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Henry: These books, they all look exactly like my storybook.
Violet: They're magic. What are they doing in New York?
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Once Upon a Time Volume II[1] is a book featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the twenty-second episode of the fifth season.


After Third Curse

During Henry and Violet's quest to erase magic for good, they follow a clue from Neal's journal to the the New York Public Library, where they find innumerable storybooks. Henry notices each of them look the same as his own storybook and opens once called Once Upon a Time Volume II, which contains stories different from his. After looking through all of the storybooks, he and Violet do not find anything in them about how to destroy magic. ("Only You")

David tries to maintain order by directing the Land of Untold Stories residents to food and shelter in the diner and inn. This causes unrest among the newcomers until Regina welcomes them to Storybrooke. Holding the storybook, she tells them to not be fearful of their stories playing out because she will brave the unknown with them. Henry then attempts to use the book to discover a stranger's name, however, the man tells him that he isn't important enough to have his own story. ("A Bitter Draught")

As Emma, Henry and Hook attempt to find Ashley, Emma mentions her knack for finding people by trying to decipher their stories. Henry realizes the storybook can tell them how Ashley's stepsister Clorinda's story was supposed to end, and this will reveal Ashley's location. They manage to track down Ashley and Clorinda at the Storybrooke Pumpkin Farm. ("The Other Shoe")


On-Screen Notes


"Captain Nemo took the altitude of the sun."


From Stories of Don Quixote: Written Anew for Children.


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Paul Bunyan was a hero of North America's lumberjacks,
the workers who cut down trees. He was known for his
strength, speed and skill. Tradition says he
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cleared forests from the northeastern United States
to the Pacific Ocean.
Many years ago, Paul Bunyan was born in the
northeastern American state of Maine. His mother and father were shocked
when they first saw the boy. Paul was so
large at birth that five large birds had to carry him to his
parents. When the boy was only a few weeks old, he
weighed more than forty-five kilograms.
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As a child, Paul was always
hungry. His parents needed tens cows
to supply milk for his meals. Before
long, he ate fifty eggs and ten containers of potatoes
every day.
Young Paul grew so big that his parents
did not know what to do with him.
Once, Paul rolled over so much in his sleep that he
caused an earthquake.
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  2. Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift: Part I: A Voyage to Lilliput. Chapter I.. University of Adelaide. Archived from the original on September 14, 2015. Retrieved on January 15, 2019. “I was extremely tired, and with that, and the heat of the weather, and about half a pint of brandy that I drank as I left the ship, I found myself much inclined to sleep. (...)”
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  4. Project Gutenberg's Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (slightly abridged), by Jules Verne. Project Gutenberg. Retrieved on September 22, 2020. “CHAPTER XIX: TORRES STRAITS. (...) Captain Nemo looked at me curiously, and made a negative gesture, as much as to say that nothing would force him to set foot on terra firma again. Then he said: (...)” (This eBook contains the text that appears in the storybook)
  5. The Project Gutenberg eBook, 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas, by Jules Verne, Translated by Frederick Paul Walter, Illustrated by Milo Winter. Project Gutenberg. Retrieved on September 22, 2020. “CHAPTER 20. The Torres Strait. (...) Captain Nemo gave me an odd look and gestured no. Which told me pretty clearly that nothing would ever force him to set foot on a land mass again. Then he said: (...)” (Note: This eBook contains a different text than the one that appears in the storybook, because it has a different translator)
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  7. The Water Babies, by Charles Kingsley: Chapter IV. University of Adelaide. Archived from the original on September 14, 2015. Retrieved on January 15, 2019. “But the professor had gone, I am sorry to say, even further than that; for he had read at the British Association at Melbourne, Australia, in the year 1999, a paper which assured every one who found himself the better or wiser for the news, that there were not (...)”
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  9. Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes: Chapter VIII.. University of Adelaide. Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. Retrieved on January 15, 2019. “(...) ourselves, for look there, friend Sancho Panza, where thirty or more monstrous giants present themselves, all of whom I mean to engage in battle and slay, and with whose spoils we shall begin to make our fortunes; (...)”
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  12. CHAD LEWIS ILLUSTRATION. Chad Lewis. Retrieved on November 3, 2019.
  13. Such as this web page, which is part of a website about helping children learn:
    The Story of Paul Bunyan. Loving2Learn. Retrieved on January 15, 2019.
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    The following is the excerpt in its entirety, with the few words that are seen in the storybook set in bold:

    "Two white pigeons came in through the kitchen window,
    and then the turtledoves, and finally all the birds beneath
    the sky came whirring and swarming in, and
    lit around the ashes. The pigeons nodded their heads and began to
    pick, pick, pick, pick. And the others also began to
    pick, pick, pick, pick. They gathered all the good grains
    into the bowl. Hardly one hour had passed before they
    were finished, and they all flew out again."

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