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The Golden Alphabet, Dorothy's Dolls,
Red Riding Hood's Party.
ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY ALFRED J. JOHNSON.
PRINTED IN GOLD AND COLOURS BY EDMUND EVANS.
Londoif and New York:
FREDERICK WARNE AND GO.
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THE GOLDEN A.B.C.
A was an Archer who shot at a frog;
He missed it, and Froggy jumped into
B is for Babes in the wood; long ago,
Those dear little children were lost there,
C is Cinderella, who sits all alone,
No dear tender Mother the poor girl has
But soon the good Fairy will come, and provide
Coach, horses, and dress for a Prince's young bride.
D is' Dick Whittington; listening, you see,
To the chime of Bov Bells coming over
" Turn again, Whittington," thus sounds their strain,
" Lord Mayor of London Town, turn back again."
was an Ensign, with pride on his .brow,
As brave as the one you are looking at
Defending the Flag, he was everywhere seen
Gallantly fighting for Country and Queen.
F is for Fatima, shocked and afraid:
A terrible secret the closet betrayed;
Bluebeard's poor wives, there, she shudders
And drops from her fingers the magical key.
G is for Gulliver; wondering he stands
At a people so small, they can walk on
The wee Liliputians,-who make quite a show,
As beneath him in stately procession they go.
H Humpty Dumpty, who sat on a wall,
From which Humpty Dumpty soon got a
All the Queen's horses and all the Queen's men
Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again.
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I is the Indian Magician, who flies
On his wonderful horse, almost up to the
A screw that he moves makes his charger ascend,
A contrary turn brings his ride to an end.
S- is J ack H orn er, w h o sat in th e corn er,
93 Eating a Christmas pie;
*, He put in his thumb, and he took out a plum,
And said "What a good boy am I!"
K is King Cole, a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe, and he called for
And he called for his fiddlers three.
L is Little Bo Peep, who's lost her sheep,
And can't tell where to find them;
Let them alone, and they'll come home,
And bring their tails behind them.
M is Miss Muffet; she sat on a tuffet,
Eating of curds and whey;
There came a great spider, who sat down
And frightened Miss Muffet away.
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N is for Naughty Tommy Lin,
Who at the well, put Pussy in;
What a naughty boy was that
To drown poor little Pussy Cat.
Ding dong bell!
Pussy's in the well.
C is Old Mother Hubbard,
Who went to the cupboard
To get her poor dog a bone;
But when she came there
The, cupboard was bare,
And so the poor dog had none.
P is Polly put the kettle on,
Polly put the kettle on,
Polly put the kettle on,
And let's drink tea.
is Queen of Hearts, who made some tarts,
All on a summer's day;
The Knave of Hearts, he stole the tarts,
And took them clean away.
R for Red Riding Hood, dear little child,
Who knocks at her grandmother's
And never once thinks of the great cruel wolf.
Who, long ago;' ran on before.
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"In slumber for a hundred years;
To wake her, vain is all their trying
; Until the destined Prince appears.
Then at a kiss, the charm will break,
And the young Princess will awake.
T is for Tom, the Piper's son,
He stole a pig, and away he run;
The pig was eat, and Tom was beat,
And Tom went roaring up the street.
U i's the Unicorn,
Who fought for the Crown;
The British Lion beat him,
All about the town.
V is for Valentine, who fought
The savage Orson of the wood;
Made him his captive, and then taught
The wild man to be kind 'and good.
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W is White Cat, whom a Fairy spell
Bound in that shape for a long time to
When the Prince, at her wish, cut off her head,
A lovely young Princess he saw instead.
X stood for Ten, with the Romans of old;
But no pretty story about it is told.
is a Youth of tender years,
Who on a wooden horse appears;
Delighted with his latest toy-
A very proud and happy boy.
Z is Zobiede, who told
The stories that are never old;
"Arabian Nights" we call her tales;
Their power of pleasing never fails.
D OROTHY'S Mamma took her to the Seaside,
and the little girl was delighted to play on the
sands. She liked very much also to paddle with her
little bare feet in the water, and she thought her new
doll would like to paddle also; so she took off Dolly's,
shoes and socks, and held her wax feet in the water.
