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Group Title: picture A.B.C. book, with stories
Title: The picture A.B.C. book, with stories
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Title: The picture A.B.C. book, with stories
Series Title: The picture A.B.C. book, with stories
Alternate Title: Theodore Thinker's tales
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Language: English
Creator: Woodworth, Francis C.
Publisher: Clark & Maynard
Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: 1850
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I Ax going to make a little book L r
little folks. Look here, John, Hery,
Sarah, Anna,-uo matter what you
names are,-look here. I have got om
pretty picture made for each one of the
letters of the alphabet; bad I will t.
you something about all thesis pn
if you will liten to me. It me
WoQnd yo like rhyme I TYe,"e a
of you ay, "I like them very mUMh
Wel, then, I will give you om rhy
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gir tell me. Very wel I will i


the rhymes; and I will make something
ele, too. I will give you a picture for
every letter; and when you see the pio-
tre, you will think of the letter which
tands for it I will put two lines of
poetry under the picture, and these two
lines will tell a little about the kind of
animal which you will we in the picture.
Then, if the poetry is not enough, I will
tell you more about the animal in pros.
ow will that do, little friends I want
Io nke just snh a book a you wpl all
lke. I love little boy and girls I
love to tlk to them. I love to write
fr thLm But I old not liketo tell
hem any thing, if they did not like to
hr it No, indeed.

A stands for an Ape ,
as every one knows,
Will cut up his capersn
wherever he goes .


I went to see an ape the others
day. He looked so much like
a little boy, that you would
almost think he wa a boy, at
first. The man who bad th
ape, dressed him up in a f
and put a little bat on his hitw
Did you ever see an ape? Wc
makes me laugh now, omly to.

think how this fellow looked.
and what tricks he played. He
carried a little gun, like a soldier.
Once he pointed it at some one
in the room, just as if he was
-going to shoot him. But the
ape could not have shot any-
body, if he had tried, because
his gun was not made like the
guns you have seen the soldiers
have. It was nothing more than
a stick, made so as to look hlt

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a gun. They called the name
of this ape Jack; and when
anybody spoke his name, he
'new what it meant., If his
master said, "Jack, come here,"
lie.ran up to his master in a
minute. The funniest thing I
saw Jack do, was to shave him*
self. He went through with
all the motions, just as a man
would, only he had a dull razor,
which did not cut any. I have

heard of an ape, though, who
got a sharp razor to shave him-
self with, and instead of cutting
off his beard, he cut his throat,
and killed himself. See what
he got by his mischief. Apes
and monkeys, as well as boys
and girls, ind that mischief is
had business.

B stands for a Bullfinch:
pray, how can you sing
So sweetly, shut up in a
cage, poor thing I


What a pretty bird this is!
Just look at him I Dear little
fellow I Hear him sing. I
wish I could sing so. I on-
der' if he is happy there, shut
up in a cage. I tell you what
it is, little friend. I love to
hear birds sing, as well as any-
body, I am sure. .Butit always

makes me feel bad, to see
them shut up in a small cage,
Sso that they cannot get out.
I had one once. Poor fellow I
He used to sing all day long,
as if he was happy; and it may
be he was happy. But I never
shall forget how hard he used
to try to get out of his cage,
when it was hanging out of
doors, in the summer, as soon
as another bird flew nqr him.

Then.,he would stop singing, '.
and would not sing again for
a great while. I made up my
mind, that if my bird died, I
would never have another in
a cage. He did die. One
morning I went to the cage to
feed him, and he was dead. I
have never had a bird inca,
and I never mean to have one
It is enough for me to hea'
thea sing in the wodds and in

the orchard. Dear little crea-
tures! I should be sorry to
hear that any of my young
friends were so naughty as to
hurt one of them. You will
not hurt them, will you ? And
you will not take away their
pretty little eggs, I know you
will not. Be kind to the birds,
dear child; and then they will
love you, and sing for you.

C stands for a Cuckoo,
whose note you can hear,
As you walk in the woods,
in the spring of the year.


The Cuckoo is a little bird
that lives in the woods. The
further he gets away from the
places where there are men,
and women, and children, the
better he semto like it. He
is not much of a singer. He
says, *, koo,kao; and that is
about all he does say. When

he first begins to sing, he sings
his koo, koo, very slowly; but
pretty soon he sings a little
faster, then a little faster than
that, and by and by his song
is fast enough for anybody.
The reason he is called a cuc-
koo, is because he makes a noise
that sounds something like this
word. The cuckoo is a thief.
When I tell you that, you may
like him or not, just as you

Please. For my part, I do not
like him half as well as 1 do
some of the birds that live with
him in the woods, just because
he steals from other birds. He
goes to a nest when the birds
are away, and picks a hole in
.the eggs, and eats them. He
ought to be ashamed of himself
-don't you think so I It omy
be he does not know any better,
though; and if he does not know

any better, then we ought noo *
to blame him. You are not to
blame for doing any thing, if
you do not know any better
Buit when you do know bet-
ter-when your mother tells
you that you must not do any
tbing-then you are to blame
if you do it; then you are

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D stands for the Dog; and
he 's nobody's fool,
Although he has never been
sent to school.


