat any bread or drink any water in those
forty days ?
Was he hungry afterward?
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17. AND now, while Jesus was out in the
wilderness, the bad Spirit came there. His
name is Satan. He came to try and make
Jesus do wrong.
Satan knew that Jesus was hungry and that
he wanted bread to eat; so Satan told Jesus
to change the stones that were lying on the
ground into bread. And Jesus could easily
have changed the stones into bread, but he
would not do it, because that would be mind-
Then Satan took Jesus away from the
wilderness to a very high place on the top
of a beautiful church called the temple. And
Satan told Jesus to throw himself down from
that high place, for Satan said that God would
send some angels to catch him while he was fall-
ing, so that he would not be hurt when he fell.
But Jesus would not do this, either, to mind
Satan, for Jesus knew that would be wrong.
Then Satan took Jesus on to a very high hill
or mountain, and he showed Jesus a great
many beautiful countries and beautiful cities
from that high mountain. Jesus could see
them all at the same time.
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And Satan told Jesus that if he would only
mind him he should have all those beautiful
countries and cities for his own. But Jesus
said he would mind God, and he would not
mind Satan, for God says in the Bible that
he is the one we must mind.
When Satan found that Jesus would not
mind him, Satan went away and left Jesus.
And then some good angels came and wait-
ed on Jesus, and perhaps they brought him
the bread that he wanted so much.
Sometimes Satan comes to us and tries to
make us do wrong. We cannot see him when
he comes, but we can tell he is near, for he
makes us feel as if we wanted to do wrong.
But when we feel so let us tell Satan that
we will not do wrong. Then he will go away
from us, as he went away from Jesus, and
perhaps God will send his good angels to help
us and to give us the things that we want.
Who came out in the wilderness to try and make
Jesus do wrong ?
What did Satan tell Jesus to change the stones
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Could Jesus have changed the stones into bread ?
But would he do it to mind Satan ?
When Satan took Jesus up to a high place on the
temple did he want him to throw himself down ?
Who did Satan say would come and catch Jesus to
keep him from being hurt when he fell?
Would Jesus throw himself down from the top of
the temple to mind Satan ?
Did Satan show Jesus beautiful cities and coun-
tries from the top of the high mountain?
Did Satan promise to give all these cities and
countries to Jesus if he would only mind him ?
But who did Jesus say he would mind ?
What book tells us we must mind God ?
When Satan found that Jesus would not mind him,
did he go away and leave him ?
Who came then and waited on Jesus ?
What, perhaps, did the angels bring him that he
wanted very much ?
Does Satan ever come to us and try to make us do
Can we see him when he comes ?
How, then, can we tell he is near us ?
What should we say to him when he tries to make
us do wrong ?
Will he go away from us if we answer him so ?
And will God send his angels, perhaps, to help
us then ?
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18. JESUS came to a city. I told you that
a city is a place where there are a great many
houses and a great many people. The city
that Jesus came to was named Cana. There
was a man in that city who had just been
married, and this man made a feast for the
persons who should come to his house. Nice
food was put on the table for them to eat,
and wine for them to drink.
Wine is made out of grapes. A great
many grapes used to grow in that country,
and the people made wine out of them. And
now the man who had been married put some
wine on his table for the people to drink at
But so many people came that they drank
up all the wine, and when they wanted more
there was no more for them.
Then Jesus told the servants who waited
on the table to bring in some water, and to
pour the water into some large pitchers or
jars that were in the room. There were six
large jars standing on the floor of the room
where they had the feast.
So the servants brought in water and filled
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the jars full, up to the top. Then Jesus told
them to take out some of the water and give
it to the man who sat at the head of the
And the servants took some of the water
in a cup and handed it to the man, and the
man tasted it, and he found that it was not
water now; it was wine. Jesus had made
the water in the jars change into wine.
He did not touch it or put anything into
it; he only told the water to be wine, and the
water minded him and changed into wine.
For everything must mind Jesus, because he
is the Son of God.
