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The Rambles of a Rat

A. L. O. E.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . never was a creature so wretched as that desolate boy. The next morning he took away the handkerchief, and in the evening he brought home bread.


Once when he returned, the snow was fast falling, drifting through the roof, and in at the door, till Billy could scarcely find a clear spot on which to rest his languid little frame. He was always on the look-out for his brother, as soon as the sky began to darken. Well might he watch on that day, for he had not broken his fast since the evening before; and his lips were blue with hunger and cold, and he was lonely, very lonely, in the shed.

Presently Bob came hastily in; we had not heard his step on the soft snow. The flakes were resting on his rags and whitening his hair, as he threw himself down by his brother.

“Oh! Billy!” he exclaimed, and burst into tears.

“What have you got?” cried the little one joyfully. “A big loaf!” and he tore it asunder in his eager haste, and a. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Clever morality tale.

I really enjoyed this story. It was interesting and different, and i really like the fashion in which it is written. That old style prose is wonderful:) And seeing the world through a rats eyes was new and interesting. To see through the eyes of a creature widely loathed, and hated, the world of man

I love her books

No one writes treasures like this any more. I loved this and my children loved it, asking me to read chapter after chapter! It’s everything you could want in a child’s book, my kiddos wish there were more to read! I cannot recommend it highly enough! I love all her books!

This is a real oddity -- or is it? Allegories of anthropomorphic animals who, by their elevated nature, reveal the darker side of humanity, have been around forever, but there's something highly personal about this one, and I wish I could rate it higher.

It's too dependent on coincidence--almost ent