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A Christmas Child by Mrs. Molesworth

A CHRISTMAS CHILD

A Sketch of a Boy-Life

by

MRS. MOLESWORTH

Author of 'Carrots,' 'Cuckoo Clock,' Etc.

Illustration: "The Story of Sunny."--_Frontispiece_.

Illustration: Skating Scene

Illustrated by Walter Crane

'O Christmas, merry Christmas! Is it really come again? With its memories and greetings, With its joy and with its pain.'

London Macmillan And Co. 1880

TO _The Two Friends_ WHO WILL BEST UNDERSTAND THIS SIMPLE LITTLE STORY I DEDICATE IT WITH MUCH AFFECTION

Paris, _May_ 1880.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. BABY TED 1

CHAPTER II. IN THE GARDEN 18

CHAPTER III. WISHES AND FEARS 37

CHAPTER IV. THE STORY OF SUNNY 58

CHAPTER V. THE STORY OF SUNNY (_Concluded_) 76

CHAPTER VI. LITTLE NARCISSA 94

CHAPTER VII. GETTING BIG 116

CHAPTER VIII. "STATISTICS" 137

CHAPTER IX. A PEACOCK'S FEATHER AND A KISS 161

CHAPTER X. SOME RAINY ADVENTURES 179

CHAPTER XI. "IT'S ONLY I, MOTHER" 200

CHAPTER XII. THE WHITE CROSS 216

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

"THE STORY OF SUNNY" _Frontispiece_

"I WISH THOO'D LET ME HELP THOO TO CUT THE GRASS" _To face page_ 32

"SHE HUNTED ABOUT AMONG THE LEAVES AND BRANCHES TILL SHE FOUND A LITTLE SILVER KNOB" " 83

"BABY SHOWED, OR TED _THOUGHT_ SHE DID, A QUITE EXTRAORDINARY LOVE FOR THE BOUQUETS HER LITTLE BROTHER ARRANGED FOR HER" " 98

"OH DEAR, OH DEAR!" CRIES BEAUTY, JUMPING UP IN A FRIGHT, "HE'S COMING TO EAT ME" " 133

"THEY WERE NEATLY TACKED ON TO THE FEATHER CARD, WHICH HAD A VERY FINE EFFECT ON THE WALL OF THE MUSEUM" " 170

"MASTER TED, VERY WET INDEED, MADE HIS APPEARANCE WITH ROSY CHEEKS AND A GENERAL LOOK OF SELF-SATISFACTION" " 194


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