You have heard a great many
stories about dogs. Do you
want to hear one more? Well,
I will tell you one-only one
now. A great way ofB there
is a place where it is very cold
indeed-a great deal colder
than it is where you live. In
that place there was once a

large dog, who used to look all
round the woods, to see if he
could not find somebody that
had got lost in the snow, and
was almost frozen to death.
One day be found a little boy,
about five years old, almost
covered up with mow. Poor
boy 1 He had got lost, and he
could not tell where to go. He
was so cold that be had laim
down to die. Well, this good

dog came up to him, as he
lay there; and the little boy
warmed himself with the siag-
gy coat of the dog, until he
could get up. Then' the dog
tried to get the boy on his
back. The boy did not know
what to make of that, at first.
But by and by, when he kemw
what the dog wanted of him
be got upon his back, and hel
close to his long r hair, and

the dog carried him off to the
house where his master lived.
Tife good folks in the house
brought the little boy to the
fire, and be got warm in a few
minutes. Then they got him
some nice bread and milk for
his supper, and by and by he
went to bed. The next day
he went home. If it had not
been for this large dog, the
little boy would have died.

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E stands for the Eagle, who
soars in the air:
If he should get bungrv,'i
hens must take care.
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There are a great many
kinds of the eagle. Some kinds
of eagles live on the animals
they can find in the woods, and
some of them live on fish. It
is a pretty sight to see the eagle
catch a fish. He Hies along
closely over the water, until he
ms some ish swimming below;

and then he darts down, almost
as quick as a i!ash of lightning,
and catches the poor fish. I
once saw one of these birds f!y-
ing away from the river where
I was sailing in a boat, and I
thought he was carrying some*
thing rather too heavy for him.
I looked again, and found out
that the bird had a great eel,
which he was trying to carry
off to his nest The eel did rt

like to ride in that style, and so
he was twisting about in all
sorts of ways, trying to get
clear of the eagle. Eels are
very slippery fish, as you know;
and the eagle had as much as
he could do to hold the uneasy
fellow. After a while, when
the bird had got a great way
off I saw the eel drop, and fal
to the ground. But the eagle
flew down, and caught it again

Some eagles catch hens and
geese and rabbits, instead of fish.
Once there was an eagle that
caught a weasel, and flew away
with him; but the weasel bit
the eagle's neck so hard that
he was glad to let go of him.
Poor eagle I he bled to death
n a little while after he had
dropped the weaseL

F stands for the Fox: you
may know by his eye,
So sharp and so keen, that
he's cunning and sly.
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Yes, the fox is sly, very sly.
He loves to eat a goose r a
chicken for dinner; and M,
when he tbhis nobody will see
him, he steals softly into the
farm-yard, where he takes em
of these fowls, and runs off with
it. But the fox gets punished
.for catching .hens and geese,

sometimes. The dog fir ds out
where he has gone: he runs
after him, and catches him.
Then the poor fox has to die.
Dogs love to kill foxes as well
as foxes love to kill hens; and
if a dog can ever get hold of a
ba, he is sure to bite him so
bard that he will die.

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G stands for a Goldfinch,
a beautiful bird:
In the orchards of England
his music is heard.



The goldfinchis a pretty
bird, and a fiae ringer, too.
Sometimes he is so tame that
he will eat out of your hand,
if you will let him. When he
gets out of his cage he loves to
play with the children, and.he
will fly upon their shoulders,
and chase them around the

room. You can teach him to
do a great many funny things,
if you try. I have seen one of
them with a harness on, drawing
a wagon, just like a horse; and
another that would ride all
around the room, on the back
of a tame robin.

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H stands for Hyena, an ill-
natured beast;
A carcass all putrid affords
him a feast.

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Oh, what a cross animal this
is! He acts as if he wanted
to be biting somebody all the
time. .He never seems to be
good-natured. But some boys
I have seen, often act very much
like the hyena. They are as
cross as he is, and they act as
if they would like to bite some-


body, too. I hope you are not
one of those boys; are you 7
If I thought you was, I am
sure I could not love you. 1
could love a hyena almost as
well as I could love you, if you
were cross, and spoke. cross
words to your brother or sister,
or anybody else.

