Among the Meadow People

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Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 29,008 / 85 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.7
LoC Category: QL
Downloads: 503
Added to site: 2011.06.20
mnybks.net#: 30201
Genre: Young Readers
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and quicken it.

But when the spring sunbeams did come! Even before the leaf-buds were open, tiny Larvae, or Caterpillar babies, came crawling from the ring of eggs and began feeding upon the buds. They took very, very small bites, and that looked as though they were polite children. Still, you know, their mouths were so small that they could not take big ones, and it may not have been politeness after all which made them eat daintily.

When all the Tent-Caterpillars were hatched, and they had eaten every leaf-bud near the egg-ring, they began to crawl down the tree toward the trunk. Once they stopped by a good-sized crotch in the branches. "Let's build here," said the leader; "this place is all right."

Then some of the Tent-Caterpillars said, "Let's!" and some of them said, "Don't let's!" One young fellow said, "Aw, come on! There's a bigger crotch farther down." Of course he should have said, "I think you will like a larger crotch better," but he was young, and, you know, these Larvae had

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