The Fairy´s New Year Gift

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NARRATOR: Two little boys were playing one day when a Fairy suddenly appeared before them.


FAIRY: I have been sent to give you New Year presents.


NARRATOR: She handed each child a package, and then she disappeared.


BOY 1: Let´s open the packages!.


BOY 2: Yes!.


NARRATOR: The two boys found in them two beautiful books, with pages as pure and white as the snow when it first falls. Many months passed and the Fairy came again to the boys.


FAIRY: I have brought you each another book , and I will take the first ones back to Father Time who sent them to you.


BOY 2: May I keep mine a little longer?. I have hardly thought about it lately. I ‘d like to paint something on the last page that lies open.


FAIRY: No, I must take it just as it is.


BOY 1: I wish that I could look through mine just once, I have only seen one page at a time, for when the page turns over it sticks fast, and I can never open the book at more than one place each day.


FAIRY: You shall look at your book, and Philip, at his.


NARRATOR: Then the Fairy lit for them two little silver lamps, by the light of which they saw the pages as she turned them. But the boys looked in wonder.


BOY 1: Are these the same fair books you gave us a year ago?.


BOY 2: Yes, where are the clean, white pages, as pure and beautiful as the snow when it first falls?.


BOY 1: Here´s a page with ugly, black spots and scratches upon it; while the very next page shows a lovely little picture.


BOY 2: Some pages are decorated with gold and silver and gorgeous colors, others with beautiful flowers, and still others with a rainbow of softest, most delicate brightness. Yet even on the most beautiful of the pages there are ugly blots and scratches.


BOY 1: Who did this?. Every page was white and fair as we opened to it; yet now there is not a single blank place in the whole book!.


FAIRY: Do I explain some of the pictures to you?. See, Philip, the spray of roses blossomed on this page when you let the baby have your playthings; and this pretty bird, that looks as if it were singing with all its might, would never have been on this page if you had not tried to be kind and pleasant the other day, instead of quarreling.


BOY 2: But what makes this blot?.


FAIRY: That… that came when you told an untruth one day, and this when you did not mind mamma. All these blots and scratches that look so ugly, both in your book and in Carl’s, were made when you were naughty. Each pretty thing in your books came on its page when you were good.


BOY 1 AND BOY 2: Oh, if we could only have the books again!.


FAIRY: That can not be.  See, they are dated for this year and they must now go back into Father Time’s bookcase, but I have brought you each a new one. Perhaps you can make these more beautiful than the others.


NARRATOR: Then she vanished, and the boys were left alone, but each held in his hand a new book open at the first page. And on the back of this book was written in letters of gold, “For the New Year”.




Author:  Emilie Poulsson – lived from 1853 to 1939


Adapted by:  K I D S I N C O


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