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LIPPINCOTT'S SCHOOL TEXT SERIES
EDITED BY WILLIAM F. RUSSELL, Ph. D.
The immortal Mr. Dooley has declared that “you can lead a boy to college, but you can't make him think.'
The object of these little books is to make children think about health, for while it may be “never too late to mend” bad health habits, it is never too early to form good ones.
Health cannot be forced from without; it must be fostered from within. It is not enough for us to provide our children with proper food, clothe them suitably and keep them clean. We must also give them an intelligent understanding of the hows and whys underlying the laws of hygiene, and must impart to them the contagion of our own enthusiasm for health.
Therefore I have sought, in these informal talks with “Ruth and Paul,” not to convey the maximum number of facts, but to arouse the maximum degree of interest. Facts may be quickly forgotten, but interest, once fully aroused, never quite dies.
Many a boy or girl lives like a boarder in his own home, totally unfamiliar with its workings, totally uninterested in its healthful or unhealthful regime. This is especially true in this ready-made age. THE PLAY HOUSE is an attempt to show how delightful an adventure is the making of a simple, healthful, happy home, and how closely the making of such a home is bound up with the health and character of its makers and members.