At last, she seated the doll on a little rock; and went
back to play on the sands; thinking that, by and by,
she would go and bring Dolly to the house she was
building for her. But the sea came running up, and
soon it was all round the rock, and Dorothy was
afraid that it would wash Dolly away; so she ran to a
Boatman, and asked him "to save her dear Victoria's
life." He was very good-natured. He pushed his
.boat into the water, and took Dorothy in it, and was
just in time to save Victoria, for the water had
covered her, and he had to pull her out of it with
Poor Victoria's dress and her pretty golden hair
were all spoilt by the salt water, and she had a crack
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in her forehead. Dorothy was very sorry. To
comfort her, her Mamma gave her another doll, just
Like the one her little daughter said "had been ship-
wrecked;" and she had it dressed in blue, that it
ight look still more like the spoiled one. But
Dorothy always loved her first Victoria best, although
she was so battered; and made much of her, because
she had been in such danger. She had many other
dolls. There was a Chinese doll that her Papa
told her to call Ah-Sing; and Mr. Punch, with a
smart cocked hat on. One day Dorothy, after she
had bound up the crack in Victoria's forehead, and
put her to bed, took Ah-Sing, and Punch, and
Victoria the Second, into the garden to give them a
nice swing, as they had been very good lately. She
tied Ah-Sing and Punch in the swing with her
S pocket-handkerchief, but it came unfastened, and both
"ithe poor Dollies fell out..
Luckily they fell upon the soft grass, and were
i ot. much hurt; but Dorothy was in great trouble
J about them. She picked them up, and rocked them
in her arms, and kissed and comforted them, as
I Mamma used to comfort her when she had a fall;
i .for Dorothy was a very good little Mother. '
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One day her Mamma said to her, "Dorothy,
I have some pleasant news for you. Your Cousin
John is coming to spend part of his holidays
"Oh Mamma !" cried Dorothy, looking
My dear, are you not glad ?" asked her
Mother; it will be nice to have a playfellow."
But," said Dorothy, "John always says he
"does not like children."
But he meant little baby children; you are
big enough now to play with him."
"I was not thinking of myself," said Dorothy,
"I but of my children-my Dolls."
Her Mother laughed.
"He won't hurt them, I am sure," she said.
He is a-good-natured boy, and not very mischievous,:
But Dorothy sighed and shook her head. She
did hot believe that a boy would ever be kind to a
doll. She only hoped that now he would be so big
that he would not take any notice of them.
Two days afterwards Cousin John arrived. He
was a good-tempered boy, and was glad to be by the
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seaside. In the morning he went out with Pack,
the boatman, for a sail, and he wished Dorothy to go
also, but her Mamma did not like to trust her alone
with him on the sea; and, indeed, Dorothy had been
so much frightened by Victoria's fate, that she did
not wish to go.
"I should not like," she said, "to fall into the
water, and be pulled out as Victoria was."
After lessons she went into the garden with her
Sdolls, and she was sitting with them under the sun-
flower hedge, when John came back, and running
into the garden found her.
"I tell you what I will do, Dorothy," he said;
"I will give your dolls a good ride in the wheel-
Sbarrow. Shall I ?"
"Oh yes, if you please, John," said Dorothy,
delighted at his kind offer. Punch would like it
very much, and so would the Princess." (The
Princess was a black doll some one had given to her.)
"Very well," said John, "I'll go for the barrow."
He soon returned with it, and the Princess and
Punch %were put in; then John started, Dorothy at
first walking by his side. But, by and by, he said,
Dorothy, Punch says this is slow work, he must go
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a little faster." And he set off with the wheelbarrow
at full speed. Dorothy, of course, ran after him, and
arrived at last quite breathless to find the Princess
with her head and arm over the wheelbarrow; in
S another moment she would have been tossed quite out.
"Oh, John!" said Dorothy, "how could you be
so unkind. It's all very well for that naughty Punch,
he likes mischief; but the poor Black Princess !"
John laughed very much, and ran on still; but
Dorothy had replaced the Black Princess, and no
harm happened to her. Just as they reached the
garden gate, the luncheon bell rang, and the cousins
had to go in; but Dorothy made up her mind not to
take the dolls out again, while John was with them.
To make up for keeping them in, she resolved
to give them a Dinner Party in the playroom. Nurse
gave her some delicious biscuits and a cup of milk,
and Dorothy spread one of the Nursery table-cloths
over the table, and prepared a grand feast, at which
all sat up, except Ah-Sing, who had hurt his head.
Just as the dinner was beginning, that naughty Cousin
John opened the door. He had something that
looked like a doll, in long white robes, in his arms;
and he called out, Dorothy, here is another visitor."
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Then he let it go, and it dashed across the table, up-
setting the plates and the jug of milk; knocking down
the Princess and Victoria the Second, and spoiling
everything. It was the black cat, dressed in one of
Dorothy was quite angry.
"You are very unkind, John," she said, "to spoil
my party! And look how frightened poor Puss is !
I wish you were a very big boy, and then you would
S let my Dollies alone. Grown-up people never try to
Now Dorothy could not have said anything
better, to keep John from teasing her about her dolls.
His great wish was to be thought a very big boy
indeed; so from that time he took no more notice of
them, though he was quite ready to help Dorothy build
a very large sand-mansion, on the beach for them.
