|The Book of Fables and Folk Stories|
|by Horace Elisha Scudder|
|A choice collection of old folk tales and fables, attractively arranged and illustrated. Between each of the longer tales appear several short fables, offering a varied reading experience for the young reader for whom it is intended. Ages 6-9 |
THE ARAB AND HIS CAMEL
 ONE cold night, as an Arab sat in his tent, a Camel
thrust the flap of the tent aside, and
"I pray thee, master," he said, "let me put my head
within the tent, for it is cold without."
"By all means, and welcome," said the Arab; and the
Camel stretched his head into the
"If I might but warm my neck, also," he said,
"Put your neck inside," said the Arab. Soon the Camel,
who had been turning his head
from side to side, said again:—
"It will take but little more room if I put my fore
legs within the tent. It is difficult
"You may also put your fore legs within," said the
Arab, moving a little to make room,
for the tent was very small.
"May I not stand wholly within?" asked the Camel,
finally. "I keep the tent open by
standing as I do."
"Yes, yes," said the Arab. "I will have pity on you as
well as on myself. Come wholly
So the Camel came forward and crowded into the tent.
But the tent was too small for
"I think," said the Camel, "that there is not room for
both of us here. It will be best for
you to stand outside, as you are the smaller; there
will then be room enough for me."
And with that he pushed the Arab a little, who made
haste to get outside the tent.
It is a wise rule to resist the beginnings of evil.
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