Blue Silver

Long ago when the years were dark and the black rains used to come with strong winds and blow the front porches off houses, and pick chimneys off houses, and …

Kiss Me

All night she was out in a snowstorm with a horse and a gun hunting wildcats. And the storm of the blowing snow was coming worse on the second day.

Pig Wisps

There was an oyster king far in the south who knew how to open oysters and pick out the pearls. He grew rich and all kinds of money came rolling …

Once on a Time by A. A. Milne

ONCE ON A TIME By A.A. Milne DECORATED BY CHARLES ROBINSON   GROSSET & DUNLAP Publishers          New York By Arrangement with G. P. Putnam’s Sons     PREFACE This book was …

The King of Euralia has a Visitor to Breakfast

King Merriwig of Euralia sat at breakfast on his castle walls. He lifted the gold cover from the gold dish in front of him, selected a trout and conveyed it carefully to his gold plate. He was a man of simple tastes, but when you have an aunt with the newly acquired gift of turning anything she touches to gold, you must let her practise sometimes. In another age it might have been fretwork.

The King of Euralia Draws his Sword

No doubt you have already guessed that it was the Countess Belvane who dictated the King of Euralia’s answer. Left to himself, Merriwig would have said, “Serve you jolly well …

Belvane Indulges Her Hobby

In a glade in the forest the Countess Belvane was sitting: her throne, a fallen log, her courtiers, that imaginary audience which was always with her. For once in her …

There Are No Wizards in Barodia

Meanwhile “the King of Euralia was prosecuting the war with utmost vigour.” So says Roger in that famous chapter of his, and certainly Merriwig was very busy. On the declaration …

Prince Udo Sleeps Badly

Everybody likes to make a good impression on his first visit, but there were moments just before his arrival in Euralia when Prince Udo doubted whether the affair would go …

They Are Afraid of Udo

This is a painful chapter for me to write. Mercifully it is to be a short one. Later on I shall become used to the situation; inclined, even, to dwell …

Watercress Seems To Go With The Ears

Wiggs gave a parting pat to the tablecloth and stood looking at it with her head on one side. “Now, then,” she said, “have we got everything?” “What about sardines?” …

We Decide To Write To Udo’s Father

“Now, my dear Princess,” said Udo, as soon as they were alone. “Let me know in what way I can help you.” “Oh, Prince Udo,” said Hyacinth earnestly, “it is …

“Pink” Rhymes With “Think”

Udo awoke, slightly refreshed, and decided to take a firm line with the Countess at once. He had no difficulty about finding his way down to her. The Palace seemed …

There is a Lover Waiting For Hyacinth

So the next morning before breakfast Wiggs went up on to the castle walls and wished. She looked over the meadows, and across the peaceful stream that wandered through them, …

Belvane Enjoys Herself

The entrance of an attendant into his room that morning to bring him his early bran-mash had awakened Udo. As soon as she was gone he jumped up, shook the …

Udo Behaves Like a Gentleman

“And now,” said Coronel, “we’d better decide what to do.” “But I don’t mind what we do now,” said Hyacinth happily. “She may have the throne and Father and Udo, …

A Serpent Coming After Udo

Belvane had now had twenty-four hours in which to think it over. Whatever her faults, she had a sense of humour. She could not help smiling to herself as she …

the Seventeen Volumes Go Back Again

King Merriwig of Eastern Euralia sat at breakfast on his castle walls. He lifted the gold cover from the gold dish in front of him, selected a trout, and conveyed …

The Floating Prince an excerpt from the book by Frank Richard Stockton

“If I want a kingdom, I must build up one for myself, and that is just what I will do. I will gather together my subjects as I go along. The first person I meet shall be my chief councilor of state, the second shall be head of the army, the third shall be admiral of the navy, the next shall be chief treasurer, and then I will collect subjects of various classes.”

from the collection of stories by Frank Stockton

Chapter 4. Good Hunting an excerpt from The Treasure Seekers, by E. Nesbit.

‘A Princess or a poetry book,’ said Noel sleepily. He was lying on his back on the sofa, kicking his legs. ‘Only I shall look for the Princess all by myself. But I’ll let you see her when we’re married.’
‘Have you got enough poetry to make a book?’ Dicky asked that, and it was rather sensible of him, because when Noel came to look there were only seven of his poems that any of us could understand.

(an excerpt from The Treasure Seekers, by E. Nesbit.)

How Gimme the Ax Found Out About the Zigzag Railroad and Who Made It Zigzag

“Long ago,” said the Potato Face Blind Man, “long before the necktie poppies began growing in the backyard, long before there was a necktie scarf like yours with whiteface pony spots on a green frog swimming in the moonshine, back in the old days when they laid the rails for the railroad they laid the rails straight.”

Sand Flat Shadows

Fire the Goat and Flim the Goose slept out. Stub pines stood over them. And away up next over the stub pines were stars. It was a white sand flat …