To be sure, he forgot his resolution for a moment,
when he advised Dorothy to leave her dolls in it;
thinking how. they would float away with the next
tide; but Dorothy had learned all about the sea's
rising and falling, flowing in and ebbing out, when
Victoria was "shipwrecked," and she was not to be
cheated into leaving them there.
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,,-, However, the Gousins were very good friends,
after all: they aid donkey rides together, and.fished
by the river, and sometimes went with Mamma in a
Sboat on the sea, and Dorothy felt quite sorry when
".john had to go home.
But her visitor being gone, she thought she had
better turn her attention to family matters; and
finding that the dolls', clothes had grown very dirty,
Sshe resolved to have a good wash. So she put Punch-
on the top of the dolls' house, out of the way, took
"off Ah-Sing's dress, and Victoria's, as well as the
Princess's, and getting some soap and hot water from
Nurse, she set about soaping and rubbing the
children's clothes. How she splashed and rubbed !
iand how, when the garments looked clean enough,
.she shook them out' and fastened them to the line
"by the clothes-pegs! By and by she meant to ask
Nurse to iron them for her, for her own flat iron was
never made hot, and was of no use till the real iron
had done its work; then Dorothy would use it-just
"otr a finish.
When the wash was done, Dorothy dressed the
dolls in their nice clean clothes, and took them out for
'a drive, drawing them in a pretty little carriage that
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John had given to her, before he went away. She
took them out of the grounds and down on the sand;
then she sat down by them and told them all about
Victoria's "shipwreck," as she always called it, and
begged them never to go out on the rocks by
And now Dorothy began to think seriously of
teaching her family to read. She had waited, she
told Victoria, till the Princess and Ah-Sing should be
able to speak English well; now she thought they
could, and she would begin their studies at once. She
had a scrap book in which were some strange-looking
letters; she thought she would begin with these, and
then go on to the easy English AB C. So she
seated her dolls on the sofa close by her, took Victoria
in her arm, and began. The Chinese doll listened
very solemnly: so did Victoria; but the Princess sat
with a very wide smile on her face, and naughty
Punch was laughing all the time behind her back.
However, I hope they will all be the better for trying
to learn; at least, they will enjoy play much more
after lessons, and nowhere, we think, will you find
happier little people than Dorothy and her Dolls.
RED RIDING HOOD'S
RED RIDING HOOD'S
THE Little Red Riding Hood, whose Mamma
gave this party for her, was a real little girl,
living in England. But she was so fond of Nursery
Tales and Rhymes, that her Mother thought it would
give her great pleasure if she asked all the children
invited for Rose's Birthday, to come "dressed up"
as the little people of Fairyland and Nursery Stories;
Rose herself representing Little Red Riding Hood.
Rose was delighted; and when the happy evening
came, she stood with smiling eyes-a sweet Red
Riding Hood-to receive her little friends, who
arrived in proper time at the house.
First came Prince Charming, leading in little
Golden Hair; then Tommy Tucker, who was certain
to want his supper; the Grenadier, who did not,
however, ask for a Pot o' Beer; and, by and by,
Hugh, the Woodman's son, dressed up in the Wolf's
skin, head, and tail. Red Riding Hood was so
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surprised at seeing him, that she did not at first
notice little Bo Peep standing beside him. Old
Mother Hubbard, the Baker's son, Fatima, and
many other Nursery friends followed, and a very.
merry party was soon assembled. Of course, it was not
very long after her visitors' arrival, before Red Riding
Hood proposed playing some games, and all gave a
The first they played was Oranges and Lemons.
Red Riding Hood and her Mother held up their
arms very high, and the string of children, all holding
on to each other, ran under them. Red Riding
Hood singing all the time:-
Oranges and lemons,
Say the bells of St. Clements;
Two sticks and an apple,
Say the bells at Whitechapel;
You owe me ten shillings,
Say the bells at St. Helens;
When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey;
When I grow rich,
Say the bells of Shoreditch;
When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney;
I'm sure I don't know,
Says the great bell of Bow.
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Then she sang much faster:-
Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
S- And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!
And immediately her arms dropped round the neck
. of the child just then passing, and she drew her from
"Which will you be?" asked Red Riding Hood.
"An Orange or a Lemon ?"
"An Orange," said the child.
Then go behind-me, and put your arms round
my waist. Mother is the Lemon."
Then the song began again, till all were caught,
and all had chosen sides.
Then Red Riding Hood and her Mother joined
hands, and pulled each other, each trying to draw
the other over. At last, by one great pull, Red
Riding Hood drew her Mother and the children
behind her to her side, and thus won the game.
Then they sat down and played Cross Questions
and Crooked Answers. Magic Music followed, and
the Wolf was very much puzzled to know what he
was to do with Red Riding Hood, for the Music
grew louder every time he came near her; at last
Jack Horner cried out, "Why don't you eat her?"