When Jesus changed the water into wine,
that was a miracle. You cannot do a miracle
and I cannot do a miracle, but Jesus can do
miracles, because he is the Son of God, and
he can do the same things that God can do.
Can you remember the name of the city that Jesus
came into ?
Had a man just been married in Cana?
Did this man make a feast for his friends ?
What did he put on the table for them to drink ?
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Did the people drink up all the wine and want
How many large pitchers, orjars, were standing on
tiLe floor of the room where they had the feast?
What did Jesus tell the servants to fill the jars
After they had filled the jars who did they give
some of the water to ?
When the man at the head of the table had tasted
it what did he find ?
Who had changed the water into wine ?
When Jesus did this, what was it ?
Can you or I do miracles ?
Why could Jesus do miracles ?
19. I TOLD you about John the Baptist, who
wore the coat made of camel's hair and who
ate locusts and wild honey. He was the one
who told the people about Jesus, that Jesus
was the Son of God.
There was a king in the country where
John lived. This king's name was Herod,
and Herod was a wicked man. He took
John the Baptist and put him in prison, and
shut him up there, so that he could not get out.
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While John was in prison Herod's birth-
day came. Then Herod made a great feast
and asked many of his friends to come to it.
So they came into the king's house and sat
down at the table to eat of the feast.
While they were there a young woman
came into the room. Her name was Salome,
and she knew how to dance very well. And
Salome danced for King Herod and his friends
who were eating the feast, and the king was
so much pleased with her beautiful dancing
that he promised to do for her whatever she
asked him to do.
Then Salome went home to her house where
she lived, and she said to her mother, What
shall I ask the king to do for me? And her
wicked mother told her to ask the king to
kill good John the Baptist.
Then Salome went back to the king's house,
into the room where the king and his friends
were eating the feast, and she told the king
that she wanted him to kill John. The king
knew it would be wrong to do this, for he
knew that John was a good man and that
he did not deserve to be killed.
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Yet to please Salome and her wicked mother
he sent a man who killed John in the prison.
And after he was killed some good men who
loved John came and took up his dead body
and carried it to the grave and buried it.
What was the name of the king in that country
where John the Baptist lived?
Where did Herod shut up John the Baptist ?
While John was in prison whose birthday came ?
What did Herod have on his birthday ?
Did a young woman named Salome come and dance
in the room where they were eating the feast ?
Did King Herod promise to do for Salome what-
ever she asked him to do ?
What did her mother tell her to ask the king to
do for her?
Did Herod know it would be wrong to kill John ?
Did he do it, then ?
What did some good men who loved John do with
his dead body ?
GOOD ME BURY JOHN.
GOOD MEN BURY JOHN.
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20. JESUs went again to the city called
Cana where he had changed the water into
wine. There was a rich man in that city, and
this rich man had a son who was very sick.
No doctor could cure him and no medicine
could make him well, and his father was
afraid he would die.
So he came to Jesus and begged him to
make his son well. He said, Come quickly,
before my son dies. His father said this
because he thought that Jesus could not cure
his son until he went to his home and saw
him, and did something to him to make him
But Jesus told the rich man to go back to
his home, for his son should get well. And
the man believed what Jesus said, and he
went back to his home, but before he reached
there, his servants came to him and told him
that his son had got well.
Jesus had cured him by only saying he
should be well. For as soon as Jesus said
this the sickness went away froth him and
he was well. This was a miracle, like chang-
ing the water into wine.
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What did the rich man ask Jesus to do to his
Could any doctor cure him or any medicine make
Did the rich man think that Jesus must come to
his house to cure his son ?
But what did Jesus say to him ?
Before the man had reached his house what did
his servants come and tell him ?
Who had made his son well?
Had Jesus made his son well by only saying he
should be well?
When Jesus did this what was it ?
21. JESUs came to the city of Nazareth,
where he used to live with Mary his mother
when he was a little child. There was a
church in Nazareth. On the Sabbath-day
Jesus went into the church, and a good many
people were there. And Jesus told them that
God had sent him to teach them. But the
people were wicked; they would not believe
that God had sent Jesus.
