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1 TIIE THREE BEARS.
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THE THREE BEARS.
ONCE upon a thne Three. Bears lived together in a cave in a great
fo:rest-a great Bear, a middle-sized Bear, and a little Bear. They
were much better off than bears are in general, for they each had a
chair to sit upon. and an earthen bowl to eat out of, and a -poon
to eat with, anid a bed to lie upon. The great Bear had a great chair,
and a great bowl, and a gre~t led; the niiddle-sizced Be:air hadl .a
middle-sized bowl, and a middle-ed and a midll-ed ci, n a ldle-sized bed to'f
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T HE TilE D R E E
.\ ~~ ) lie on; and the little Bear
S, had a nice little chair to sit
in, and a pretty little bowl to
/ eat his porridge out of, and a
smart little .ed on which he
could curl himself up and go
e h n' to sleep.
One day the big, Bear said
to the little Bear, "Come, my
little fiienld, we will go out
for a walk;" and he asked
the middle-sized Bear to go
So the middle-sized Bear
washed the little Bear's face,
s -and made him ready, and
They all went out together.
NG. They had not been gone long,
THE BEAdRS PREPARIN FOf WALK. before a little girl, who lived
not far off, and ivho was called Silverhair, from the ..light color of her
beautiful curls, happened to come running into the wood. She had
started off from her home, intending to have a fine ramble through the
forest and to run after butterflies, and,
S. pluck cowslips and primroses to imake
into garlands; and coming by chance to
Sthe Bears' house, she peeped in. She
\ was very much surprised at all the ar-
rangements in the Bears' house; and,
.. most of all, to see that there was a big
chair, and a middle-sized chair, and a
little wee chair at the table; and on the
table itself a big jar of porridge, and a
middle-sized'jar of porridge, and a little
tiny jar of porridge. All these had
been prepared for the entertainment of
the big, and the middle-sized, and the
little Bear, when they came home from
For a time, little Silverhair was con-
THE LITTLE BEAR n AVING HIS FACE tent to watch these strange things; but
soon she )began to be tired of merely
lookin-, arid thouhlit .he'would like to taste tihe porridge. So sle threw
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D E A I S.
THE THREE BEARS.
SILVERHAIR RUNNING OUT INTO THE FOREST.
her flowers away, and sat down in the big
chair, but it was too tall for her; and then
she sat in the middle-sized chair, but that was
too hard; and then she tried the little chair,
and found it to be exactly the thing. Then,
first she tried the big pan of porridge, but it
burnt her mouth dreadfully, and made her
scream out. And then she tried the middle-sized
jar, but that was no better, for it was all cold
and clammy, and Silverhair did not care to take
more than just one spoonful. But when she
came to taste the little tiny bowl of porridge, it
was so very good and sweet, that she sat in the
little Bear's chair, eating away at the little
Bear's porridge, and never left off till there was
not a single spoonful remaining for the poor
little Bear when he should come home.
SILVERHAIR SITTING IN THE
LITTLE BEAR'S CHAIR.
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SILVERHAIR SEES THE BEARS' PORRIDGE.
SILVERHAIR FALLS DOWN FROM THE CHAIR,
Silverhair had but just finished the por-
ridge, when the little Bear's chair broke down -
under her weight, and she was thrown upon the "
floor on her back. -
She did not care much about that; for AND DANCES UPON IT.
in an instant she had jumped up again, and
was dancing on the chair, or rather on the broken remains of it.
5 THE THREE BEARS.
SILVERHAIR CLIMBING THE LADDER.
ON THE LITTLE BEAR'S BED.
Little Silverhair soon eSpied the
ladder that led to the upper story in
the Bears' house, where their sleeping-
room was. She scrambled up this
ladder, and was surprised to see in the
upper room, a large-sized bed, a middle-
sized bed, and a little bed.
The child felt very tired after
all her running about and dancing
in the wood; and thought she would
like to lie down and rest on one of
these beds. She tried the big bed
first, but it was too high for her at
the head;: so she jumped off again.
She next tried the middle-sized bed,
but that was too high for her at
the foot; and she could not rest
quietly upon it. At last she tried
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/e I the 1uhi. 1,cld and ihat suitkil her so exactly,
Sanld was so co. )irtall o.. t hi. she ly t Le : watch-
Sing the likE. a tj-v bu:zed al..ut the r
until, overcome 1,y -ari&n:, she 11f fast asleep.
". i In1 the mea tiabe the Three BP:ar- came
home; and soon found out tlt ,om-tL.li
was wnlron. The bi.- Bear cried out in his
great big voice:-
SSOMEBODY HAS BEEN AT MY PORRIDGE I and
the middle-sized bear said.. in his miidile voice,
not v'try loud, noryet verv low. "SoueIL-'ly has
t I' been at my'' ponidge!" and the little Bear tilted
I up his jar, and squeakedl out in his tiny voice:
Somebody has been eating at my porridge, and
TH BEARS COMING HOME. eaten it all up '
Then they looked round the room; and
the big Bear growled out, o.'MEfi.-~'Y HAS BEER -iTIN\G IN MY CHAIR!
And the middle-sized bear grumbled, Somebody has been sitting in my
chair!" and the little bear cried wi ait elid little wl:in. Sil-.'i! ,ly
has beien sitting in my chair, and broken it all to bits."
SILVERHAIR DISCOVERED BY THE LITTLE BEAR.
Then they all went up into the bedroom. And the great Bear
growled "SOMEBODY'S BEEN LYING ON Mk BED!" and the middle-
sized bear grumbled Solni.body's been lying on my bed!" and the
little tiny Bear squeaked out, "Somebody's been lying in my bed, and
here site is "
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SILVERHAIR ESCAPING THROUGH THE WINDOW.
Little Silverhair awoke
with a start at the noise
made by this fiery little /
Bear; and she was terribly /
frightened when she saw the i '
great Bear and the middle- I
sized Bear gazing at her in
a hurry, and seeing that the
window was open, leaped
right out of it into the forest -
below. The Bears all ran
to the window and started
out after her; but in an
in-tant she had jumped up 1 'l
a_,in, and was running
taway home through the .
wood as hard as'she could, .. .. .
THE BIG AND THE LITTLE BEAR.
THE TIf RE,E 'B EARS.
SILVERHAIR RUNNING AWAY.
leaving the Bears looking after her in astouishiinlnt. 'eicn
thought it all so funny, that they took hands and danced round