• THE FAIRY'S NEW YEAR GIFT

  • BY EMILIE POULSSON (ADAPTED)

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    Two little boys were at play one day when a Fairy suddenly appeared before them and said:

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    Fairy

    “I have been sent to give you New Year presents.”

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    She handed to each child a package, and in an instant was gone.

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  • Carl and Philip opened the packages and found in them two beautiful books, with pages as pure and white as the snow when it first falls.

  • Many months passed and the Fairy came again to the boys.

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    Fairy

    “I have brought you each another book?”

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    said she,

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    Fairy

    “and will take the first ones back to Father Time who sent them to you.”

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    Philip

    “May I not keep mine a little longer?”

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    asked Philip.

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    Philip

    “I have hardly thought about it lately.

  • I'd like to paint something on the last leaf that lies open.”

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    Fairy

    “No,”

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    said the Fairy;

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    Fairy

    “I must take it just as it is.”

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    Carl

    “I wish that I could look through mine just once,”

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    said Carl;

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    Carl

    “I have only seen one page at a time, for when the leaf turns over it sticks fast, and I can never open the book at more than one place each day.”