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´╗┐Title: Denslow's Three Bears
Author: Denslow, W. W. (William Wallace), 1856-1915
Language: English
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                 THREE BEARS

               G.W.Dillingham Co.

              Publishers New York.
               Copyright 1903 by
             Published, August 1903

               To Mazie La Shelle

[Illustration: THE THREE BEARS.]

A long time ago in a cottage on the edge of a great forest there dwelt a
little girl by the name of Golden Hair; she was an orphan and lived with
her grandmother who loved her dearly. The grandmother was very old and
so most of the house work was done by Golden Hair; but she was so young
and strong she did not mind that a bit, for she had plenty of time to
play and was merry the whole day long.

Although little Golden Hair lived far from other children she was never
lonesome, for she had many friends and playmates in the wild creatures
of the wood. The gentle, soft eyed deer would feed from her hand, and
the wild birds would come at her musical call; for she knew their
language and loved them well.

Golden Hair had never wandered far into the forest. But one day in the
early autumn time, as she was gathering bright leaves and golden rod,
she strayed farther than she knew and came upon a lonely, gray cabin
under the mighty trees. A slab of wood beside the half open door told
who lived within. It read:

"Papa Bear, Mamma Bear, and the Tiny Bear."


"So this is where the jolly bears live!" said Golden Hair, as she
knocked upon the door. "I want to meet them."

No answer came to her knocking, so she pushed the door wide open and
walked in.

It was a most disorderly house, but a bright fire burned on the hearth,
over which hung a big, black kettle of bubbling soup, while on the
table, near by, were three yellow bowls of different sizes.

"A big bowl for Papa Bear, a medium sized bowl for Mamma Bear, and a
little bowl for the Tiny Bear," said Golden Hair.

"That soup smells good," she went on to say, "but my! what an untidy
house! I'll put the place to rights while I am waiting for the bears to
come home."



So she went to work to sweep and dust and soon had the room in order.
Then she went into the bed room and made up the three beds: the big one
for Papa Bear, the medium sized one for Mamma Bear, and the little one
for the Tiny Bear; she bustled and had everything as neat as a pin when
in bounced the three jolly bears. For a moment the bears stood
speechless, with wide open eyes, staring at Golden Hair, who stood,
like a ray of sunshine in the dusky room; then they burst into loud
laughter and made her welcome to their home. When they saw how nice and
clean it was they thanked her heartily and invited her to share their
dinner, for the soup was now ready and they were all hungry. Golden Hair
spent the rest of the day with the three jolly bears playing "hi spy"
and many new games which the bears taught her.



When the afternoon sun was sinking in the west the little girl said she
must be getting home, for her grandma would be anxious about her. The
three bears would not let her go alone, so they all set off together
through the twilight woods,--a merry company.

Golden Hair rode upon the broad back of Papa Bear, while Mamma Bear and
Tiny walked gaily on either side. In this way, before night had fallen,
they came clear of the wood and up to the home of Golden Hair.


To be sure the grandmother was much surprised to see this shaggy
company with her little Golden Hair; but when she saw how jolly they all
were and how handy they were in helping Golden Hair get the supper, she
was delighted to have them stay, and gave them welcome. Papa Bear split
the wood, brought it in, and built the fire; Mamma Bear got the tea
kettle and filled it with water that was carried from the well by the
Tiny Bear, and soon they were able to sit down to a good supper of hot
biscuit, wild honey and pumpkin pie, with tea for the elders and nice
sweet milk for Golden Hair and the Tiny Bear.



The grandmother liked the three bears so well and the bears were so
delighted with the comforts of home that they all decided to live
together for the general good.

Papa Bear would do the chores and stand guard over the house at night;
Mamma Bear would do the housework under the direction of Golden Hair,
while the Tiny Bear would wait upon grandmother and run errands for the


And so it came about that the three bears moved their three bowls and
their three beds to the home of Golden Hair and her grandmother, the
very next day; and from all accounts they were happy ever after. At any
rate the fame of Golden Hair and the three bears spread far and wide
through all the countryside, so that on holidays troops of children came
to play with the four jolly friends.

The good natured bears were always anxious to please the children; they
would get up games under the greenwood trees in the summer, and merry
sports upon the icy lake or snowy hills in winter. They did their best
to make life for all, one glad round of joy. Just how long they lived
thus, no one seems to know; for it was a long, long time ago and nothing
is left but a joyous memory of a happy golden time.



Denslow's Picture Books for Children

For these books W.W. Denslow has revised and adapted several of the best
classical fairy tales. He has improved these stories by elimination of
all coarseness, cruelty, and everything that might frighten children.
They are new; more beautiful and striking in both text and picture than
any children's books heretofore published. Each book is filled with
pictures of action and fun in brilliant colors. The twelve books are
uniform in size.




G.W. Dillingham Company, Publishers, New York

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