Annie Brown by Unknown
Little Annie Browne was an only child, that
is, she had no little brothers or sisters; so you
may be sure her parents loved this little girl very
much indeed, and were always endeavouring to
make her happy. Now I wonder if the dear
little boy or girl, who is reading this, can guess
the means that Annie's Father and Mother took
to make her happy.
Did they give her plenty of candy? No.
Did they buy new play-things for her every day?
No. Did they take her very often to the Museum
or the Zoological Gardens? No; this was not
the way. I will tell you what they did; and I
will tell you what Annie did for one whole day
when she was about five years old, and that will
give you a very good idea of the way they took to
make her good, for then she was
sure to be
Well, one day Annie woke up very early in
the morning, and, sitting up in her little bed,
which was close by the side of her Mamma's, she
first rubbed her eyes, and then she looked all
round the room, and saw a narrow streak of
bright light on the wall. It was made by the
sun shining through a crack in the shutter. She
began to sing softly this little song, that she had
learned in school,—
"What is it shines so very bright,
That quick dispels the dusky night?—
It is the sun—the sun;
Shedding around its cheerful light,
It is the sun—the sun."
Presently she looked round again, and saw
her Mamma sleeping. She said, in her soft little
voice, "Mamma, Mamma! good morning, dear
But her Mamma did not wake up. Then she
crept over her to where her Papa was sleeping,
"Papa, Papa! good morning, dear Papa!"
But her Papa was too fast asleep to hear
her. So she gave her Papa a little kiss on the
end of his nose, and laid gently down between
In a few minutes, her Papa woke up, and
"Why! what little monkey is this in the
bed?" which made Annie laugh very much. She
then jumped out of bed, and put on her stockings
and shoes herself, as all little boys and girls
of five years old ought, and washed her face and
hands, and put on her clothes; and her Mamma,
who was now awake, fastened them, and brushed
her hair nicely. After that, she said some little
prayers that her Mamma had taught her, and
then ran down stairs, singing as gaily as a lark,
and dancing as lightly as a fairy.
After breakfast, her Mamma got her school
basket (it was a cunning little basket), and put
in it a nice slice of bread and butter, and a
peach, and gave her a little bouquet of flowers to
present to her teacher, whom little Annie loved
dearly; and then her Mamma said, "Good bye,
my darling!" and Annie made her such a funny
little curtsey, that she nearly tumbled over, and
off she went to school with her Papa, who always
saw her safe to the door.
Annie staid in school from nine o'clock until
two. When she came home, her Mother kissed
her, and said—
"Have you been a good little girl in school
"I think I have," said Annie; "Miss Harriet
said that I was very diligent. What is diligent,
"To be diligent, my dear," answered her
Mamma, "means to study your lesson all the
time, without thinking of play, or anything else,
until you know it perfectly."
Annie said she was glad it meant such good
things, and added, "Mamma, will you play I am
a lady coming to see you, if you are not too
Her Mamma said she would. So Annie got
her two dolls. One was a very pretty wax doll,
with eyes that could open and shut. Her name
was Emily; and the other was not wax, but was
larger. Her name was Augusta. Annie put on
their hats and shawls, and dressed herself in an
old hat, with a green veil, and came near her
Mamma, and made believe ring a bell, and said,
"Ting a ling, ting a ling."
"Come in," said her Mamma.
Little Annie shook hands with her Mamma,
and said, "How do you do, Mrs. Browne?"
"Thank you, I am very well," said her
Mamma. "Take a seat, my dear Mrs. Frisby,"
that was Annie's name. "How are your children,
"Oh! they are very sick," answered Annie;
"one has the toothache, and the other has a little
square hole in the back of her head, and it has
made her head ache."
"Dear me! Mrs. Frisby," said her Mamma,
"I am very sorry to hear it; you ought to go to
the doctor with them."
Then Annie pretended to go to the doctor,
and she took out of the drawer a little bit of
sugar for medicine. She ate the medicine up herself,
and said that it had done the dollies a great
deal of good. In this pleasant way she amused
herself until dinner time.
After dinner, her Papa and Mamma took her
to the Park, as it was a pleasant day; and there
Annie jumped about with other little girls, or ran
with her great hoop. She could roll the hoop
Then she came skipping home, and had her
tea; and after that her mother undressed her and
heard her say her prayers, and kissed her for
good night; and she jumped into bed, and in a
moment was fast asleep. Don't you think Annie
was a happy little girl? I think she was, for all
her days passed in this pleasant manner. Some
other time, perhaps, I will tell you more about
little Annie Browne.