Sand the Wolf instantly rushed at her, but she flew foi-
safety to Prince Charming, who drew his wooden
sword in her defence. But the Wolf had to pay a
forfeit, because he had not guessed what he was to
do. Prince Charming was much quicker at guessing,;;
or he knew his Nursery Tales better; for when it was,
his turn, and the Music grew louder as he came
near Fatima, he went to the door, took out the key,
and gave it to her; at which there was great clapping.
of hands and applause.
And now Aunt Mary, who had been head and
chief of all the games, proposed that the forfeits
should be cried, and then that they should dance.
To this all assented eagerly; and they tried
to win back 'their forfeits as quickly as possible;
though Mary Quite Contrary pretended that she
Could not say "Twice" backwards, or bite an inch
off the poker; and Aladdin's wife, the Chinese lady,i
was really rather stupid, and could not spell
Confucius. But at last all forfeits were regained,;
and Aunt Mary went to the Piano.
Red Riding Hood was asked by all the little
boys to dance, but, of course, gave her hand to
the first who asked her-who was Handy-Spandy-
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Jack-a-Dandy. Tommy Tucker danced with Mary
Quite Contrary, and Jack Horner begged the Chinese
lady to be his partner, but she said her feet were
;too small to dance, for she was a Princess in her
own country. Jack Horner thought she "made
believe" very much when she said she had little
feet, but perhaps she really thought so; for we
are all apt to be mistaken about ourselves.
Little Golden Hair was engaged to Simple Simon,
who was dressed as a fool or jester, in black and
yellow, and held a bauble, or little stick with
a Punch's head on it. But before they joined the
dance he brought her an ice, and she said she
thought he was not so simple as people thought him.
They did not dance Quadrilles or Waltzes. Red
Riding Hood thought that Country Dances and
Cotillions would be more fun; and nothing could be
prettier than the way in which she danced. Jack
Horner asked the lady with the. funny head-dress,
who lived in King Richard's days, to dance with him,
and she kindly said Yes," to his great delight, for
she was nearly grown up. Jack was so pleased that
he told her he should like to marry her when he was a
man, and that they would have such a big wedding-
cake if she would have him! And the lady laughed
-she was quite eighteen-and said that she supposed
he meant to pick out a plum and admire himself.
Bpfi Jack said, No; I will admire you, and give you
the plir' So what could the lady say, but that she
wouldlthink about it ?
Prince Charming danced with the Pretty Maid,
ar 1 Jack, who wore the red flowers of the scarlet
runners, found a partner in Fatima, who had a
crescent of diamonds in her hair. And they all
danced till Aunt Mary's hands were quite tired.
By and by Red Riding Hood's Mother asked
them to go, in to supper, which vas ready early,
because, after it, they were tc see a performance of
Punch "all the way through at the same time, as
children do not often see it from the Nursery
The supper was very nice; there were cold
fowls and sandwiches, cakes, jellies, and creams of
all kinds, and pretty crackers with sugar plums
Inside them. Tommy Tucker sIng them a song
before he began; and Jack Horner, after finding a
delicious sweetmeat, gave it to Red Riding Hood,
instead of eating it himself Mary, Mary, Quite
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bring it to her, but kept her temper and smiled
prettily Woen Golden Hair praised her flowers. The
Chinese lady complained that she could not, find
any rice, which was the food she ate in China,
when she lived in Aladdin's palace; but Hugh,
the Woodman's son, told her to try some blanc-
At last supper was, quite over, and the merry
little people went into the room, where chairs were
arranged in rows, and Punch's theatre was standing;
the Showman all ready with his big drum.
And now the performance began. Mr. Punch
was at first very good-tempered, and played with and
danced his baby; but, by and by, when the poor
child cried, he threw it out of the window! Little
Miss Muffet, who sat just by the great drum, was so
sorry for the infant, that she put up her little hands
and cried, "Oh, poor little thing!" And then Mrs.
Punch-that is, Judy-came with a. stick, and began
to beat Punch. But he took the stick from her, and
knocked her down, and killed her; and the Constable
came, and took naughty Punch to prison.
But we have not room to tell you all the rest of
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the Punch play. We can only say that the children
were very much delighted with it; and when it was
over, they kissed Red Riding Hood, and told her
that they had had a very nice party, and they only
wished it were all to begin again!
But now the carriages and the servants were
na,- had. to say good-night. One
"t aA to be carried
e by the footmanl others looked
declared that they wer "not the least
le Red Riding Hood drew her hood over her
ap d stood on the hall steps to see them go;
:" Little Man who lived by himself" stood
"i:up at her, and thinking if a real wolf came
4' not be so cruel as to eat her; she looked
Ld thus ended dear little Red Riding Hood's
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