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NOTE TO BOOK ONE.
THE First Book of the HEART OF OAK series is intended for children beginning to learn to read. It is for the nursery as well as for the school. It is for reading to the child as well as for reading by him. The selections are such as may well become part of the stores of the child's memory, being mostly from the traditional stock of rhymes and jingles which have been sung or said by mothers or nurses time out of mind.
In schools the little book is to take the place of a primer, and it may be used with or without an independent spelling-book, according to the skill or the judgment of the teacher. The system of grading adopted in most books for beginning in reading is largely artificial and mechanical; it does not conform to the natural method by which language is acquired, either by the ear or by the eye. The omission of all hard words and of all expressions supposed to be beyond the comprehension of children is needless. Words of varying degrees of difficulty, as well in spelling as in meaning, are learned by the ear, and should be learned by the eye, at the same time. The talk of a child when he begins to learn to read does not consist of only words of one syllable. Many a hard word is familiar to him in use before he sees it in print. His ear may be made the helper of his eye. A good teacher will point out to the child the fact that many a word which has a strange look to him on the page is not strange
to him in his talk. He soon learns how it looks and how to spell it. With intelligent and constant assistance from the teacher the difficulties in learning to read will be much better mastered by this natural method than by the use of any artificial system.
Any child who can read the pieces in the First Book of the HEART OF OAK series will find few difficulties in the Second ; yet in its use the intelligent and ready assistance of the teacher will still be called upon,
The intent of the illustrations is to present in the most direct manner the central idea of the rhyme, and thus to aid the imagination of the child in picturing the incident or situation described. The jingle of the verses will live in the ear-memory, and the simple pictures will recall them to the mind's eye. Mr. Frank T. Merrill, in these drawings, has caught the spirit of the nursery rhymes in an admirable and satisfactory manner,
C. E. NORTON.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
58 58 58
Little Tom Tucker
47 Little Boy Blue 24 Hogs in the garden
47 Little Bo-peep
If all the world were apple-pie 47 Ba-a, ba-a, black sheep
26 Mother Hubbard and her dog Curly locks ! 26 Tom he was a piper's son
51 Mary had a pretty bird 27 The lion and the unicorn
51 The girl in the lane 28 There was an old woman
52 What's the news of the day
28 Mary had a little lamb, Sara J. Hale 52 Willy boy, Willy boy 28 Little Nanny Etticoat
53 Bye, baby bunting 28 Old King Cole
54 Hush a bye baby 29 Cock-a-doodle-doo .
55 The King of France
29 Three little kittens . There was a little girl
Boys and girls come out to play
To kill two birds
30 To have two strings Yankee Doodle 31 The dog and the shadow
59 Handy-spandy, Jack-a-dandy 31
The dog in the manger
59 Sing a song of sixpence . 32 Twelve pears hanging high
60 Pease porridge hot . 33 Hinx, minx !
60 There was a man in our town . 33 Little King Boggen
60 The house that Jack built 34 East, west, home is best .
60 Little Jack Horner .
The man in the wilderness
61 There was a crooked man
Thirty white horses.
61 One misty, moisty morning
I had a little pony
61 I saw an old woman 39 The boy and the wolf
62 Four-and-twenty tailors 40 Simple Simon.
Here am I Robin and Richard.
41 As round as an apple The children sing R. L. Stevenson 41 Sing, song, the days are long Let's go to bed
A needle and thread
65 0, look at the moon! E. Lee Follen 42 Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsey, and Bess 66 Pussy sits behind the log . 43 Bat, bat
66 Needles and pins
43 Bobby Shaftoe's gone to sea There was a little man
The mice, the cat, and the bell
67 I saw a ship a-sailing 45 Arthur O’Bower
68 There was an old woman 45 The mouse and the lion
68 Pease porridge hot .
69 Hark, hark ! Bow-wow.
The goose and the golden eggs 69 W. Shakespeare 46 When I was a bachelor
70 Rain, rain, go away
As like as two peas .
38 38 38
64 64 64 64
83 89 89
Forgive and forget .
70 There was
man and he had naught
71 I love sixpence
71 The fox and the grapes
72 The hare and the tortoise
72 The cat, the ape, and the nuts 73 A man of words
73 London Bridge
74 As I was going to St. Ives As busy as a bee
76 As blind as a bat
76 The frog and the ox
77 Bryan O’Lin
77 Intery, mintery, cutery-corn
78 The fox, the ape, etc. W. Shakespeare 78 Henny-penny ·
79 Poor old Robinson Crusoe
82 Peter Piper
I would if I could
90 Rainbow at night
90 Thirty days hath September
90 Sixty seconds hath a minute
91 How pleasant is Saturday night
91 The golden rule in verse .
91 A great while ago the world begun
W. Shakespeare 91 Cock Robin and Jenny Wren . 92 The burial of poor Cock Robin 99 The fairy tale alphabet A, B, C.