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By Philip Pullman

A tattered scarecrow stands in the course of a muddy box, taking no discover of the violent thunderstorm round him. but if a bolt of lightning moves him, fizzing its manner via his turnip head and down his broomstick, the Scarecrow blinks with surprise–and involves lifestyles.
So starts the tale of the Scarecrow, a courteous yet pea-brained fellow with grand rules. He meets a boy, Jack, who turns into his trustworthy servant. abandoning his bird-scaring tasks, the Scarecrow units out for Spring Valley, with Jack at his part. because the valiant Scarecrow plunges them into terrifying dangers–battles, brigands, damaged hearts, and treasure islands–he by no means realizes he’s being by way of the single family members who desperately needs he’d by no means sprung to existence. Will the Scarecrow realize the key to his prior prior to the crooked Buffalonis shut in on him?

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He paid with a gold coin he'd present in the brig-ands' bag. Then an individual shouted, “Stop, thief! escape from my birds! ” Jack circled to determine the Scarecrow starting the final of the cages. A flock of little birds was once wheeling round his head, chirping merrily, and he was once waving his one arm, the one who pointed nowhere. “Fly! ” he shouted. “Fly away! ” “Come on, grasp! ” referred to as Jack. “They're all after us now! ” And he dragged the Scarecrow away, and the 2 of them fled as speedy as they can. The cries of anger, the shouts of laughter, the full-throated making a song of the liberated birds all steadily light at the back of them. once they reached the open kingdom back, they stopped. Jack used to be out of breath. The Scarecrow used to be taking a look at himself, attempting to figure out what was once fallacious, after which he cried, “Oh no! My different arm's long past! i am falling to items! ” “Don't fear, grasp, i have considered that. i purchased you a brand new arm—look,” stated Jack, and he slipped the umbrella up the Scarecrow's sleeve, deal with first. “Good gracious,” stated the Scarecrow. “I do believe—I imagine I—yes, certain, i will be able to! examine this! simply examine this, Jack! ” And he shook his new arm, and the umbrella opened. His nice turnip face, with its shiny crimson mouth and black-rimmed eyes, was once radiant. “Aren't I shrewdpermanent! ” he stated, marveling. “Look on the ingenuity of it! It is going up—it comes down—it is going up—it comes down—” “You can preserve the sunlight off us, master,” acknowledged Jack. “And the rain. ” The Scarecrow checked out him proudly. “You'll cross a ways, my boy! ” he acknowledged. “I used to be going to think about these issues in a minute, yet you beat me to it. And what a triumph we had at the degree! We observed every thing they stated at the poster. ” “We did not have the Shipwreck, notwithstanding, or the Eruption of Vesuvius. ” “Oh, we are going to, Jack,” stated the Scarecrow optimistically. “I'm convinced we'll. ” bankruptcy 5 Scarecrow for rent whilst the attorney reached town subsequent morning, he chanced on it jam-packed with unusual rumors. After interviewing Mr. Rigatelli and the actress who performed Queen Dido, who have been either confident that the Scarecrow used to be an automaton managed via mesmeric waves as a part of a plot prepared by way of a rival theater corporation, Mr. Cercorelli chanced on his solution to the aged umbrella salesman. “Yes, I visible it all,” acknowledged the outdated guy. “It was once a boy with a horan-gutang. I noticeable certainly one of 'em prior to. They reside within the timber in Borneo. virtually human they're, yet you would not mistake him pack up. What d'you wish him for? Has he escaped from a zoo? ” “Not exactly,” acknowledged Mr. Cercorelli. “Which method did they cross? ” “That way,” acknowledged the outdated guy, pointing. “You'll realize 'em effortless adequate. They received one among my umbrellas. ” The Scarecrow and his servant walked a ways that day. They spent the evening lower than a hedge by means of an olive grove, and the instant they awakened, Jack knew anything used to be improper. He sat up and seemed throughout. The solar used to be shining, the air smelled of thyme and sage, there has been the sound of little bells round the necks of a herd of goats searching close by; yet whatever used to be lacking. “Master! get up!

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