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The authors acknowledge their indebtedness for the use of
copyrighted material to Messrs. Houghton Mifflin Company for
“A Brave Little Mother" from First Book of Birds by Olive
Thorne Miller, for “Spring" by Celia Thaxter, and for “ Člouds”
and “Daisies" by Frank Dempster Sherman; to the Century
Company for “I Know a Little Maiden” and There's a Ship on
the Sea" by Mary Mapes Dodge; to the American Book Com-
pany for “Work,” from A Child's Reader in Verse (Copyright,
1911, by Emma L. Eldridge); to the Milton Bradley Company
for "The Little Gray Pony," from Mother Stories by Maud Lind-
say, and for “A True Pigeon Story," from In the Child's World
by Emilie Poulsson.



LIKE the Primer and First Reader of this series, the Kendall Second Reader is grounded on a continued story — not this time the story of a single family, but one which includes more than a dozen children of all ages from two to ten.

It is a vacation story based on a jolly organization called “The Good Times Club,” the activities of which, under the helpful guidance of Mrs. Allan, its founder and best friend, are varied and interesting. Story-telling, games, cookery, picnics, gardening, entertainments; — these are but a few of the club's occupations, which are all such as Second Grade children might experience.

The literature of the book is made a part of the games and entertainments; and to make sure that it is sufficiently represented, Part II of the reader is given up wholly to stories and poems that are school favorites of the various club members.

The fact that the Good Times Club carries on its activities through the summer months makes the Second Reader peculiarly suitable for use at the beginning of the school year, when the thoughts of children are turning “with solemn backward looks” to the pleasures of their recently concluded vacation. Here is a storybook for them which parallels their own immediate past. The work of preparation has been done by experience itself. The teacher's task is merely to conserve and develop ideas which are already in the forefront of the children's minds.

The Second Reader is designed to be the basal textbook for Grade Two. Not only the continued story, but the literature, both prose and poetry, are suited to this grade, while the vocabulary and methods of presentation have been planned with special reference to the mental development of the normal child of seven.

Detailed helps in the presentation of the book, and the necessary phonetic material, may be found in the Manual “Teaching How to Read,” which accompanies the Primer and early readers of the Kendall series.


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