| For the Children's Hour|
|by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey|
|A choice collection of stories for the preschool child, carefully selected, adapted, and arranged by two veteran kindergarten teachers. Includes nature stories, holiday stories, fairy tales and fables, as well as stories of home life. Emphasis is placed on fanciful tales for their value in the training of the imagination and on cumulative tales for developing a child's sense of humor and appealing to his instinctive love of rhyme and jingle. Ages 4-7 |
THE WIND AND THE SUN
C. M. L. From the fables of Æsop.
THE Wind and the Sun had a dispute one day as to which
of the two was the stronger.
They told of the wonderful things they could do.
"I," cried the Sun, "am able to bring the summer, to
ripen the fruits and grains, and cover the earth with
"And I," cried the Wind, "can break the trees, and move
the ships, and bring the winter."
So they quarreled, and each ended where he had begun,
thinking that he had the greater power.
Just then they saw a traveler coming, and they agreed
that whichever should make the traveler take off his
coat should be counted the stronger.
The Wind was the first to try, so the Sun went behind a
cloud while the Wind began to blow as hard as he could
upon the traveler. But the harder he blew the more
closely did the traveler wrap his coat about him, until
at last the Wind gave up in despair.
Then came the Sun and sent his warmest rays right down
upon the traveler's head. The traveler quickly threw
open his coat, turned it back, and at last took it off
Kindness effects more than severity.
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