The light of the world (1940) - PDF children book

The light of the world by Mark Bartman

The light of the world
The light of the world (1940) - PDF children book

The Light of the World is the twelfth of thirty booklets in the Children's Science Series. It was prepared by the Philadelphia Unit of the Pennsylvania Writers' Project, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Instruction. 

This booklet, written by Mark Bartman, was edited by Katharine Britton of the State office staff. Acknowledgment is made to Wagner Schlesinger, Associate Director in charge of Astronomy, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, for acting as a consultant to assure the accuracy of the text and illustrations. Illustrations were prepared by workers of the Pennsylvania Art Project, under the direction of Michael Gallegher, who also executed the jacket design. Inside illustrations are the work of David Cain, Bryan Pringle, and Mary Procopio.\


Once upon a time, so an old story says, the wind and the sun had a quarrel. Each one boasted that he was more powerful than the other. The quarrel became so bitter that they felt they must settle it by a test of strength. 

On the earth far below, they saw a man walking, his coat buttoned about his neck. "Look,” said the wind, "the one that can make that man down there take off his coat first is the stronger!” And with a great howl, he swept down upon the traveler, blowing a blast that was fierce and strong and cold. He tore at the traveler’s coat with stinging fingers. 

But the traveler shivered and clutched it closer. Harder and harder puffed the wind. Louder and louder he howled. But the traveler only bent his head and hugged his coat more tightly. Then the sun-brushed the wind aside and shone down upon the earth with all his power. The air grew warmer and warmer, the clouds melted away. Soon the traveler opened his coat. As the heat kept pouring down, wheat stalks in the fields drooped their heads, leaves shriveled, and ponds dried up. The traveler tore off his coat and flung himself under a shady tree. 

Now the victorious sun dropped behind the hills, and the earth became cool and pleasant. Then the wind knew he was beaten, and fled away to hide in the cracks of a mountain cave.

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