Bumper the White Rabbit in the Woods
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Title: Bumper the White Rabbit in the Woods
Author: George Ethelbert Walsh
Release Date: September 15, 2018 [eBook #57908]
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He leaped into the air in one tremendous spring that carried him clear across to the other side
THE WHITE RABBIT IN THE WOODS
|THE JOHN C. WINSTON COMPANY|
|LIST OF TITLES|
|1||BUMPER THE WHITE RABBIT|
|2||BUMPER THE WHITE RABBIT IN THE WOODS|
|3||BUMPER THE WHITE RABBIT AND HIS FOES|
|4||BUMPER THE WHITE RABBIT AND HIS FRIENDS|
|5||BOBBY GRAY SQUIRREL|
|6||BOBBY GRAY SQUIRREL’S ADVENTURES|
|7||BUSTER THE BIG BROWN BEAR|
|8||BUSTER THE BIG BROWN BEAR’S ADVENTURES|
|9||WHITE TAIL THE DEER|
|10||WHITE TAIL THE DEER’S ADVENTURES|
|11||WASHER, THE RACCOON|
|(Other titles in preparation)|
All little boys and girls who love animalsshould become acquainted with Bumper thewhite rabbit, with Bobby Gray Squirrel,with Buster the bear, and with White Tailthe deer, for they are all a jolly lot, brave andfearless in danger, and so lovable that youwon’t lay down any one of the books withoutsaying wistfully, “I almost wish I had themreally and truly as friends and not just storybookacquaintances.” That, of course, is asplendid wish; but none of us could afford tohave a big menagerie of wild animals, andthat’s just what you would have to do if youwent outside of the books. Bumper had manyfriends, such as Mr. Blind Rabbit, Fuzzy Wuzzand Goggle Eyes, his country cousins; andBobby Gray Squirrel had his near cousins,Stripe the chipmunk and Webb the flyingsquirrel; while Buster and White Tail werefavored with an endless number of friends andrelatives. If we turned them all loose from thebooks, and put them in a ten-acre lot—butno, ten acres wouldn’t be big enough toaccommodate them, perhaps not a hundredacres.
So we will leave them just where they are—inthe books—and read about them, andlet our imaginations take us to them where wecan see them playing, skipping, singing, andsometimes fighting, and if we read very carefully,and think as we go along, we may cometo know them even better than if we went outhunting for them.
Another thing we should remember. Byleaving them in the books, hundreds andthousands of other boys and girls can enjoythem, too, sharing with us the pleasures ofthe imagination, which after all is one of thegreatest things in the world. In gatheringthem together in a real menagerie, we would beselfish both to Bumper, Bobby, Buster, WhiteTail and their friends as well as to thousandsof other little readers who could not sharethem with us. So these books of TwilightAnimal Stories are dedicated to all little boysand girls who love wild animals. All othersare forbidden to read them! They wouldn’tunderstand them if they did.
So come out into the woods with me, andlet us listen and watch, and I promise you itwill be worth while.
|I.||Bumper Hunts with the Pack||9|
|II.||Bumper’s Ignorance Excites Suspicion||16|
|III.||Bumper Saves Fuzzy Wuzz from Snake||23|
|IV.||Spotted Tail Shows Enmity||30|
|V.||A Test of Fleetness||37|
|VI.||A Test of Courage||44|
|VII.||A Test of Wits||51|
|VIII.||Spotted Tail Stirs up Revolt||58|
|IX.||The Work of Shrike the Butcher Bird||65|
|X.||Rusty Warns Bumper||72|
|XI.||The Rabbits Rise Against Bumper||78|
|XII.||Spotted Tail Receives his Punishment||85|
|XIII.||Bumper Wins Spotted Tail’s Friendship||92|
|XIV.||Spotted Tail Proves His Loyalty||99|
|XV.||Bumper Makes Fuzzy Wuzz Queen||106|
BUMPER HUNTS WITH THE PACK.
Bumper the White Rabbit, when he escapedfrom Edith, the red-headed girl who owned thegarden where he lived, found his way into thewoods, and, after many adventures with the Bats,the Crow, the Fox and Buster the Bear, he wasadopted by the wild rabbits as their leader andking. The Old Blind Rabbit welcomed him, andtold the story of how it was prophesied that someday a pure white rabbit, with pink eyes, wouldcome to deliver them from their enemies, andteach them how to live in the woods without fearof danger.
No one had been more surprised than Bumperat this sudden welcome. At first he was for tellingthem he was no leader, and not fit to be theirking; but, as he was very lonely and without a10home, the fear they might drive him out of theburrow if he protested and explained he was justan ordinary timid white rabbit that had strayedfrom the city decided him to keep quiet and acceptthe situation.
Playing king was not an agreeable rôle forBumper. In the first place, he felt unequal toit; and, in the second, he felt a good deal like animpostor. How Jimsy and Wheedles, his twobrothers in the city, would laugh at the idea!They didn’t think he possessed any kingly qualities.They would even dispute his leadership intheir own family.
But one thing gave Bumper considerable self-confidence.He was the only white rabbit in thewoods. None of the wild animals, except Busterthe Bear, who had spent a few years in a city Zoo,had ever seen a white rabbit. They didn’t believesuch a creature lived. And the pink eyes! Why,they alone were enough to distinguish him fromhis country cousins, and set him apart as oneto be admired.
There was no question about the admirationall the rabbits felt for him. Respect amountingalmost to awe for his wonderful fur of white,and his eyes of a delicate shade of pink, madethem feel that he was a real king of their tribe.
Bumper, after a while, grew accustomed to this11admiration, and he began to feel pardonablepride in his beautiful fur. Perhaps, after all, therewas something to the story the Old Blind Rabbittold. If looks made one a king then certainlyBumper was entitled to the position. He recalledthe words of his mother, when she told him hewas the handsomest of her children, with thepurest white fur and the pinkest of pink eyes.Was that another indication that he was designedby nature to rule over his wild people?
But on one point Bumper entertained no illusions.He was conscious of his ignorance ofthe woods and the ways of the wild creatures.Why, he hardly knew one from another! Hehad failed to recognize Mr. Crow on their firstmeeting, and it is doubtful if he would haveknown Mr. Fox immediately if