Sample Pages from American Cardinal Readers: Book Two

CONTENTS

1. WHOSE BIRTHDAY WAS BEST?.......... 1
2. THE CHRIST CHILD (Gilbert K. Chesterton) ...............4
3. HOW RUTH FOUND HER W AY (Mary Mac Dougall-adapted)............ 5
4. EYVIND AND MARIT (Bjornstjerne Bjornson- adapted).................9
5. TABBY GRAY (Maud Lindsay-adapted) .............16
6. A TRIP TO THE WOODS............... 21
7. SQUIRREL, SQUIRREL {Dorothy Aldis).............. 31
8. THE Boy AND THE Fox (Swedish Folk Tale) ................32
9. SOMETHING TO GUESS................. 34
10. ST. FRANCIS AND THE WOLF (Sister James Stanislaus, Sisters of St. Joseph of Caron- dolet)...........38
II. THE STORIES THE PICTURES TOLD................... 47 12. THE CHRISTMAS SECRET (May Emery H all- adapted).................. 57
13. THE CHRISTMAS TREE IN THE FOREST (Carolyn Sherwin Bailey-adapted)................ 69
14. CLARE'S NEW SISTER. .............73
15. THE LITTLE GRAY PONY (Maud Lindsay- adapted) ......................81
16. GRANNY'S HELPER (From the Jataka Tales)............... ..91
17. ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND HIS DOG................. 99
18. BETSY'S VISITOR (Carolyn Sherwin Bailey- adapted) ....................106
19. THE FLAG OF OUR COUNTRY................ 117
20. ST. CYRIL................... 118
21. THE HONEST WOODMAN.................... 123
22. THE KING'S RIDDLES (Maud Lindsay and Emily Poulsson-adapted)................... 131
23. BLESSED IMELDA .................140
24. THE ROBINS.................... 145
25. SINGING (Robert Louis Stevenson)...................... 153
26. THE GOOD SHEPHERD ...........................154
27. AN UNSELFISH MAN (American Tale) ....................158
28. TREES (Abbie Farwell Brown) ......................168
29. GRANDMOTHER'S GIFT .....................169
30. THE BELL IN THE MARKET PLACE (Italian Legend) .......................175
31. ST. TERESA, THE LITTLE FLOWER................. 183
32. A GOOD PLAY (Robert Louis Stevenson) ..................190
33. WINGS AND WHEELS (Nancy Byrd Turner) .....................192
34. MARY'S NEW COAT............................ 194
35. THE BOY AND THE SHEEP (Ann Taylor)................ 204
36. THE MAN WITH THE COCONUTS (Mabel Cook Cole) (Philippine Folk Tale)................... 205
37. THE BAG OF DUST (Carolyn Sherwin Bailey- adapted) .......................209
38. GOD'S OUTDOORS (Sister M. Paraclita, Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood)........................ 216

HOW RUTH FOUND HER WAY

Ruth and Robert lived with their mother in a house at the edge of the woods.

It was a long walk to the nearest town. The road to it ran through the woods.

Every day Robert went to this town to sell the little cakes his mother made. Sometimes he took fresh eggs to sell, too.

One day Robert was ill and could not go to town. His mother could not go, for she had to take care of him.

Ruth said, "Mother, please let me take the cakes and eggs to town to-day. I have gone there so often with Robert, I am sure I know the way ."

Ruth's mother said, "There are many paths in the woods, dear. I am afraid you would not find the right one without Robert's help."

"0, I am sure I know the right path, Mother. Please let me go. Let me try to help you as Robert does," begged Ruth.

Ruth's mother thought for a while. Then she said,

"You may go, dear. Your Guardian Angel will take care of you."

The cakes were packed neatly in one basket. The eggs were put into another. Ruth took a basket in each hand and started off .

It took her a long time to reach the town. It took her a long time to sell all the cakes and eggs, too. It was late when she was ready to start for home.

"I must hurry. I want to be home before it is dark," she said to herself.

Ruth ran through the woods as fast as she could. At last she came to a place where two paths met. She did not know which path to follow. It seemed to her that she had never seen this place before.

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Ruth thought she was lost but she was not afraid. She knew her Guardian Angel would help her. She prayed,
"Beautiful Angel,
My guardian so mild,
Tenderly guide me,
For I am thy child."

Then she walked along one of the paths.

Before she had gone very far, she saw a big flat rock under one of the trees. "0," she said, "I know now I am on the right path. Robert and I have often rested on that rock, on our way home from town. Thank you, Guardian Angel, for helping me."

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Ruth ran along this path. It led her out of the woods and right to her own home.

"I am so glad you are safe at home again, Ruth," said her mother .

"My Guardian Angel took care of me, Mother ," said Ruth. Then she told her mother about the two paths in the woods.

Excerpted from American Cardinal Readers: Book Two
1929, Neumann Press, Used with permission.