Jack Frost

: Keep-well Stories For Little Folks

Children, do you know who Jack Frost is? Well, he is a frisky little

fellow. He never seems to lose his youth and freshness, although he is

as old as time itself.

When the days grow shorter and the nights get longer, Jack Frost is a

regular busybody--he is here, there, and everywhere. Jack does not make

long visits in the Sunny Southland. The warm sunshine and balmy winds

chase him back to the North, his
ative land.

Jim lives in the North where Jack Frost makes long visits, sometimes

remaining from early autumn until late in the spring. Jim says he likes

Jack Frost and the gay times and sports he brings with him for the

little boys and girls of the North. Jim loves to skate and sleigh ride.

Jack Frost is a mischievous little elf; he skips gaily around while you

are asleep. He peeps into your windows to see if you are tucked snugly

in bed. He dances on the window panes, and covers them with beautiful

crystals that he must have brought from fairyland.

He goes whistling down the street on the wind in the early morning. He

gleefully snips at the noses of the old gentlemen as they step briskly

along to their business.

Jack gives these old folks a bit of his youth as they feel his

frolicsome touch. He makes them think of the days when they were boys,

how they used to run out to meet him with a jump and a skip. He reminds

them of the days long ago, when they made a snow man in the school-yard,

and when they played snowball on the way to and from school. As they

think of these frolics with Jack Frost, each one seems to quicken his

step. Could you look into their eyes you would see how they sparkle with

the memories of youth that Jack Frost has recalled.

He frolics about among the trees. As he touches them with his wand,

their bright green coat is changed to a soft brown one. He tells the

little sleeping buds to lie still. They must not even peep out while he

is in the air.

Jack waves his wand and covers brown Mother Earth with sparkling frost

or downy snow. The little seed babies snuggle close, and whisper to each

other of how good Jack Frost is to cover them from the biting winter

wind with this beautiful warm blanket of snow. This blanket is finer and

warmer than any ever woven by man.

Even after the snow has melted, Jack Frost tells the little seed babies

not to lift their heads from under their blanket of leaves until the

warm spring days wake them.

He shows to the children of the Southland only a few of his pranks; now

and then a beautiful frost that is soon chased back to the North by the

warm sun; sometimes a wonderful snow-storm from the Northwest. How

joyous these children of the Sunny South are when Jack does give them a

touch of old King Winter! There are many children here as old as you,

who have never seen one of Jacks beautiful white blankets.

In the Northland Jack is a very terrible old fellow. There are ice and

snow on the ground for many months. The people build very warm houses to

keep Jack Frost out.

Did you ever think of the little Eskimo boys and girls in their cold

country? They wear clothes made of skins and furs. They live in snow

houses, but they manage to keep warm. The little Eskimo children are

used to the cold, for Jack Frost plays his pranks all the year round in

the land of the long, long nights.

They have great sport going here and there on their snow-shoes, and in

their sleds drawn by their faithful dogs.

In our own Northland, Jack is a very frisky fellow. He touches the lakes

and rivers with his magic wand and covers them with ice. Ah! now comes

the best of fun, for now old Jack Frost is ready for you to have the

finest of sports. You must put on warm clothes and high, heavy shoes and

run out to play with him.

Children who have colds and sore throats can not play. So he says, "Wrap

up warm, come out into the fresh air." Let the pure frosty air get into

your lungs, and sweep out old disease germs that may have hidden there.

Come with me to the pond. The ice is thick and smooth. Put on your

skates and let us go skimming over the ice. You will feel the warm red

blood, made clean and pure by the frosty air, tingling all over your

body. I tell you, Jack Frost is a good friend.

Jack Frost often hurts the poor, pinching too hard their fingers and

toes. So, while you are warmly clad and prepared for a frolic with him,

you must remember there are some children to whom Jack Frost is not such

a welcome friend.

He nips with his cold fingers the insects that do our plants harm. With

his icy breath, he kills many of the germs that would hurt you.

Jack Frost helps to give you health, and health means joy, strength,

happiness and success.


1. Who is Jack Frost, where does he come from?

2. What does he bring?

3. What does he say to the little seed babies and


4. What does he say to the young folks?

5. Who are the Eskimos, where do they live?

6. Of what, and how, do they build their houses?

7. What does Jack Frost do to some of the disease


8. Can you tell me something of the games the

children play in the lands where Jack Frost

visits? In the land where he never comes?