Dame Duck's First Lecture on Education

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Excerpt Old Mother Duck has hatched a broodOf ducklings, small and callow:Their little wings are short, their downIs mottled gray and yellow.There is a quiet little stream,That runs into the moat,Where tall green sedges spread their leaves,And water-lilies float.Close by the margin of the brook,The old duck made her nest,Of straw, and leaves, and withered grass,And down from her own breast. View larger image And there she sat for four long weeks,In rainy days and fine,Until the ducklings all came out—Four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.One peeped out from beneath her wing,One scrambled on her back:“That’s very rude,” said old Dame Duck,“Get off! quack, quack, quack, quack!”“’Tis close,” said Dame Duck, shoving outThe egg shells with her bill,“Besides, it never suits young ducksTo keep them sitting still.”So, rising from her nest, she said,“Now, children, look at me:A well-bred duck should waddle so,From side to side—d’ye see?” View larger image View larger image “Yes,” said the little ones, and thenShe went on to explain:“A well-bred duck turns in its toesAs I do—try again.”“Yes,” said the ducklings, waddling on:“That’s better,” said their mother;“But well-bred ducks walk in a row.Straight—one behind another.”“Yes,” said the little ducks again,All waddling in a row:“Now to the pond,” said old Dame Duck—Splash, splash, and in they go.“Let me swim first,” said old Dame Duck,“To this side, now to that;There, snap at those great brown-winged flies,They make young ducklings fat. View larger image “Now, when you reach the poultry-yard,The hen-wife, Molly Head,Will feed you, with the other fowls,On bran and mashed-up bread;“The hens will peck and fight, but mind,I hope that all of you,Will gobble up the food as fastAs well-bred ducks should do.“You had better get into the dish,Unless it is too small;In that case, I should use my foot,And overturn it all.”The ducklings did as they were bid,And found the plan so good,That, from that day, the other fowlsGot hardly any food. NEW PICTURE BOOKS FOR LITTLE CHILDREN. Particular attention is called to the followingUNRIVALLED “THREE CENT BOOKS.” UNCLE TOBY’S SERIES—New. Twelve kinds. A happy collection of enjoyable, childish stories. Four full-page illustrations, elegantly printed in colors. 16mo. 10 pages. Old Mother Bantry. The Enraged Miller.Dame Duck’s First Lecture. Jack and Jill.The Three Tiny Pigs. Tommy Tatter.The Naughty Puppies. Queen and Princess of Dolly-Land.The Little Dog Trusty. Chattering Jack.Whittington and his Cat. Little Totty.DR. WATTS’ DIVINE AND MORAL SONGS. Six kinds. Some of the best that have ever been written, embracing those recommended by Dr. Watts, as standards for the guidance of other writers. 12 pages. Well printed, with four elegant illustrations in colors. Showy pictorial covers, printed in colors. Against Faults. Praises for Good.Good Resolutions. Against Evil.Good Examples. Early Religion.PLEASURE BOOKS. Six kinds. Standard stories, with full-page showy illustrations. 16mo. 16 pages. Pictorial covers, printed in colors. The House that Jack Built. Old Dame and her Silver Sixpence.Fox and Geese. Life and Death of Jenny Wren.The Three Bears. Little Man and Little Maid.  Many novelties in preparation, which will be superior to anything heretofore published....
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