Sample Pages from American Cardinal Readers: Book Three

CONTENTS

1. GOD'S PROVIDENCE (Nancy Byrd Turner)........... 1
2. THE LITTLE WEED.................. 3
3. THE BROWN BIRDS.................... 5
4. THE PIED PIPER (Sister M. Madeleva, Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Ind.) ...................6
5. THE DARNING NEEDLE................. 7
6. THE WONDERFUL WORLD (William Brighty Rands).....................13
7. THE WONDERFUL MESSAGE..................... 15
8. THE ANNUNCIATION (Sister Richard, 0. M. C.)........................19
9. THE LITTLE ACORN (Lucy Wheelock).................. 20
10. THE ACORN AND THE PUMPKIN.................. 25
11. A BUSY DAY (Lucy Diamond)................27
12. THE SANDY ROAD.................. 28
13. THE GIANT ENERGY AND THE FAIRY SKILL (Maud Lindsay).................... 33
14. THE BABE MOSES................. 46
15. THE CHRIST CHILD IN THE TEMPLE..................... 51
16. HIDE-AND-SEEK (Father Tabb).................... 56
17. THE FROZEN HANDS (A. Fowler Lutz)...................... 57
18. A CHILD'S EVENING PRAYER (May L. Duncan)....................... 69
19. THE GRATEFUL INDIAN (Lawton B. Evans).................. 71
20. INDIAN CHILDREN (Annette Jvynne).................. 75
21. EUGENE, THE YOUNGEST (Mary Adelaide Garnett) ....................76
22. GOD IS GOOD (Jane Taylor) .................80
23. WHAT BROKE THE CHINA PITCHER (Mary Howliston)...............81
24. WINTER NIGHT(Mary F.Butts)................... 88
25.PICCOLA.................. 90
26. THE STORY OF TINY TIM (Charles Dickens - adapted) ...................99
27. THE SNOW MAN (W. W. Ellsworth)................. 107
I28. JAMIE WATT AND HIS GRANDMOTHER'S TEA KETTLE..............109
29. THE LAMPLIGHTER (Robert Louis Stevenson)...................... 115
30. ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S EDUCATION...................... 117
31. THE RESCUE OF OLD GLORY (Mrs. J. W. Wheeler)................. 125
32. THE FLAG GOES BY (Hay Holcomb Bennet)................... 135
33. ST. HOW THE CHILDREN SAVED THE TOWN..................... 145
35. THE WIND, A HELPER (Mary Stewart)........................... 153
36. THE WIND (Robert Louis Stevenson).......................... 162
37. THE SILVER BELT(Carl Moon)........................... 163
38. ST. DOROTHY, GOD-GIVEN (Mary Adelaide Garnett)......................... 177
39. A SPRING LILT......................... 183
40. FAIRIES (Sister Mary Angelita, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dubuque)........................ 184
41.SANMIN'S TREASURE.......................... 186
42. THE HERO OF HAARLEM......................... 197
43. THE LITTLE TOYLAND OF THE DUTCH.................... 205
44. THE SILVER BELL (Mary H. Frary and Charles M. Stebbins--adapted) ..........................207
45. RIDDLES......................... 216
46. THE CALICO'S STORY........................... 219
47. THE DUEL (Eugene Field)......................... 226
48. HOW PRIMROSE WENT TO THE PARTY......................... 229
49. THE ELF AND THE DORMOUSE (Oliver Herford)........................ 236
50. LATE (Josephine Preston Peabody)........................... 238
51. ST. TARCISIUS (Sister M. Gertrude, Sisters of Charity, Convent Station,N.J.).................... 239
52. A CHILD'S WISH (Father Ryan) .......................247

THE WONDERFUL MESSAGE

There never would have been anything but happiness in this world if Adam and Eve had not disobeyed God. It was this sin of disobedience that closed not only the gates of Paradise but the gates of Heaven as well.

When our first parents saw how angry God was with them, they were sad. Although God was angry, He pitied them and told them that one day He would send a Redeemer to open again the gates of Heaven. He said that this Redeemer would be His own beloved Son.

Years and years passed by and the world had become very wicked. There were many people, however, who remembered God's promise and eagerly awaited the Saviour's coming. Among them was a holy maiden named Mary.

Mary was the daughter of Joachim and Anne, two very holy people. When she was but three years old, her parents took her to the temple. They left her to grow up in this holy place be- cause they wished her to learn to know and love God. Many of the pious Jews of the time sent their little girls to the temple to live and to be educated.

The years spent at the temple were happy ones for Mary. She learned to pray and to read the Sacred Books. She liked best to read the parts that told of God's promise to send His Son to earth.

Mary did not leave the temple until she was fourteen years of age. She was a lovely maiden and never allowed the smallest spot of sin to touch her soul. She was as pure as a lily and loved God with all her heart.

One day, as she knelt praying, an angel shining with light and glory appeared before her. The angels, as you know, are God's messengers, and the message this angel had to carry was the holiest that had ever been sent to earth.

Mary was surprised and startled when the angel bowed low and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee." She was troubled at the angel's greeting and she did not understand his words. When the angel saw this, he at once explained to her the message he had brought.

He said, "Fear not, Mary, for you have found favor with God." Then he told her that the time had come for the Redeemer to be born and that God wanted her to be His mother. The Child was to be named Jesus and He would show all people the way to Heaven.

Mary was too humble to believe that she was worthy of so great an honor, but she wanted to do God's will in all things. When the angel finished speaking, she said, , 'Behold the hand- maid of the Lord."

We call the day on which the angel announced to Mary that she was to be the Mother of God, the feast of the Annunciation. Every year on the twenty-fifth of March We celebrate it in a very special way; and every time we say "Hail, Mary, full of grace," we think of the angel's message and what it means to all men.

THE ANNUNCIATION

An angel bright
From God was sent;
To Mary's home
His flight he bent.
He found the place
Wherein she dwelt;
She heard God's message
As she knelt;
Obedient, she bowed her head,
"I am Thy handmaid, Lord," she said.

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