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Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin

By James Baldwin

A better half quantity to "Fifty recognized tales Retold" via James Baldwin, "Fifty recognized humans" introduces childrens to a number of males who played their elements within the nice drama of the world's historical past. integrated are anecdotes approximately nice American statesmen, comparable to Lincoln and Franklin, in addition to kings of lengthy ago-Cyrus the good, King Alfred, and Robert Bruce, boys who grew to become well-known as poets-Longfellow and Caedmon, and others who excelled within the artwork of painting-Giotto and Benjamin West. different tales depict orators, students, inventors, slaves, and squaddies. despite their fields of endeavour, all of the characters portrayed express features that cause them to helpful of being remembered and regarded as much as as types of habit. kids will take pleasure in listening to those tales learn to them, whereas older ones will enjoy analyzing them to themselves.

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Oh, what a pretty sound it made! "I have some pennies," said Benjamin. He held them in his hand, and showed them to the boy. " "Well, it's a bargain," said the boy; and he gave the whistle to Benjamin, and took the pennies. Little Benjamin Franklin was very happy; for he was only seven years old. He ran home as fast as he could, blowing the whistle as he ran. " One of his brothers asked to see the whistle. " he said. "You've paid a dear price for this thing. " "You might have bought half a dozen such whistles with the money I gave you," said his mother.

Gilbert de Lafayette's father and grandfather and great-grandfather had all been brave and noble men. He was very proud to think of this, and he wished that he might grow up to be like them. His home was in the country not far from a great forest. Often, when he was a little lad, he took long walks among the trees with his mother. "Mother," he would say, "do not be afraid. " One day word came that a savage wolf had been seen in the forest. Men said that it was a very large wolf and that it had killed some of the farmers' sheep.

Come, Edward, we must hurry," said the sister. " With one hand the little boy clung to his sister's arm, and with the other he held his primer. This primer was his only book, and he loved it. It had a bright blue cover, which he was careful not to soil. And in it were some odd little pictures, which he never grew tired of looking at. Edward could spell nearly all the words in his primer, and he could read quite well. The school was more than a mile from their home, and the children trotted along as fast as their short legs could carry them.

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