|The Red Indian Fairy Book|
|by Frances Jenkins Olcott|
|A choice collection of Native American myths and legends carefully selected from many sources. Most are nature stories telling about birds, beasts, flowers, and rocks of our American meadows, prairies, and forests. The tales are arranged according to the seasons with several stories offered for each month of the year. There are some for early spring, when the maple sap mounts, and the arbutus blooms under the snow; for later spring, when the birds nest, and the wild flowers blow; for summer, with its heat, storms, fishing, and canoeing; for autumn with its corn, nuts, and harvest feast; for winter, with its ice, snow, and adventures. A comprehensive subject index for use by teachers and storytellers is included. Ages 8-12 |
 LISTEN to the Wyandot Grandmother:—
Once in an Indian village there was a beautiful girl.
She lived all alone in a pretty lodge, and had a little gray Woodpecker
for a servant.
Whenever the girl wished to go to the dance, she called,
"Woodpecker Gray, come and dress me."
Then the little bird came hopping over the floor.
He plaited her hair, and wound bright strings of beads in it,
and helped her to paint her face with colours like the rainbow.
And after the girl was dressed, she put the paint-pots carefully away
and locked them up.
Now, the little bird's feathers were just gray,
with a few white spots. And every time he saw his mistress
painted so bright and beautiful, he sighed and thought,
"How I wish my feathers were red!"
One day, after the girl was gone to the dance,
he saw that she had left on the floor a brush dipped
 in red paint. "Ah ha!" thought he, "now I will make myself pretty!"
So he picked up the brush, and drew it across each side
of his head, just above his ears. And so he got two tiny
red stripes, and he wears them to-day, as he flies about in the woods.
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