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CHOICE READING FOR SCHOOLS.

The Normal Course in Reading.

By Miss Emma J. TODD, Formerly Training Teacher in Aurora, II., Public

Schools, and W. B. Powell, A.M., Supt. Schools, Washington, D.C. A complete system of Reading, comprising six readers, three

alternate readers, and Primary Reading Charts. The Rational Method in Reading.

By EDWARD G. WARD, Associate Supt. Public Instruction, Brooklyn, N.Y. Sight and phonetic reading combined : Readers, Manual of In

struction, and Phonetic Cards. The Young Folks' Library.

Edited by Larkin DUNTON, LL.D., Head Master Boston Normal School. STORIES OF CHILD LIFE : four volumes.

THE WORLD AND ITS PEOPLE : eight volumes (including two in preparation). Twilight Stories.

By ELIZABETH E. FOULKE. A collection of charming original stories and poems, fully illustrated, for lower primary grades.

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TO MY NIECE

Margaret

Speak to the children, Little Book,

And bring to them happy hours; Teach them to find in every verse

God's message in the flowers,
His loving care of beast and bird,

His wonders in the deep,
His patience in His perfect work,

His care o'er all who sleep;
And learn from all His teachings true
How much a little child can do.

M. I. L

PREFACE.

THE

HE object of nature study is twofold: first, to

arouse and cultivate the habit of observation; and, second, to impress the facts thus acquired upon the mind and the memory. What more delightful medium than verse for transmitting the beauties of nature to the awakened perceptions of childhood ?

Children are natural lovers of poetry; its musical rhythm pleases the ear, its charm of expression stimulates the imagination, and they are easily led to search for the deeper beauty of meaning.

The need of a nature-poetry reader for the lower school grades has long been felt, and it was to meet this obvious want that the present volume has been compiled. It is intended to cover the first four years of school work, and the selections have been carefully graded with a view to adapting them to the varying ages and needs of those who will use the book. A division has been made into Songs of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, and under each head will be found a wide range of selections, from the simple rhymes suited to the younger readers, to more elaborate poems such as older pupils can easily read and comprehend.

The scheme of nature study, as outlined in the school work of the year, has been carefully followed. Plants, flowers, insects, birds, clouds and wind, rain and snow, and other phenomena, form the subject of diverse poems by different authors, and the teacher will find no difficulty in selecting such as are best suited to her grade, and to the lesson in hand.

Though primarily intended for school use, it is believed that the volume will prove no less attractive for children in the home. The poems are largely by the best English and American authors, and will bear frequent reading; while the memorizing of them will afford lasting pleasure and profit to their young readers.

The copyrighted material is used by permission of and by arrangement with Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Roberts Bros., D. Appleton and Co., Harper and Bros., The Century Co., Lothrop Publishing Co., Charles Scribner's Sons, Kindergarten Publishing Co., Educational Publishing Co., and the publishers of the Youth's Companion, Independent, New England Magazine, and Ladies' Home Journal, to all of whom the compiler desires to make cordial acknowledgment for their courtesy and good will. Her thanks are also gratefully extended to the authors who so graciously granted permission for the use of their poems, and whose kindly letters have been a source of gratification and encouragement. That the book into which so much good thought has been incorporated may awaken in children a true love of the beautiful in nature, and a reverence for its Creator, is the earnest desire of the compiler.

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