I stands for the Ibex, a kind
of a goat,
With a pair of long horns,
and a shaggy coat.
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J stands for the Jaguar:
'tis all the same,
If you call him a Panther;
an easier name.

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K stands for the creature
we call Kangaroo:
A very odd name-he's
an odd fellow, too.
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L stands for the Lapwing:
you see how he looks;
And can learn all about him,
by reading your books.
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One of these little birds once
lived in a garden. He got to
be very, tame, and came to the
door of the house. A little
girl-I think her name was
Sarah-heard him every morn.
ing, saying, pewit, pewit; and
she thought that the meaning
of pewit was, "Let me in." So

she opened the door, and sure
enough he f!ew in. By and
by, he went out again; but
when he wanted to come back
he would say pewit, and little
Sarah would let him in. When
the weather was cold, the bird
came in every day, and staid
near the fire a long time, it was
so cold and stormy out of doors.
Sarah was a very good girl, to
take such good care of the bird.

M stands for the Marmot:
he's tamed with ease;
And people can teach him
to dance, if they please.

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N stands for the Nightingale:
list to his lay-
He sings in the evening, as
well as the day.
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O stands for the Owl: he's
not fond of the light:
He sleeps in the day-time,
and hoots in the night.
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afb -odd.

P stands for the Panther, a
beast of prey:
I think I shall try to keep
out of his way.
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I said that I thought I should
try to keep out of his way: I
think you had better keep out
of his way, too. His teeth are
very sharp, and so are his claws.
But panthers do not live any-
where near you, I guess They
live a great way offi where
there are not many people and

not many houses. There they
carry off sheep and calves, and
eat them. Sometimes, when
they are very hungry, they will
come near the house; and they
would carry off the little chil-
dren, if the men did not look
out, and take care of the chil-
dren. How thankful we ought
to be to our heavenly Father,
that there are no panthers, nor
tigers, nor lions where we live.

God is very good to us. I
want you to think of this every
day. He is very good indeed:
he takes care of us: he gives
us all the nice things we have:
he does not let any wild beast
come where we are, and hurt
us. When we lie down on
our beds at night, he lets us
sleep safely. Last night you
slept soundly and sweetly, be-
cause God watched over you,


and kept you. Dear little boy,
dear little girl, God is so good
to you, that you ought to love
him more than you do your
father and mother.


Q stands for the Quail: 'tis
his note that you hear-
SMore wheat I more wheat I
in the Fall of the year.
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R stands for the gay and
the playful Racoon:
He plays like a monkey,
or like a buffoon.
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S stands for the Stag: though
he runs pretty fast,
I fear that the hunters will
catch him at last.
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T stands for the Turkey:
he gobbles the same,
All over the world, whether
wild or tame.

U stands for the Urus; a
sort of a cow,
That differs from ours, tho'
I hardly know bow.

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V stands for the Vulture,
a cowardly bird:
Where carrion is lying, his
croaking is heard.
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Look at the bird. He does
not look like a nice clean bird,
does he T I do not like him
very well, because he is not
nice. Some little girls do not
take care of their frocks and
their aprons. They get them
dirty every day. And some
little boys do not keep their


clothes clean. I know some
who almost always have dirty
faces when I see them. It
makes me feel very sorry when
I see such children. I should
like them a great deal better,
if they were only neat and
clean; and everybody would
like them better, too.

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The W stands for the Water
Rat's name;
But I doubt if this picture
and he are the same.

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The X is a very cross sort
of a letter,
Though it stands for King
Xerxes, if nobody better.

Y stands for the Yapak, an
animal rare,
Who lives-let me see-well,
I hardly know where.

Z stands for the Zebu:
somewhere in the East,
'Tis said that the people
all worship the beast.
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Theodore wants to say two
or three words more to you,.
little boys and girls, and then
be must say "good bye to you
all. I am glad you love to
learn to read. You can read
the little book I have made for
you very well indeed. By and!
by you will know how to read

the books which are made fo:
large boys and girls; and then,
if you are good, and mind your
father and mother and teacher,
I will make another book for
you. I have got a great many
stories to tell you; but I will
not tell them now. One of
these days, if we all live, 1
will tell you more stories.
SI said, "If we all live." Chil-
dren, as well as grown-up peo-

pie, may die. My dear child,
you may die before I make
another book for you. I hope
you will not die so soon; but
you may. Be good children,
then. Learn to love Jesus
Christ, and try to do as he tells
little children to do in the Bible.
Think how the Saviour died for
you. Do you not think that
you ought to love him ? Try
to be like him. Pray that you

may be like him; that you may
have a new heart; that you
may be kept from sin; that
you may be fit to go to heaven
when you die. If you are
good, then you will be happy
You pll be happy if you dit
are little; and yor
y if you live t(,
jp. But I cannot say
more now. Good bye I

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