Erskine Caldwell: Molly Cottontail

This  beautiful story by an American author puts you in a happy mood.

I read it for the first time today in a voluminous book titled The Children’s Treasury of Literature, ed. by Bryna and Louis Untermeyer (Paul Hamlyn, London) after rummaging it from my library.

To nine-year-old Johnny’s home there comes a visitor, Aunt Nellie. He overhears her telling his mom whether he likes to hunt. When told that he did not, she declares: “I am disappointed in having a nephew who is not a real Southern gentleman.”

Johnny, touched to the quick,  goes into a room and taking his father’s shotgun and some shells, strolls out. Soon he comes across a grey-furred rabbit sitting on the bank of a creek. He takes aim and shoots…

Despite Aunt Nellie and her notions of Southern gentlemen,   there are fresh ways of looking at things.

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