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and Poems

Childcraft The How and Why Volume 3

Stories World Book, a Scott Fetzer

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Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.. Publishers: "Football" by Walt Mason. Reprinted by permission of Grosset & Dunlap from Walt Mason. His Book by Walt Mason. Copyright 1916 by Barse & Hopkins. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Inc.: A mountain village." "How cool cut hay smells," must go begging," "In spring the chirping, "What a wonderful," and "When my canary" from Cricket Songs: Japanese Haiku, translated and copyright 1964 by Harry Behn. Reprinted by permission of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., and Curtis Brown, Ltd. Others" from The Wizard in the Well by Harry Behn. Copyright 1956 by Harry Behn. Reprinted by permission of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. "Macavity: The Mystery Cat" from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Copyright 1939 by T. S. Eliot; renewed 1967 by Esme Valerie Eliot. Reprinted by permission of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., and Faber and Faber Ltd. Illustration copyright 1982 by Edward Gorey. Reproduced by permission of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. Clever Manka." Copyright 1920 by Parker Fillmore; renewed 1948 by Louise Fillmore. Reprinted from The Shepherd's Nosegay by permission of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. Fog" from Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg. Copyright 1916 by Holt. Rinehart, and Winston, Inc.; renewed 1944 by Carl Sandburg. Reprinted by permission of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc.: The Homecoming excerpted from Sounder by William H. Armstrong. Text copyright 1969 by William H. Armstrong. Reprinted by permission of Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., and Victor Gollancz Ltd. "Harriet's Secret" excerpted from Harriet the 1964 by Louise Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Copyright Fitzhugh. Reprinted by permission of Harper & Row. Nina Publishers, Inc., and Victor Gollancz Ltd.. London. Terrance," Chapter 2 from The Cry of the Crow by Jean Craighead 1980 by Jean Craighead George. Copyright George. Reprinted by permission of Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., and Curtis Brown, Ltd. A Bug Sat in a Silver Flower from Dogs and Dragons, Trees and Dreams 1980 by Karla Kuskin. by Karla Kuskin. Copyright "Anansi and the Plantains from Anansi the Spider Man: Jamaican Folk Tales told by Philip M. Sherlock (Thomas Y. Crowell) Copyright 1954 by Philip M. Sherlock. Reprinted by permission of Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc.. and Macmillan Publishers Ltd., London and Basingstoke. "The Challenge" excerpted from Sea Glass by Laurence Yep. Copyright 1979 by Laurence Yep. Reprinted by permission of Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., and The Sterling Lord Agency, Inc. Holiday House: Thunder Butte reprinted from When Thunder Spoke by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. Copyright 1974 by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. Used by permission of Holiday House. Houghton Mifflin Company: The Living Kuan-Yin from Sweef and Sour Tales from China retold by Carol Kendall and Yao-wen Li. Copyright 1980 by Carol Kendall and Yao-wen Li. Reprinted by permission of Ticknor & Fields/Clarion Books, a Houghton Mifflin Company, and The Bodley Head. The Boy Who Became a Wizard from A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. Copyright 1968 by Ursula K. LeGuin for story. Reprinted by Leave the permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. Island" (pages 59-70) from Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O Dell. Copyright 1960 by Scott O Dell. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company, and Penguin Books Ltd "A Stranger in the Land" from The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. Copyright 1 958 by Elizabeth George Speare. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company, and Victor Gollancz Ltd "A New Way from Toolmaker by Jill Paton Walsh Copyright 1973 by Jill Paton Walsh Reprinted by permission of Ticknor & Fields/Clarion Books. A Houghton Mifflin

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The publishers of Childcraft The How and Why Library gratefully acknowledge the courtesy of the following publishers, agents, authors, and artists who have granted permission to use copyrighted material in this book. Any errors or omissions are unintentional and the publisher will be happy to make any necessary corrections in future printings. Full illustration acknowledgments for this volume appear on page 300. and Bacon, Inc.: "Do You Fear the Wind? from Prairie Song and Western Story by Hamlin Garland. Copyright 1928 by Allyn and Bacon, Inc. Reprinted with permission. Angus and Robertson, Publishers: "Why the Kangaroo Hops on Two Legs," an adaptation of the story Bohra the Kangaroo from Australian Legendary Tales by K. Langloh Parker, selected by H. Drake-Brockman. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of Angus and



Robertson. Publishers. Richard Armour: "Good Sportsmanship" from Night with Armour by Richard Armour. Published by McGraw-Hill Inc. Atheneum Publishers, Inc.: "The Nineteenth-Moon-of-Neptune Beasts from The Phantom Ice Cream Man by X. J. Kennedy. Copyright 1979 by X. J. Kennedy. (A Margaret K. McElderry Book.) Reprinted with the permission of Atheneum Publishers, Inc., and Curtis Brown. Ltd. To Dark Eyes Dreaming" from Today Is Saturday by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Text copyright 1969 by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Reprinted with the permission of Atheneum



