The fairy tale nature of this story is established right away with the appearance of Nana, the dog that thinks and acts like a determined, fussy human nanny. From then on, elements like the face at the window, the captured shadow and the ball of bouncing light all serve both as concrete indications of the kind of story being told and also as foreshadowing of the exciting, magical things to come.
On the trail of the pirates, stealing noiselessly down the war- path, which is not visible to inexperienced eyes, come the redskins, every one of them with his eyes peeled. They carry tomahawks and knives, and their naked bodies gleam with paint and oil. Strung around them are scalps, of boys as well as of pirates, for these are the Piccaninny tribe, and not to be confused with the softer-hearted Delawares or the Hurons. In the van, on all fours, is Great Big Little Panther, a brave of so many scalps that in his present position they somewhat impede his progress. Bringing up the rear, the place of... [continues]
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