Willie and Bounce
A Beginner Reading Text
1. Two fast friends were Willie Brown and his
little dog Bounce. Willie could never think of taking
a walk without Bounce. Cake and play were equally
shared between them.
2. Willie taught his dog many cunning tricks, and
often said that Bounce could do almost anything in
the world but talk.
3. There came a time, however, when Bounce
really told Willie's father somesent
thing, though he could not talk. Let me tell you how
he did this.
4. It was on a bright summer afternoon. Willie
had strolled with Bounce down to the river, which
was not more than two blocks from his father's
5. Willie began to throw stones into the water,
and to watch the ripples as they made one circle
6. Bounce lay on the grass, watching the flies that
buzzed around his nose, and catching any that came
7. There were some logs floating in the river near
the shore. Willie jumped upon one of them, to see if
he could throw a stone across the river.
8. He drew back, and sent the stone with all his
might. just as it left his hand, the log turned, and he
fell into the water.
9. He was very much frightened, for he did not
know how to swim, and there was no one to hear,
though he called as loud as he could for help.
10. Poor little Bounce gave a great yelp of distress.
If he had been a
yelp loud'ly against look'ing bark'ing
spring clothes o'pened dis'tress scratched
big water dog, he could have jumped in and brought
his master out.
11. He ran up and down the bank two or three
times, barking, looking first at Willie and then
around. Then he started, as fast as he could run, up
the street to the store.
12. When he got there the door was shut, but he
scratched against it and barked loudly, until some
one came and opened it.
13. He caught hold of Mr. Brown's clothes, then
ran to the door, then back again, catching at him,
barking, and jumping.
14. A friend who was in the store said to Mr.
Brown, "Something must be wrong; I would put on
my hat, and go with the dog." Bounce, seeing Mr.
Brown take his hat, started for the river.
15. Then Mr. Brown thought of Willie. As he came
to the river, he saw Willie's hat floating on the
water, and his small arm thrown up.
16. He sprang in and caught him just as he was
going down for the last time, and quickly carried
him to the bank. "Willie soon got over his fright,
and no one seemed to be more delighted than