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Compiled from scans of original children's books. The World Public Library Children's eBook Collection is a selected list of the most popular children's books, "My First Book Collection." Many of these titles are considered all time classics. We hope you and your family enjoy the collection.

 
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Dancing

By: Marguerite Wilson

Excerpt: This volume does not claim to be an exhaustive treatise on the subject of dancing. It is designed to furnish practical assistance to those who, lacking an opportunity for instruction in this direction, desire to qualify themselves for participation in this most delightful and popular recreation.

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Danger! and Other Stories

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Preface: THE Title story of this volume was written about eighteen months before the outbreak of the war, and was intended to direct public attention to the great danger which threatened this country. It is a matter of history how fully this warning has been justified and how, even down to the smallest details, the prediction has been fulfilled. The writer must, however, most thankfully admit that what he did not foresee was the energy and ingenuity with which the navy h...

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David Balfour

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: It is the fate of sequels to disappoint those who have waited for them; and, my David having been left to kick his heels for more than a luster in the British Linen Company's office, must expect his late reappearance to be greeted with hoots, if not with missiles. Yet, when I remember the days of our explorations, I am not without hope. There should be left in our native city some seed of the elect; some long-legged, hot-headed youth must repeat to-day our dream...

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David Balfour : A Sequel to Kidnapped

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: In which are set forth his misfortunes anent the appin murder his troubles with lord advocate grant; captivity on the bass rock; journey into Holland and France; and singular relations with James more Drummond or MacGregor, a son of the notorious Rob Roy, and his daughter Catriona.

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David Balfour

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: MY DEAR CHARLES, It is the fate of sequels to disappoint those who have waited for them; and, my David having been left to kick his heels for more than a lustre in the British Linen Company's office, must expect his late reappearance to be greeted with hoots, if not with missiles. Yet, when I remember the days of our explorations, I am not without hope. There should be left in our native city some seed of the elect; some long-legged, hot-headed youth must repeat...

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David Crockett : His Life and Adventures

By: John S. C. Abbott

Excerpt: DAVID CROCKETT certainly was not a model man. But he was a representative man. He was conspicuously one of a very numerous class, still existing, and which has heretofore exerted a very powerful influence over this republic. As such, his wild and wondrous life is worthy of the study of every patriot. Of this class, their modes of life and habits of thought, the majority of our citizens know as little as they do of the manners and customs of the Comanche Indians....

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Davy and the Goblin or What Followed Reading 'Alice's Adventures i...

By: Charles E. Carryl

Excerpt: Dear Little Boy, Upon these pages find The tangled fancies of thy father's mind, Born of the hours when thou, a little child, Hearing entranced the marvels that were told Of fay and goblin in the days of old.

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Davy and the Goblin

By: Charles E. Carryl

Excerpt: Dear little boy, upon these pages find the tangled fancies of thy father's mind, born of the hours when thou, a little child, throne on his knee in breathless rapture smiled, hearing entranced the marvels that were told of fay and goblin in the days of old. Would that the glamour of those cloudless days might cheer thee still, what time the toilsome mazb of riper years hath banished fairy lore and blithesome youth hath fled to come no more.'...

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Denslow's Mother Goose

By: W.W. Denslow

Excerpt: This book is dedicated to Ann Waters Denslow with much love and gratitude for her help in its making...

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Denslow's Night before Christmas

By: Clement C. Moore

Introduction: Along time ago, in a tall, gray old house in New York City, a father wrote a story in rhyme for the surprise and delight of his children when they should gather around him on Christmas morning.

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Dick Sand : Or, A Captain at Fifteen

By: Jules Verne

Excerpt: THE BRIG-SCHOONER PILGRIM. On February 2, 1876, the schooner Pilgrim was in latitude 43 degrees 57' south, and in longitude 165 degrees 19' west of the meridian of Greenwich. This vessel, of four hundred tons, fitted out at San Francisco for whale-fishing in the southern seas, belonged to James W. Weldon, a rich Californian ship-owner, who had for several years entrusted the command of it to Captain Hull.

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Dick Sands : The Boy Captain

By: Jules Verne

Excerpt: THE ?PILGRIM.? On the 2nd of February, 1873, the ?Pilgrim,? a tight little craft of 400 tons burden, lay in lat. 43 degrees 57?, S. and long. 165 degrees 19?, W. She was a schooner, the property of James W. Weldon, a wealthy Californian ship-owner who had fitted her out at San Francisco, expressly for the whale-fisheries in the southern seas.

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Dolly and Molly at the Seashore

By: Elizabeth Gordon

Excerpt: Dolly and Molly ran down, hand in hand, To the seashore, to play all day in the sand. The big waves came up with a rush and a roar, and just dashed themselves to bits on the shore.

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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

By: L. Frank Baum

Excerpt: It's no use; no use at all. The children won't let me stop telling tales of the Land of Oz. I know lots of other stories, and I hope to tell them, some time or another; but just now my loving tyrants won't allow me. They cry: Oz? Oz! More about Oz, Mr. Baum! and what can I do but obey their commands? This is Our Book, mine and the children's. For they have flooded me with thousands of suggestions in regard to it, and I have honestly tried to adopt as many of the...

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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

By: L. Frank Baum

Excerpt: To My Readers. It's no use; no use at all. The children won't let me stop telling tales of the Land of Oz. I know lots of other stories, and I hope to tell them, some time or another; but just now my loving tyrants won't allow me. They cry: Oz?Oz! More about Oz, Mr. Baum! and what can I do but obey their commands? This is Our Book?mine and the children's. For they have flooded me with thousands of suggestions in regard to it, and I have honestly tried to adopt a...

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Dorothy's Mystical Adventures in Oz

By: Robert J. Evans

Excerpt: Market Day. It was a warm summer morning. Dorothy was sitting out on the front porch, gently rocking back and forth in Aunt Em's rocking chair. Toto, her little dog, lay sleepily at her feet. Aunt Em and Uncle Henry were hustling and bustling inside the house, getting ready to go to market. Oh, Dorothy... called Aunt Em. No answer. Dorothy, do you hear me? Still no answer. Aunt Em marched out on the porch. Toto, sensing trouble, scampered off, while Dorothy ? he...

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Down Spider Web Lane

By: Mary Dickerson Donahey

Excerpt: Not so very many years ago and not so very many miles away, there lay, at the foot of a big, sleepy old garden,...

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: MANY things conspire to make the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde one of the most remarkable, of not the most remarkable of all the writings of Robert Louis Stevenson. Few readers need to be reminded of the triumph of will over physical weakness which Stevenson achieved in many of his writings. None of them is a greater monument of that triumph than this. At Skerryvore in Bournemouth, Stevenson had to be kept in bed and silent, righting for his life against horr...

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Driven from Home

By: Horatio Alger Jr.

Excerpt: DRIVEN FROM HOME. A BOY of sixteen, with a small gripsack in his hand, trudged along the country road. He was of good height for his age, strongly built, and had a frank, attractive face. He was naturally of a cheerful temperament, but at present his face was grave, and not without a shade of anxiety. This can hardly be a matter of surprise when we consider that he was thrown upon his own resources, and that his available capital consisted of thirty-seven cents ...

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Driven from Home

By: Horatio Alger Jr.

Excerpt: DRIVEN FROM HOME. A boy of sixteen, with a small gripsack in his hand, trudged along the country road. He was of good height for his age, strongly built, and had a frank, attractive face. He was naturally of a cheerful temperament, but at present his face was grave, and not without a shade of anxiety. This can hardly be a matter of surprise when we consider that he was thrown upon his own resources, and that his available capital consisted of thirty-seven cents ...

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