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A Round Dozen by Susan Coolidge

A ROUND DOZEN.

[Illustration: TOINETTE AND THE ELVES.

Down on the ground beside her, a tiny figure became visible, so small that Toinette had to kneel and stoop her head to see it.--PAGE 234.]

A ROUND DOZEN.

BY

SUSAN COOLIDGE,

AUTHOR OF "THE NEW YEAR'S BARGAIN," "WHAT KATY DID," "WHAT KATY DID AT SCHOOL," "MISCHIEF'S THANKSGIVING," "NINE LITTLE GOSLINGS," "EYEBRIGHT," "CROSS-PATCH," "A GUERNSEY LILY."

[Illustration: QUI LEGIT REQIT]

BOSTON: ROBERTS BROTHERS. 1892.

_Copyright, 1883_,

BY ROBERTS BROTHERS.

UNIVERSITY PRESS: JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE.

TO

V V V V V

_Five little buds grouped round the parent stem, Growing in sweet airs, beneath gracious skies, Watched tenderly from sunrise to sunrise, Lest blight, or chill, or evil menace them._

_Five small and folded buds, just here and there Giving a hint of what the bloom may be, When to reward the long close ministry The buds shall blossom into roses fair._

_Soft dews fall on you, dears, soft breezes blow, The noons be tempered and the snows be kind, And gentle angels watch each stormy wind, And turn it from the garden where you grow._

CONTENTS.

PAGE THE LITTLE WHITE DOOR 9 LITTLE KAREN AND HER BABY 34 HELEN'S THANKSGIVING 47 AT FIESOLE 67 QUEEN BLOSSOM 93 A SMALL BEGINNING 115 THE SECRET DOOR 135 THE TWO WISHES 156 BLUE AND PINK 183 A FORTUNATE MISFORTUNE 198 TOINETTE AND THE ELVES 232 JEAN'S MONEY, AND WHAT IT BOUGHT 259 HOW THE STORKS CAME AND WENT 277

THE LITTLE WHITE DOOR.

I SUPPOSE that most boys and girls who go to school and study geography know, by sight at least, the little patch of pale pink which is marked on the map as "Switzerland." I suppose, too, that if I asked, "What can you tell me about Switzerland?" a great many of them would cry out, "It is a mountainous country, the Alps are there, Mont Blanc is there, the highest


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