By Arthur Ransome
Tom Dudgeon has eliminate a motor cruiser from its moorings to guard a coot's nest, yet now the cruiser is looking low and high for him - even delivering a gift. Tom accepts a call for participation for a week's cruise to coach his new neighbors, Dick and Dorothea tips on how to sail. You couldn't get a greater sailor than Tom yet can he fairly remain one leap prior to his pursuers lengthy sufficient to accomplish the voyage?
(Originally released in 1934)
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Socrates recognized that the heart of the Aesopic fable is a form of impersonation: of animating the inanimate, of turning abstractions into realities. Such metamorphoses are everywhere in the fables, but perhaps nowhere more central to the youthful reader than in those concerned with education and its implements. Take, for example, the story of the thief and his mother (Perry 200). A schoolboy stole a writing tablet from another student and took it home to his mother. Instead of scolding him for stealing, she praised him.
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