Publishers. Inc. Patricia Ayers: Associations" from There



No Rhyme


Silver by Eve Merriam. Copyright 1962 by Eve Merriam. Reprinted by permission of the author. Branden Press: Wild Geese" from The City and Other Poems by Elinor Chipp. Copyright 1923 by The Four Seas Co. Reprinted courtesy of Branden Press. 21 Station Street, Brookline Village, MA 02147. Mary E. Cober: "How It Snowed Fur and Rained Fry Cakes in Western Virginia" from The Remarkable History of Tony Beaver. West Virginian by Mary E. Cober. Copyright 1981. William Cole: Banananananananana" by William Cole Copyright 1977 by William Cole Back Yard. July Night" from A Boy Named Mary Jane and Other Silly Verse by William Cole. Copyright 1969, 1977 by William Cole. Harold Courlander: "The Cow-Tail Switch from The Cow-Tail Switch and Other West African Stories by Harold Courlander and George Herzog. Copyright 1947 by Holt. Rinehart and Winston. Copyright 1975 by Harold Courlander and George Herzog. The Curtis Publishing Company: "Far Trek" by June Brady. Reprinted from The Saturday Evening Post© 1974 The Curtis Publishing Company Dodd, Mead & Company Glooscap and His People" from G/ooscap and His Magic. Legends of fhe Wabanaki Indians by Kay Hill. Copyright 1963 by Kay Hill. Reprinted by permission of Dodd, Mead & Company. Inc.. the Canadian Publishers, McClelland and Stewart Limited, Toronto, and Victor Gollancz, Ltd., London. Doubleday & Company, Inc.: "The Road Back by Chora and The Firefly Hunt" by Ryusui from An Introduction to Haiku by Harold G. Henderson. Copyright 1958 by Harold G. Henderson. Reprinted by permission of Doubleday &








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The Flight of Icarus and Theseus and the Minotaur" from Stories of the Gods and Heroes. Copyright 1940, renewed 1968 by Sally Benson Reprinted by permission of the publisher. Dial Books for Young Readers, a Division of E. P. Dutton, Inc.












Company, and William Heinemann Limited. Indiana University Press: "Baba Yaga's Geese from Ba'ba Yaga s Geese and Ofher Russian Stories, translated and adapted by Bonnie Carey. Ray Lincoln Literary Agency: The Hound from Don t Ever Cross a Crocodile and Other Poems by Kaye Starbird. 1963 by Kaye Starbird. Reprinted by Copyright permission of Ray Lincoln Literary Agency, 4 Surrey Road. Melrose Park, Pa. 19126. This Is My Rock from One at a Little. Brown and Company:



1929 by David Time by David McCord. Copyright First appeared in Saturday Review By permission Brown and Company. Also appeared in Mr. Bidery's Spidery Garden published by Harrap Ltd. and Find Wol from Owls in reprinted with their permission. 1961 by Farley the Family by Farley Mowat. Copyright Mowat By permission of Little. Brown and Company in and the Press, with the Atlantic Monthly association Canadian Publishers. McClelland and Stewart Limited, Toronto Eletelephony from Tirra Lirra: Rhymes Old and 1930, 1932 by New by Laura E. Richards. Copyright 1960 by Hamilton Laura E Richards. Copyright Company. and Richards. By permission of Little, Brown Macmillan Publishing Company: Swift Things Are Beautiful from Away Goes Sally by Elizabeth Coatsworth. Copyright 1934 by Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc. Copyright renewed McCord. of Little.





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Volume 3

Stories and


Contents About This Book 5 Toad's Escape, Kenneth Grahame •


Toad's Song, Kenneth Grahame 22 Don't Worry if Your Job Is Small, author unknown 22 The Lion, Jack Prelutsky 23 A Bird, Emily Dickinson 23 A Bug Sat in a Silver Flower, Karla Kuskin 23 The Troll, Jack Prelutsky 23 •

Find Wol, Farley Mowat 24 The Cow-Tail Switch, Harold Courlander and George Herzog 32 Limericks, Edward Lear 38 Limericks, authors unknown 39 Harriet's Secret, Louise Fitzhugh 42 The Old Man with the Bump, Yoshiko Uchida 58 The New Kid, Mike Makley 66 Associations, Eve Merriam 66 Good Sportsmanship, Richard Armour 67 The Base Stealer, Robert Francis 67 Foul Shot, Edwin A. Hoey 68 The Sidewalk Racer, I

Lillian Morrison Walt Mason 69


The Knockout, Lillian Morrison



Thunder Butte, Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve 70 Why the Kangaroo Hops on Two Legs, K. Langloh Parker 83 Eletelephony, Laura E. Richards 87 What Is It?, author unknown •

Bananananananananana, William Cole



The Ptarmigan, author



The Bremen Town Musicians, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm 88 The Living Kuan-yin, Carol Kendall and Yao-wen Li 93 The Emperor's New Clothes, Hans Christian Andersen 100 •

