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The Marriage Gift Book and Bridal Token. By written in a natural and graphic style, and

JABEZ BURNS, D.D., Author of the “Pulpit their publication cannot fail to be productive Cyclopædia.” London: Houlston and Wright. of much good. The office of Guardian" is

This book needs no commendation. It is a one from which many men shrink, but the treasury of literature for the newly married. writer of this book gives us ample evidence Poets, Moralists, Biographers, Philosophers,

that when its duties are conscientiously disand Divines have been laid under contribution charged, it opens a very extensive field of In addition to numerous papers on the recipro- usefulness to the Christian Philanthropist. cal duties and enjoyments of married life, Dr. "Sketches of the Poor” will be very useful in Burns has gathered a mass of information parish lending libraries. respecting the marriage rites and customs of Short Stories to explain Bible Texts. By M. H. different ages and people. He also gives us a Edinburgh: Johnstone, Hunter, and Co. portrait gallery of justly celebrated wives ;

The best little Sunday reading book for a and he adds, in conclusion, a selection of the

New Year's gift to the young that we have seen "Table Talk” of great and illustrious men on

this season. the subject of woman. We can only say it is just the book for the “occasion."

Rosa Lindesay, the Light of Kilmain. By M. H. Dick Ennis, the Village Schoolboy. Edinburgh.

Edinburgh: Johnstone, Hunter, and Co. William Oliphant and Co.

By the same author, and equally deserving

of commendation. It is suited for elder A well-drawn-out lesson on the sin of steal.

daughters. ing. Charlotte and her Enemy. Edinburgh: W.

Little Pansy: a Story of the School Life of a

Minister's Orphan Daughter. Edinburgh : Oliphant and Co.

W. Oliphant and Co. Far superior in tone and character to most books of this class. It is especially suited for

A good story for school girls. young people who are disposed to be “indolent.” Newlyn House, the Home of the Davenports. By

A. E. W. Edinburgh : Johnstone, Hunter, The Lycee Boys; or, School Life in France. By

and Co. ROBERT HOPE MONCRIEFF. Edinburgh : William Oliphant and Co.

This also will make an attractive present. We fear some true pictures of school life are

Many important home lessons are admirably

enforced. delineated in this book, but we are not sure

We can thoroughly recommend that it is wise to give them publicity.

· Newlyn House" for the Home Library.

The Book of Birthdays; or, Anniversary Poetry Infant Amusements ; or, How to make a Nursery

of Human Life. London: Darton and Co. Happy. With practical Hints to Parents and Nurses on the Moral and Physical Training

As a collection of anniversary poetry never

The of Children. By WILLIAM H. G. KINGSTON.

before brought together in a volume, London: Griffith and Farran.

Book of Birthdays” is at once curious and of We wish to call particular attention to this

permanent value.

In addition to poetry, a

considerable amount of “Table Talk" is introbook. The reform of the nursery is as important as the reform of the nation-in a higher

duced, and some very interesting reminiscences

are given. We should like to find space for a sense than the political; and the counsels and suggestions offered by Mr. Kingston, if adopted selves with the following :

few extracts this month, but must content ourand put into action, would speedily bring about, in many instances, a most desirable

“Mrs. Hannah More died at eighty-nine--decaying

almost imperceptibly amidst works of usefulnesschange. We urge parents most strongly to obtain this work forthwith. We know of no

writing, at the age of eighty, her Spirit of Prayer – book of the kind that can compare with it in

the happiest of happy voices from the dark valley

and calmly dying of old age, eighty-three or eighty. practical value. It is a multum in

“ How

four years after that birthday when she was enrapto keep a Nursery Happy;” “The Nursery tured to receive for a present, a whole quire of paper, Gymnasium;" “ Games to afford Exercise;" on which to pen her childish compositions in prose and Amusements requiring Materials or Toys;" “Out-of-door Games;" “ Tales ;” “Songs with

The Playfellow, and other Stories. By Mrs. S. Music;” “How to make the Sunday happy;" C. HALL. London: T. Nelson and Sons. “Prayers and Hymns for very little Children” -these are some of the heads of chapters, and

The Way of the World, and other Stories. By

Mrs. S. C. HALL. London: T. Nelson and each chapter is worth the price of the book.

Sons. Sketches of the Poor. By a Retired Guardian.

