| Kindergarten Gems|
|by Agnes Taylor Ketchum|
|A full collection of stories and rhymes for the youngest listeners. In addition to the usual fairy tales, folk tales, and fables, there are numerous stories about animals, tales of everyday doings, and stories of the seasons. The material is conveniently arranged in groups, with several stories and rhymes for each holiday and season throughout the year. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the text. Ages 4-8 |
THE FAIRY IN THE MIRROR
ID you ever see the Fairies in the Looking-glass?
I know of a little girl who saw them and I will tell
you how it happened.
Nettie was a pretty good little girl, but she had a
very unpleasant habit of frowning and fretting if
everything did not please her, and this was so often
and she frowned so much that she was beginning to have
two wrinkles between her eye-brows. Now when she looked
into the glass with a scowl on her face it made the
fairies very unhappy, and they were sorry for her, so
they thought, they would try to cure her of her fault.
The fairies are able to make themselves large or small,
and to look like any one they choose. One fairy said to
the others, "I think I have a good plan, one that will
cure Nettie of her ill-temper; it is this: whenever
Nettie looks into the glass with a cross face, I shall
show her my face and I will look exactly as she does,
only I will smile instead of frowning, then she cannot
help seeing how much more agreeable she is when she is
pleasant, and I think in a short time she will be a
sweet, amiable little girl."
The very next day Nettie went to the mirror with a
scowl on her face, and was surprised to see a little
face appear in the glass just like her own, but a
bright smile was sparkling in the eyes, and a merry
laugh was ready to break from the lips. The little girl
looked earnestly at the strange appearance in the
mirror, and in a few moments she was smiling at the
lovely fairy face. Nettie was so pleased with her
littler fairy friend that she often looked into the
glass, and always had a pleasant laugh with her. Then
one day she came as usual to see the lovely fairy face;
instead of that, it was cross and frowning. Nettie felt
very bad about it and said:
"Oh! dear fairy, why do you look so cross?"
 "Nettie," said the fairy, "I wanted to show you how you
look when you frown."
"Indeed," said Nettie, "I will never be so cross again,
but try to be always kind and pleasant."
After this Nettie's papa and mamma often said to each
other: "What a dear little girl our Nettie is getting
to be. She never frowns."
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