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The Outdoor Chums on the Gulf; or, Rescuing the Lost Balloonists, Chapter 1: "Under Sealed Orders"
The Outdoor Chums on the Gulf follows the story of Jerry, Will, Frank, and Bluff and their adventures. In chapter one, a group of four boys find that their winter break promises more excitement than they could have hoped for. Frank lets his friends know that they have an opportunity for an adventure, traveling Florida by boat.
"The Little Hero of Haarlem"
A fairy tale about a young boy named Hans that saved a town from drowning by plugging up the water in a bank with his finger.
"The Emperor's New Clothes"
The very vain Emperor in this fairy tale is tricked by a pair of thieves.
Squinty, the Comical Pig, Chapter 1: Squinty and the Dog
The readers find out the origin of Squinty’s name. Squinty and his brothers and sisters grow up. Squinty wants to see the world and have some adventures, so he escapes. However, he’s caught by the dog.
Uncle Tom's Cabin (Told To The Children): Chapter 1
Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is an anti–slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the novel had a profound effect on attitudes towards slavery in the United States. The book also helped create a number of stereotypes of African-Americans. To some extent, this negative effect has overshadowed other historical impacts of the novel.
The Told to the Children Series of books were published in Great Britain in the early 1900's. The purpose of the book series was to introduce readers between the ages of 9 and 12 to the best known classic novels of the 19th Century.
A child notices the movements of his shadow.