The First Book of Stories for the Story-Teller, circa 1910 edition by Fanny E. Coe and other authors.

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Stories compiled by Fanny E. Coe. Written by various authors. Published circa 1910. The Riverside Press Cambridge, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, New York and Chicago.

An anthology of fables, folk tales, fairy tales, and myths.

The Lion and the Mouse

"One day a great lion lay asleep in the sunshine. A little mouse ran across his paw and waked him. The great lion was just going to eat him up when the little mouse cried, 'O please let me go, Sir. Some day I may help you.'

"The lion laughed at the thought that the little mouse could be of any use to him. But he was a good-natured lion, and he set the mouse free.

"Not long after, the lion was caught in a net. He tugged and pulled with all his might, but the ropes were too strong. Then he roared loudly. The little mouse heard him, and ran to the spot.

"'Be still, dear Lion, and I will set you free. I will gnaw the ropes.'"

In the forward, Fanny Coe writes: "There is no need to enter a plea for storytelling. Its value in the home and in the school is assured. Miss Bryant, in her charming book, "How to tell Stories to Children," says, 'Perhaps never, since the really old days, has storytelling so nearly reached a recognized level of dignity as a legitimate and general art of entertainment as now.'"

Miss Bryant refers to Sara Cone Bryant (1873 – 1956), a 19th and 20th century educator, children's author, and leading suffragist. Bryant drew inspiration for her tales from the folklore of different cultures. Her most popular children's books were Best Stories to Tell to Children (1912) and Gordon and His Friends (1924). How to Tell Stories to Children (1905), a primer for adults in storytelling for their children, is a classic.

This volume belonged to Donald R. Bryant of Gorham, New Hampshire, though a relationship to Sara Cone Bryant hasn't been established.
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Condition: Very Good. Lacks dust jacket, as issued. Tan cloth pages with black decoration: Light soiling, front and back; corners lightly bumped; light rubbing at head, tail, and front edge of the spine and front fore edge. Inside: Small paper book plate on front pastedown; inscription in light pencil on front fly leaf; closed tear on page 15; else pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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