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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.


In the Meadow....

Selected 115

The River

Samuel G. Goodrich 116

The Clouds

Selected 117

The Dew ..

Selected 118

Rain in Summer .

W. C. Bennett 119

Summer Shower.

Emily Dickinson I 20

A Song of Clover..

“ Saxe Holm”


Frank Dempster Sherman

What the Burdock was Good for .

Selected I 22

Lily's Ball

Fun and Earnest 124

Pansy Song.

Selected 125

The Lily of the Valley.

Percival 126

A Child to a Rose

Poems for a Child 127


Selected 128


Susan Coolidge 128

Great-Grandmother's Garden

M. J. Jacques 130

The Poppy ...

. Jane Taylor 131

Chorus of the Flowers ...

Lucy Wheelock 131

Fashions at the Court of Queen Flora.

Lydia Hoyt Farmer 133

Who Was She?...

Selected 135

The Butterfly



The Butterfly's Lesson.

Selected 137

The Grasshopper

The Independent 139

The Song of the Bee

Marian Douglass 140

The Busy Bee ......

Isaac Watts 141

The Mocking-bird's Song.

J. R. Drake 142


Alice Cary 144

Out-of-door Arithmetic

Selected 144

Letting the Old Cat Die

Selected 145

The Spider and the Fly.

Mary Howitt 147

O Lark of the Summer Morning

From the Japanese 150

The Peacock....

. Songs for the Little Ones at Home 150

Nursery Song

Mrs. Carter 151

In the Swing..

Eudora S. Bumstead 153

Good-night and Good-morning

Lord Houghton 154

The Bank.swallow's ..

Selected 155

Three o'Clock in the Morning

R. S. Palfrey 157

Who Stole the Bird's Nest?

Lydia Maria Child 158

The Peter-bird

Henry Thompson Stanton 160

A Fable ......

.Popular Educator 162

The Birds' Lawn Party

Child Garden 163

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