By L. Frank Baum
In addition to writing The Wizard of ounces, L Frank Baum additionally wrote many different tales, corresponding to this glorious choice of fairy stories. nonetheless as stress-free this present day as after they have been written, this glorious assortment will satisfaction all readers.
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Just then the book slipped from the girl’s lap, and as she made a movement to catch it one of the pages near the back opened wide. She caught a glimpse of a fierce grizzly bear looking at her from the page, and quickly threw the book from her. It fell with a crash in the middle of the room, but beside it stood the great grizzly, who had wrenched himself from the page before the book closed. “Now,” cried the leopard from his perch, “you’d better look out for yourselves! You can’t laugh at him as you did at me.
Instantly they all jumped from the hats, dashed out the open door of the glass case and scampered away to their cellar. But this action so frightened the milliner and her sister that after giving several loud screams they fell upon their backs on the floor and fainted away. Popopo was a kind-hearted knook, but on witnessing all this misery, caused by his own ignorance of the ways of humans, he straightway wished himself at home, and so left the poor women to recover as best they could. Yet he could not escape a sad feeling of responsibility, and after thinking upon the matter he decided that since he had caused the milliner’s unhappiness by freeing the birds, he could set the matter right by restoring them to the glass case.
As soon as it was dark the following day he came again to the city and on passing the millinery shop noticed a light within. Entering he found two women, one of whom leaned her head upon the table and sobbed bitterly, while the other strove to comfort her. Of course Popopo was invisible to mortal eyes, so he stood by and listened to their conversation. “Cheer up, sister,” said one. ” cried the other, who was the milliner, “no one will buy my hats partly trimmed, for the fashion is to wear birds upon them.