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It has long halls leading to it, and through these, the little mice carry bits of soft, dry grass, with which they make warm and cozy nests.

When the days begin to grow cold, these little mice go into their nests in the ground.

There they sleep through the whole winter, and do not wake till the spring comes back and the sun warms the ground.

LANGUAGE LESSON.

Let pupils tell in their own words,

Where the harvest mouse makes her nest.
How large the ball, or nest, is.
The size of this little mouse.
What she is eating for her dinner.
Where these mice live in winter.

Let pupils write statements about,

The tail of the harvest mouse.
The mouse on the nest in the picture.
The mouse on the stalk in the picture.

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In another lesson you have read about the black bear. In this lesson

you will learn something about the white or polar bear.

In the cold, cold North there is nearly always snow on the ground.

Even in summer it is very cold, and great pieces of ice float about in the sea.

Here is the home of the white bear. He does not mind the cold, for he has a coat of thick furto keep him warm.

He walks about in the deep snow, and seems to like the cold air as well as you do the warm sunshine.

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He never slips on the ice as you do, because the soles of his feet are covered with long hair.

He walks as softly as if he had on a pair of fur boots.

He always lives near the sea, for he likes to swim in the water.

There, too, he finds plenty of fish and seals to eat.

He likes to catch a seal for his dinner. He roams about until he finds a place where the water is clear of ice.

He knows that this is a place where a seal is likely to come up for air. So he keeps very quiet and watches.

By and by, up comes the round head of a seal. Soon he crawls out upon the ice, and after a while goes to sleep.

Then the bear creeps softly along toward the seal. He makes no. noise because of the long hair on his feet.

If the seal wakes up and looks around, the bear falls flat upon the ice and lies very still till the seal, thinking there is no one about, goes to sleep again.

The bear does this again and again, till at last he is near enough to spring upon the seal and fasten his long, sharp claws in his body, as you see him doing in the picture. He then kills and eats him.

Sometimes he jumps into the water after a fish, and is so quick, that he catches it before it can get away.

When he can not find food in this way, he goes to some place where the snow has melted and feeds on berries.

If he can not find any berries, he is glad to eat even the seaweed that grows along the seashore.

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