It had snowed very hard. Ralph and
Edward, who were visiting Grandma in the country, had to stay in the house all day.
When they went to bed it was still
snowing, and every time they woke up during the night, they could hear
the wind sighing and whistling around the house, and through he branches
of the old pine trees.
But the next morning the sun was
shining brightly. Such a glorious day! How the branches of the pine trees
"It looks as if they had been sprinkled
with gold dust and diamonds," exclaimed Ralph.
"Oh Grandma! Please do hurry breakfast.
We are going out to build a fort," cried the boys, bursting into the dining-room.
Grandma smiled and told them to eat
a good breakfast, for building a fort was hard work.
They were soon out in the snow, and
what a splendid time they did have.
The fort did not grow very fast,
for they had to stop so often to snow-ball each other.
When Grandma called them in to dinner
they wondered where the time had gone since breakfast.
After dinner, Ralph was looking out
of the window, when he spied two little birds cuddled up on a branch of
"Oh, Edward! come here," he called.
"See those poor little birds. They look half frozen and so hungry."
"Poor little things," replied Edward.
"Doesn't it make you feel mean to think what a jolly time we had this morning
out of the snow which has covered up the places where they get their food?"
"Let us get some food from Grandma
and throw it out to them," said Ralph. "Perhaps they will find it."
The little birds were soon chirpping
and flying about merrily and Ralph said it sounded as if they kept saying,
Will not other little children be
as kind as Ralph and Edward?
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