These tales are thoroughly practical, and London : William Hunt and Co.

evince the closest observation of the fireside Another series of chapters from life added circle on the part of their gifted author. to the “Simple Annals of the Poor.” We Parents may read them with as much profit as have been exceedingly interested in these our sons and daughters. “Little Ears," • Sketches by a Retired Guardian," and we we have extracted from “The Way of the hope they will be very widely read. They are World,” will furnish a fair specimen.



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Merry and Wise. Edited by OLD MERRY. 1866. Beechenhurst. By A. G., Author of “ Among

London: Jackson, Walford, and Hodder. the Mountains, “ Mabel and Cora,” &c. For a Christmas or New Year's Gift to "the London: James Nisbet and Co. young people who are home for the holidays," The author of " Heera and Motee' needs no it would be difficult to find any more attractive introduction to the readers of Our Own FIREthan “Merry and Wise.” The Annual deserves SIDE. It would be out of place for us to dwell its title, and we must add its cover, which is upon her special qualifications as a writer of saying a great deal in its favour.

tales, thoroughly interesting without being Papers for the Times. London: W. Hunt sensational. We will only say that “Beechen

hurst" evinces the author's high sense of the and Co.

important religious and moral influence which Five telling addresses given by the Rev. J. healthy toned fiction unquestionably exerts; Bardsley, the Rev, J. Richardson, the Rev. W.

and we do not think a more attractive “fire. Cadman, the Rev. J. Venn, and the Rev. J. C.

side” story for the home circle could be found Ryle. Dealing with questions of peculiar in- for Christmas reading. terest at the present time, the widest circulation is desirable for these Protestant papers. “The My Father's Hand; and other Stories and Lord's Day-its Divine Authority and Per. Allegories for the Young. By Mrs. CAREY petual Obligation,” by the Rev. W. Cadman, BROCK. London: Seeley, Jackson, and is a powerful summary of Scriptural testimony; Halliday. and in “Foreign Missions—the Measure of The name of the author is the best passport their Claim on the Church's attention,” the for this book. It is all we could wish a book Rev. John Venn has presented facts aad con- for the young to be. “Charity Helstone,” Mrs. siderations which, if they are duly pondered, Brock's last tale, has, we observe, reached a must quicken the zeal of all who are engaged fourth thousand. This should be increased in mission work.

tenfold. An Antidote to the Teaching of certain Anglo

The Knights of the Frozen Sea: A Narrative of Catholics concerning Worshipping Eastward,

Arctic Discovery and Adventure. By the “Altar” Adoration, Clerical Sacerdotalism,

Author of “Harry Lawton's Adventures." Baptism and the “Real Presence,” with an

London : Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday. Exposure of the Assumption that their Religion is “The Bible interpreted by the

A capital book, giving a very full and inteChurch.” By the Rev. JOHN HARRISON,

resting account of all the expeditions to the Pitsmoor, Sheffield. London: Longman,

Arctic Regions. Those who are interested in Green, and Co.

the sketch given in Our Own FIRESIDE, this This treatise has a long title, but the title

month, of Sir John Franklin's heroic efforts to really tells us what the treatise proposes to do,

discover the North-West Passage, will do well and what it really does. We wish we could

to order “ The Knights of the Frozen Sea.” influence some layman who loves the Scriptural Washed Ashore; or, The Tower of Stormount Church of England, to order a still cheaper Bay. By Wm. H. G. KINGSTON. London: edition of this “Antidote," and send it to all

Jackson, Walford, and Hodder. the clergy in the land. The author, we see, is preparing a most important work, to be en. titled “ Whose are the Fathers?” The purpose

British lads; and Mr. Kingston is the prince is to show that the teaching of the Ritualists

of sea-story-tellers. “Washed Ashore” is full and Semi-Romanists on the Church and its

of interesting and exciting narrative, and the

moral which adorns the tale points to the Ministry, is contrary alike to the Holy Scrip

Bible as the sailor's best chart for time and for tures, to the fathers of the first six centuries,

eternity. The illustrations and getting-up of and to those of the Reformed Church of

this book are A 1. England. We hope to introduce this volume to our readers shortly.

Picture Teaching for Children : particularly Words of Pardon and Hope. By the Author of

designed for the use of the Deaf and Dumb. “Consolation. London: W. Macintosh.

