would not be a vain guess that Ak has often assisted these hapless mortals."
"Sometimes," he replied, "when they are very young--'children,' the mortals call them--I have stopped to rescue them from misery. The men and women I dare not interfere with; they must bear the burdens Nature has imposed upon them. But the helpless infants, the innocent children of men, have a right to be happy until they become full-grown and able to bear the trials of humanity. So I feel I am justified in assisting them. Not long ago--a year, maybe--I found four poor children huddled in a wooden hut, slowly freezing to death. Their parents had gone to a neighboring village for food, and had left a fire to warm their little ones while they were absent. But a storm arose and drifted the snow in their path, so they were long on the road. Meantime the fire went out and the frost crept into the bones of the waiting children."
"Poor things!" murmured the Queen softly. "What did you do?"
"I called Nelko, bi
I agree. This book is a definite classic. I first became aware of this story as a child. The 1985 movie by Rankin-Bass that is. Imagine my shock to learn it was based on a story from 1902.
Today at 23 years old the movie (especially the intro song, Immortality) brings a tear to my eye. I'm so glad I found the book/story here and am extremely grateful. Bless you!
this book needs to be read to every child at christmas!