|Illustration of a toy bird on wheels|
by Ethel Blount, Gifts of St Nicholas: A Study of Toys
|"Roundabout geese" from|
Here is a cross-bow and bolt. You set it, place the bolt and whiz - who knows what you may have hit? And this bow, too, with its arrows that travel so lightly and deviously, this links you with Robin Hood and Little John, and all good men who ever lived under the greenwood tree. It has a long ancestory. The cloth-yard shafts of Senlac were among its forebears, and the arrow-heads of the Stone Age man."