The Cheerful Cricket and Others

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Author: Jeannette Marks
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,917 / 32 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.1
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 466
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Genre: Young Readers
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Everywhere you go You see them dancing, Flowers dancing In the sunlight.

"Nodding heads are shining Like the dew-drops, Sparkling dew-drops, Shining gayly."


THE MEAN SPIDER

Old Stingy sat in the midst of his spider-web, as some old Giant used to sit in his fortress waiting to pounce upon innocent people to kill them and eat them. Stingy's shoulders were all humped up, and his eight claws looked very ugly. He had already tangled up one Noisy Fly, and now he sat waiting for another. Everybody hated him; even Toadie Todson went out of his way to give a lazy snap at Stingy.

All day long Stingy spun webs, caught noisy flies and even other spiders, and yet nobody ever knew what he did with his webs or with the flies he caught. Stingy had never been heard to say one word, and when he wanted exercise, he hung by his leg to a thin cobweb and dangled up and down. But if he saw anything coming he gave a jump, and back he went again into his web. There he would sit with his shoulders hump

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