The little bear was very fat and cunning. "Here," said his father, "make your manners, Bub!"
The baby bear with grinning face came running, Bowed awkwardly, and said, "I'm Tiny Cub."
"You're a darling," Tilly said, Patting Tiny's woolly head, "And I 'm very glad with bears to get acquainted, For I've always thought them bold, Fierce and dreadful to behold,— But you're really not as black as you've been painted."
A smile crept o'er Big Bruin's woolly features. "Have ypu had that impression, Tim?" he said, "Though I can't answer for my fellow creatures, My family's exceedingly well-bred; And we have come to hear your conversation.
In order that we may improve our mind. We'll gladly listen now to your oration, If it is in your hearts to be so kind."
But Tilly then cried out, "'Tis the other way about! And what we want is just to hear your story, And if you 're willing now, We beg you 'll tell us how You reached your present state of fame and glory."
Title: Mother Goose's menagerie, Authors: Carolyn Wells, Peter Newell. Illustrated by: Peter Newell. Publisher: Noyes, Platt, 1901. Original from: Harvard University
Digitized: Dec 18, 2008. Length: 111 pages.
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