“So the girl put on her best clothes and her newest shoes.”
So the girl put on her best clothes and her newest shoes, and lifted up her skirts, so that they would neither get dirty themselves nor soil her shoes. In this she was very wise; but she was neither wise nor good in something else that she did.
When she came to a road across a marsh, she found there was a great deal of mud and many pools of water. One of the pools was so deep that she flung the loaf into it, so that she might step on it, and thus get over the pool dry-shod.
But no sooner was her foot on the loaf than she began to sink. Down and down she went – first up to the waist, then up to the shoulders. At last she was quite out of sight, and there was only a bubbling in the pool to show where she had been!
“The Girl who trod on a loaf.”
Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales.
By William Woodburn.
Illustrated by Gordon Robinson.
W. & R. Chambers, Limited: London & Edinburgh. 1917.
10 thoughts on “Bread – Not A Good Stepping Stone!”
In attitude and expression of the girl fits into every modern fashion magazine. And who knows, maybe the dress would now like again. As always, many thanks for your wonderful stories!
Thank you! You are right she has a very modern look as she ventures out into the world.
Pride comes before the fall, as they say. I was terribly afraid of quick sand as a child playing in the woods of New Jersey. I stepped in mud once with my new smiley face sneakers and really felt I was sinking. My sister and cousins saved me but we lost the sneaker and got in trouble with the parents. I have a girl crush on the girl in the picture.
Scary! Lucky you weren’t alone. The girl is saucy, but she might not have been able to get you out of the quick sand.
This is exquisite! She is so statuesque! I was so absorbed in the illustration that I almost forgot to read the accompanying text… and that is perfect too! It completely turns the whole thing on its head with the picture it paints! Thank you so much for sharing this!
Thank you telling me! She is making herself “heard.”
That’s a rather bizarre tale.