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will furnish merriment for the youngsters who laughed the year before over the simpler nonsense of Mother Goose.
When the pinafores themselves are cast aside Pinafore Palace will be outgrown, and you can find something better suited to the developing requirements of the nursery folk in "The Posy Ring." Then the third volume in our series— "Golden Numbers"-will give boys and girls from ten to fifteen a taste of all the best and soundest poetry suitable to their age, and after that they may enter on their full birthright, “the rich deposit of the centuries."
No greater love for a task nor happiness in doing it, no more ardent wish to please a child or meet a mother's need, ever went into a book than have been wrought into this volume and its three predecessors. We hope that it will find its way into the nurseries where wealth has provided every means of ministering to the young child's growth in body, mind, and soul; and if some of the Pinafore Palaces should be neat little kitchens, what joy it would be to think of certain young queen-mothers taking a breath between tasks to sit by the fire and read to their royal babies while the bread is baking, the kettle boiling, or the potatoes bubbling in the pot.
Where does Pinafore Palace stand?
Right in the middle of Lilliput Land."
And Lilliput Land is (or ought to be) the freeest country in the universe. Its shining gates open wide at dawn, closing only at sunset, and toddling pilgrims with eager faces enter and wander about at will. Decked in velvet or clad in rags the friendly porter pays no heed, for the pinafores hide all class distinctions.
"We're bound for Pinafore Palace, sir,"
They say to the smiling gatekeeper.
"Do we need, if you please, an entrance ticket
Before we pass through your magic wicket?'
Oh, no, little Prince and Princess dear,
All pinafores freely enter here!"
KATE DOUGLAS WIGGIN.
CKNOWLEDGMENTS are herewith made to the following publishers for permission to include in this volume selections from their copyrighted publications:
Houghton, Mifflin & Co.: "A Dewdrop" and "Bees," from Little Folk Lyrics, by Frank Dempster Sherman; “The Brown Thrush," from Childhood Songs, by Lucy Larcom; "Bossy and Daisy," from The World Garden, by Margaret Deland; “Lost,” from Poems for Children, by Celia Thaxter; "Clothes,' A Music Box,” and “Learning to Play," from A Pocketful of Posies, by Abbie Farwell Brown. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard: "How they Sleep" and "The Darling Birds," from Babyland; “Follow Me,” “ Annie's Garden,” “Good Mooly Cow," The New Moon," "Do You Guess it is I," and "Baby's Birthday," from Little Songs, by Eliza Lee Follen; "Who Likes the Rain" and "Spring Questions," by Clara Doty Bates; and five poems by Emilie Poulsson as follows: “Chickens in Trouble" (Translated from the Norwegian) and "A Puppy's Problem," from Through the Farmyard Gate; "The Story of Baby's Blanket,” "The Story of Baby's Pillow," and "Baby's Breakfast,” from Child Stories and Rhymes.
Little, Brown & Company: "The Owl and the Eel and the Warming Pan" and "The Difference," from Sundown Songs, by Laura E. Richards.
Milton Bradley Company: "The Five Little Fairies,” “The Pigeons,” 'The Barnyard," from Rhymes for Little Hands, by Maud Burnham.
New England Publishing Company: "Our Mother," from the American Primary Teacher.
Small, Maynard & Company: "Hospitality," The Child's Star," "Foot Soldiers," from Child Verse, by John B. Tabb.
The Outlook: "Baby's Journey," by Mary F. Butts.