The Codfish, author unknown Puffin, Robert Williams Wood Whitcomb Riley 107

107 107

Bees, Jack Prelutsky

A Wee



Worm, James


Anansi and the Plantains, Philip M. Sherlock Baba Yaga's Geese, Bonnie Carey 114


The Hummingbird, Jack Prelutsky 119 The Hound, Kaye Starbird The Lizard, John Gardner 119 The Frog, author unknown 119 •


Clever Manka, Parker Fillmore 120 Casey at the Bat, Ernest Lawrence Thayer •

Nina Terrance, Jean Craighead George Glooscap and His People, Kay Hill 143



Do You Fear the Wind?, Hamlin Garland 152 Wind-Wolves, William D. Sargent 152 The Wolf, Georgia Roberts Durston 153 The Wolf* Cry, Lew Sarett 153 •

A New Way, I


Paton Walsh


Leave the Island, Scott O'Dell


The Nineteenth-Moon-of -Neptune Beasts, X. J. Kennedy 174 Far Trek, June Brady 174 Back Yard, July Night, William Cole 175 There Was a Man, Dennis Lee 175 This Little Pig Built a Spacesuit, Frederick Winsor 175 The Difficulty of Living on Other Planets, Dennis Lee 175 •

The Boy

Who Became

a Wizard, Ursula K. Le

Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll

Requiem, Robert Louis Stevenson



Macavity: The Mystery Cat,


T. S.


Snowed Fur and Rained Fry Cakes



E. Cober

The Highwayman, Alfred Noyes

The Storm, Ivan Southall



A Vagabond

Western Virginia,


Wild Geese, Elinor Chipp 230 The Sea Gypsy, Richard Hovey Robert Browning



Myths of Ancient Greece, Sally Benson




The Homecoming, William H. Armstrong Eliot



Song, Bliss Carman Home Thoughts from Abroad, •



Stranger in the Land, Elizabeth George Speare 232 Fog, Carl Sandburg 245 Swift Things Are Beautiful, Elizabeth Coatsworth 245 Wanted—A Witch's Cat, Shelagh McGee 245 •


Strike the Jolly Roger, Robert Louis Stevenson

246 Haiku, Basho, Chora, Josa, Kikurio, Onitsura, Reinko, Ryusui, Shiki 265 The Minstrel-Boy, Thomas 264 Boncho, Chiyo, Issa, Shiki Moore 266 The Harp That Once through Tara's Halls, Thomas Moore 266 •

The Challenge, Laurence Yep 267 The Shooting-Match at Nottingham Town, Howard Pyle 279 This Is My Rock, David McCord 296 Afternoon on a Hill, Edna St. •

Vincent Millay 297 A Word, 296 Pippa's Song, Robert Browning Emily Dickinson 297 Certainty, Emily Dickinson 297 Follow the Gleam, Alfred, Lord Tennyson 297 The Prayer of the Little Bird, Carmen Bernos de Gasztold 298 If I Can Stop One Heart From 298 Dreams, Breaking, Emily Dickinson 298 Others, Harry Behn 299 To Langston Hughes 299 Auguries of Innocence, William Blake Dark Eyes Dreaming, Zilpha Keatley Snyder 299 •



Author Index 301 Title Index 302 First-Line Index to Poems



About This Book When

you were very young, you had some favorite things that

you enjoyed day after day fairy tale.


—a picture book, nursery rhymes, a

you learned to read, you found some books

that were special, and your

and Poems, ones


of favorites grew. In Stories


some new favorites to add to your old fantasies, and real-life adventures, and poems

you'll find tales,

that are thoughtful or magical or good for a giggle.

and Poems contains 27 stories and 91 poems for you to enjoy. Here is your chance to go adventuring in many times and places: ancient Greece and China, colonial America, and modern-day California, Florida, and New York. You can raise an orphan crow or a baby owl, sail a pirate ship to safety, or weave an enchantment that saves a town. You'll meet characters you will remember bold Robin Hood, quietly brave Karana, and many more. And you'll discover that some of these characters face problems and predicaments that Stories

are very like your own. In "Harriet's Secret," Harriet's

classmates read her private notebook

has written about them.



—and find out what she

"The Challenge," Craig Chin

struggles to win the respect of a





a rather

fearsome old man. Folk tales are fun because they show foolish) people

lose a fortune

how wise (and how

can be. Po Wan's generous heart leads him to

—and then gain another one. Manka's cleverness

wins a husband, loses him, and wins him back.


his courtiers are so worried about

they won't believe what their eyes If tell

you find a story you



And an emperor

what others think that them.

read the note at the end.

It will

you about other good stories you can find at the


—and about books on subjects that may interest you.

Don't forget the poems.


that lead you to see things in

them are "picture" poems a fresh, new way. Some of them of

poems that leave you with interesting things to think about. And quite a few are high nonsense and just plain are "idea"


Toad's Escape '

from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame



the world of fantasy, there

character more lovable



perhaps no


more exasperating


and conceited Toad. He is a constant good friends Badger, Mole, and Water Rat. Do what they will, the adventurous Toad is always in trouble.


sly, boastful,

trial to his