They were angry when he said this, and
they took hold of him and led him out of
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the church to the top of a steep hill that
was near, for they wanted to throw him down
there and kill him. But they could not hurt
Jesus, because he was the Son of God, and
he could keep them from hurting him.
Yet he did not teach the people any more,
because they would not listen to him or mind
him. And he left them and went away from
When Jesus told the people in the church that
God had sent him to teach them, were they angry ?
What did they want to do to him ?
Were they able to hurt him ?
Why could they not hurt Jesus ?
Why did he not teach them any more ?
Did he go away from their city and leave them ?
22. JESUs came to another city, named
Capernaum. This city was near to the water,
and Jesus walked on the shore down close to
the water, and many people followed after him
and crowded around him.
And Jesus saw two boats on the shore; they
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belonged to men who used to sail out in them
to catch fish. These men were not catching
fish now; they were mending their nets. Nets
are made of twine; they are what men catch
fish with. These men had nets, but their
nets were torn, and now they were mending
When the people crowded around Jesus to
hear him, he went into one of the boats and
told the man who owned it to push it out a
little way on the water. The man did as
Jesus told him, and Jesus sat down in the
boat and talked to the people, and they stood
on the shore and listened to what he said.
When he had done talking to them Jesus
told the man to sail out on the sea and
catch some fish with his net. But the man
said that he and his brother had been out in
the boat all night trying to catch some fish,
and they had not caught any. Yet he said if
Jesus told them to do it they would try again.
This man's name was Peter.
So Peter and his brother took their oars
and rowed their boat out on the sea, and they
let down their net into the water; and when
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they tried to pull it up again, it was so full of
fishes they could not pull it up.
Then Peter called some other men who were
on the shore to come out and help them. These
men had a boat too, so they came out in their
boat and helped Peter and his brother pull
up the net. And when they had pulled it
up, they took out the fishes and put them
into the boats, and the boats were so full
they were ready to sink.
It was Jesus who made the fish come to the
place where the men could catch them. These
men had tried to catch them before, but the
fish were not there. But when Jesus told the
men to try, so many fish came that both boats
were filled with them.
This was a miracle, like changing the water
into wine and like making the rich man's son
well. Jesus did this miracle on purpose for
these men to see him do it, so they might
know that he was the Son of God.
And Jesus told the men to come with him.
Then they left their boats and their nets and
all that they had, and went with Jesus, and
after that they stayed with him all the time.
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Was the city of Capernaum near to the water ?
Did Jesus walk on the shore close to the water ?
Who followed after him and crowded around
What did Jesus see on the shore ?-two what ?
When the people crowded around him, what did
Jesus get into ?
Where did the people stand and listen to him
while he was talking to them out of the boat ?
When Jesus was done teaching the people, what
did he tell the man in the boat to do ?
What was this man's name ?
Had Peter and his brother been trying to catch
some fish all night without catching any ?
But now, when they let down their net into the
water, why could they not pull it up again?
Did they call some other men to come and help
them pull up the net?
Who had made the fish come to the place where
the men could catch them ?
When Jesus did this, what was it ?
Did Jesus do this miracle on purpose for these men
to see it ?
When he asked them to come with him, what did
they do ?
Did they stay with him all the time after that?
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23. JESUs went to the house where Peter
lived. A very sick woman was in this house;
she had a great fever and was lying on the
bed, and they begged Jesus to make her
Then Jesus came and stood by the bed
where she lay, and told the fever to go away
from her, and the fever went away. And he
took hold of her hand and raised her up, and
she was well. And she got up from the bed
and waited on the people who were in the house.
In the evening, when the sun was going
down and it began to get dark, many people
in the city brought their sick friends to Jesus,
and he cured them all. And Jesus stayed all
night at Peter's house.
Whose house did Jesus go into ?
Was there a very sick woman in this house ?
What did they ask Jesus to do for the woman?
When Jesus told the fever to go away, did it mind
In the evening, when it began to get dark, whom
did the people bring to Jesus?
What did Jesus do for the persons who were sick ?
Where did Jesus stay all night?