By J. B. Edited by the Rev. SAMUEL Earnest and awakening appeals to different

SMITH, Chaplain of the Association in Aid

of the Deaf and Dumb, London. London: classes. The arrangement is excellent-large

James Nisbet and Co. type texts, briefly explained and illustrated, closing with a suitable hymn. Well adapted

This little book carries out the compiler's for parish distribution.

intentions, expressed in the paper on “The

Cry of the Dumb" in vol. ii. of OUR OWN Pleasant Rhymes for Little Readers. By JOSE

FIRESIDE, page 398. We are very glad the PHINE, Author of “Our Children's Pets." London: Houlston and Wright.

plan is so extended as to include children

generally. It is a most attractive book of Some of the rhymes are "pleasant,” but picture teaching, and it is evidently the result some are far otherwise : e.g., “Lost Bobby; or, of the experimental knowledge of a practical The Broadstairs Tragedy."


is Sea stories will never lose their charm with

Charles Lorraine; or, The Young Soldier. By Little Susy's Little Servants. By her Aunt Mrs. SHERWOOD.

Susan. London: T. Nelson and Sons. The Story of Little Henry and his Bearer Boosy.

An admirable idea, admirably worked out. By Mrs. SHERWOOD.

Aunts who want to win little hearts cannot do Emma and her Nurse. By Mrs. CAMERON. London : Houlston and Wrig

better than give this book. The type will

tempt children to try to read it for them. It is simply necessary to call attention to

selves; and the illustrations are exceedingly these new and copyright editions of old-esta- good. blished favourites. The publishers state that upwards of 250,000 copies of the copyright The Ear and the Eye; or, A New Way to Try. edition of “Little Henry” have been sold, A Picture Primer in Rhyme. London: Ť. besides large numbers of pirated and imperfect

Nelson and Sons. copies. Mrs. Cameron's tales have also reached Childish rather than childlike. a circulation of 70,000 copies. We can only say, if the books have not been read by our Words to Spell and Read as well. London: young friends, they ought to be. The new

T. Nelson and Sons. editions are well illustrated.

We can strongly recommend this primer. Christianity among the New Zealanders. By the Right Rev. WILLIAM WILLIAMS, D.C.L.,

Picture Books of Natural History painted in Bishop of Waiapu. With Six Illustrations.

Oil Colours. Packets A and B. London: London Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday.

T. Nelson and Sons. A most satisfactory answer to the cavils of

Picture Books beautifully executed. For those who do nothing but cavil—who would New Year's gifts, these should be greatly in have us believe that it has been a mistake to request. think of civilizing and bringing over to Chris

Power in Weakness : Memorials of the Rev. tianity a race of savages, doomed by the Almighty (if their practice interprets the Divine

William Rhodes. By CHARLES STANFORD,

Author of " Central Truths," &c. London: purpose) to be shut up in utter ignorance. The

Jackson, Walford, and Hodder. Bishop of Waiapu publishes the work to “show that those who embarked in missionary labours

A gem of Christian biography. Illustrates in New Zealand have not failed in that which

“How sublime a thing it is they undertook, and are ready to challenge a

To suffer and be strong." fair and calm investigation into the history of It is long since we have met with “memorials” their proceedings.” The book is deeply inte- more deeply interesting or instructive. We resting from beginning to end.

counsel our readers to order it at once. Words Old and New: or, Gems from the Chris- Sketches in Town, Country, and Home. By H. D. tian Authorship of all Ages. Selected by

London : James Nisbet and Co. HORATIUS BONAR, D.D. London: James

Pious in tone, and likely to promote the Nisbet and Co.

growth of home affections. A library in a volume-extracts, truly gems,” from two hundred writers--and the

Tales of my Sunday Scholars. By Mrs. SCOTT. selection made by Dr. Bonar. Space forbids

Edinburgh : W. Oliphant and Co. a longer notice; but we can truly say, a book

A good book for Sunday-school prizes. containing greater treasures has rarely been

Short Lessons on the Parables of our Lord. in our hands.

London: W. Macintosh. The Draytons and the Davenants ; a Story of Reprinted, with additions, from the "Sunday

the Civil Wars. By the Author of “Chro. Teachers' Treasury.” Well adapted for Bible nicles of the Schönberg-cotta Family." classes, in the school or in the home. London: T. Nelson and Sons. The announcement of the issue of this book

The Tribute of Science to Revealed History.

London: must suffice to induce all our readers who

By J. W. HARRIS, F.R. A.S.

W. Macintosh. possess the other works of the gifted author, to add "The Draytons and the Davenants”

A very thoughtful treatise. The diffident to their libraries. Those who have not read spirit in which the writer urges his conclusions her former tales, should order this, and we

will give them additional weight with candid

minds. think they will soon order all.


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