|Hans Christian Andersen|
|Little Ida's Flowers illustrated by Edna F. Hart|
Little Ida's Flowers
written by Hans Christian Andersen (1835)
beautiful fairytales, and cut out pasteboard houses for her,
and such wonderful pictures too; he could cut out hearts with little
ladies dancing in them; flowers he could cut out, and castles
with doors that would open. He was a very charming youth.
high up in the air, and then they have leaves given them
to jump from their stems, they move their leaves as if they were wings,
and so fly about; and as they always behave well, they are allowed
to flutter hither and thither by day, instead of sitting quietly on their
stems, till at last, real wings grow out of their leaves.
Botany, who lives beside the garden, into a perplexity;
tell it to the other till they all know it, and then all the flowers
are sure to fly there. Then when the Professor comes into the garden,
and does not find any of his flowers, he will not be able to
comprehend what is become of them."
gestures. Have you not often seen how they bend to and fro,
and nod and move all their green leaves, when there is
the gentlest breeze? To them this is as intelligible as words are to us."
intimate terms with a pretty young carnation.
bear any of these, and then he used to say as he did now,
tomorrow." So she took the doll out of bed; but the good lady
did not say a single word, she only made a wry face at being obliged
to leave her bed for the sake of the old flowers.
just before going to bed she ran to the window where her mother's
tulips and hyacinths were standing, and she whispered quite softly
to them, "I know very well that you are going to the ball tonight."
in the sleeping room; the night lamp burnt on the table, and her father