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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1876. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... TOM SEVEN YEARS OLD. CHAP. L--TOM WANTS
TO BUILD A SHIP. OM was growing very old indeed. He had had seven
birthdays. He had seen the trees and bushes and plants in the world
round him die and live again seven times, so that he was no longer
surprised at the sight, and could almost tell when it was coming.
He had counted up to a hundred stars in the sky, and had found out
that there were many, many, many more than a hundred, though there
was only one moon, and that a big one. He also knew that this moon
and these stars were not nearly as small as they looked, and only
appeared so because they were a long way off, far up above the
clouds, much higher than the lark could fly. He had learnt a great
many names besides his own--names of animals and birds and fishes,
trees and flowers, the names of all the letters, and some of the
notes on the piano, and even the names of the countries which lay
far away, outside the garden, and beyond the road. Tom wanted to go
everywhere, and to see everything. He was quite astonished when his
papa showed him, on a painted map, what a very little corner of the
big, big world he lived in. Whenever he asked how soon he might
start, he was told-- "As soon as you have a ship of your own." So
he seriously began to pick up pieces of wood to take them to
anybody who would build him a ship, for time was passing, and he
was growing very old, and would soon be a man. Every autumn when
the swallows flew away he longed to go with them; but then they had
wings of their own to take them over the sea, and did not require
ships to sail in. The two pieces of land he wished most to go to,
were freezing cold Iceland, and burning hot India. He wished to see
real live white bears and roaring lions and tigers with his own
eyes, and not merely in ...
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