The Magic Speech Flower

or Little Luke and His Animal Friends

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Author: Melvin Hix
Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 31,076 / 90 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.6
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 623
Added to site: 2005.03.16
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nd its heart was as yellow as gold.

Little Luke reached out his hand to pick the strange flower. As soon as Mee-ko saw what he was doing, he fairly screamed. To little Luke it seemed as if he said, "Stop, stop, let it be. Leave it alone. Go away."

Little Luke was used to Mee-ko's scolding. He had heard it many times before, but never before had he thought there was any sense in it. It seemed very queer to him that he could understand the speech of a squirrel.

In his surprise he forgot about the strange flower and sat looking up at Mee-ko. At once Mee-ko became quiet. He ran along the branch and down the tree behind little Luke. Then he leaped to the ground and ran across to another tree. When he thought he was safe, he began to talk and scold again. To the little boy it seemed as if Mee-ko was saying, "Come here, come away, follow me, follow me!"

But little Luke did not care to chase Mee-ko. He knew he could not catch him, and besides, he wanted the strange flower. As soon as he re

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
2008.01.24
Greg Homer
***..

As a fairly early advocate of the positive medicinal and psychic properties of opium, author Melvin Hix gives us a delightful story, 'The Magic Speech Flower'.

In this story, two young siblings Clark and Fontana Armbrooster come across a wonderful talking flower (an opium poppy). This magic flower tells the kids how to harvest the 'yummy black goodness' found inside the bulb. And how, if eaten will make them '..wise, powerful, and immortal.'

The kids listen to the talking flower and follow his advice. After many ups and downs, Fontana becomes a popular blues singer in a cabaret while Clark learns to play the tenor saxaphone.

FYI: Melvin Hix is the same Melvin Hix we all know from the band 'Melvin Hix and His Hot Lix'.


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