In Storm In The Village chapter 12, Miss Read remembers this quote while listening to Miss Crabbe and Miss Jackson discuss their educational theories.

The line is from the story Brer Fox Tackles Brer Tarrypin, which appeared in Uncle Remus: His songs and his sayings by Joel Chandler Harris (1845 - 1908), published in 1881 by D. Appleton & Company.

The book was illustrated by Frederick S. Church and James H. Moser.