Here's the story and then I'll give the poem which inspired the story and a bit more about the poet, Phoebe Cary.
That's from http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100106024 Ballads for little folk, by Alice and Phoebe Cary; edited by Mary Clemmer Ames.
One other quick note occurs to me while in the woods where the woodpecker is tapping out bugs. I recommend a children's book, The Dead Tree by Alvin Tresselt, which shows the whole life cycle of an oak even when it might seem at first glance to have become useless.
|This is part of a series of postings of stories under the category, "Keeping the Public in
Public Domain." The idea behind Public Domain was to preserve our
cultural heritage after the authors and their immediate heirs were
compensated. I feel strongly current copyright law delays this intent
on works of the 20th century. My own library of folklore includes
so many books within the Public Domain I decided to share stories from
them. I hope you enjoy discovering new
At the same time, my own involvement in storytelling regularly creates projects requiring research as part of my sharing stories with an audience. Whenever that research needs to be shown here, the publishing of Public Domain stories will not occur that week. This is a return to my normal monthly posting of a research project here. Response has convinced me that "Keeping the Public in Public Domain" should continue along with my monthly postings as often as I can manage it.
There are many online resources for Public Domain stories, none for folklore is as ambitious as fellow storyteller, Yoel Perez's database, Yashpeh, the International Folktales Collection. I recommended it earlier and want to continue to do so. Have fun discovering even more stories!