| Fifty Famous Stories Retold|
|by James Baldwin|
|Includes fifty legendary tales depicting certain romantic episodes in the lives of well-known heroes and famous men, or in the history of a people. Children naturally take a deep interest in such stories. The reading of them will not only give pleasure but will lay the foundation for broader literary studies, as nearly all are the subjects of frequent allusions in poetry and prose. Ages 6-9 |
HOW NAPOLEON CROSSED THE ALPS
ABOUT a hundred years ago there lived a great
general whose name was Napoleon Bonaparte. He was the leader of
the French army; and France was at war with nearly all the
countries around. He wanted very much to take his soldiers
into Italy; but between France and Italy there are high
mountains called the Alps, the tops of which are covered
"Is it possible to cross the Alps?" said Napoleon.
 The men who had been sent to look at the passes over the
mountains shook their heads. Then one of them said, "It
may be possible, but"—
"Let me hear no more," said Napoleon.
"Forward to Italy!"
People laughed at the thought of an army of sixty thousand
men crossing the Alps where there was no road. But Napoleon
waited only to see that everything was in good order, and
then he gave the order to march.
The long line of soldiers and horses and cannon stretched
for twenty miles. When they came to a steep place where
there seemed to be no way to go farther, the
trumpets sounded "Charge!" Then every man did his best, and the
whole army moved right onward.
Soon they were safe over the Alps. In four days they were
marching on the plains of Italy.
"The man who has made up his mind to win," said Napoleon,
"will never say 'Impossible.' "
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