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EDITOR OF

THE GRADUATED SERIES OF READING-LESSON BOOKS, ETO.

LONDON:
.LONGMAN, GREEN, LONGMAN AND ROBERTS

1863.

MEMORANDUM.

Revised Code.
STANDARD III.

READING. A short paragraph from an elementary reading book used in the school.

· WRITING. A sentence from the same paragraph, slowly read once, and

then dictated in single words.

ARITHMETIC. A sum in any simple rule as far as short division (inclusive).

PREFACE TO THE THIRD READER

As The present volume does not, perhaps, speak for itself with the same clearness as the two preceding ones, a few words in explanation of its precise aim and object may be necessary. While it appeals to the general nature and universal sympathies of children, as the entire series attempts to do, it has this specialty, that it addresses itself to the cultivation of the observative faculties in particular. For this the material which the Editor has selected—Stories of Animals—appears eminently suitable The same subject, under the more ambitious title of Natural History, has of late years taken a conspicuous place in every elementary course of instruction. But the too technical form in which the written (no less than the oral) lessons on this branch have generally been cast, has greatly limited their usefulness. Apart from the question whether, in the rudimentary stage of his progress in a science such as Natural History, the pupil should be required at all to master minute classifications, &c., it seems clear that the first indispensable condition is the awakening of a ; vital interest in the subject. It is hoped that the present little volume" will aid in fulfilling this condition. If it does more—if, besides exciting a spirit of curiosity and inquiry, it calls forth in children kindly feelings towards the brute creation, another result will have been attained, the importance of which will be undervalued by no one who appreciates the meaning and ultimate purpose of education.

*** Among the various works to which the editor is indebted for materials for lessons, Schmid's 100 Tales, Translated by the Rev. F. B. Wells, (Bosworth and Harrison), merits special mention.

CONTENTS

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Kindness to Animals .

The Talkative Parrot. . 46

Yes, I love each living thing 6 The Dog and the Whip , 48

The Lame Dog. .

To a Hedge-Sparrow. ..

Little Hearts

The Disobedient Kitten .

A Faithful Dog . . .

A Shrewd Dog. ..

The Bear and the Kettle . 10 The Faithful Raven .

Robinion Crusoe and his Parrot 101 Keeper and His Guests

Lady Bird ..

12

Praise

The Funny Monkey. 13 A Trustful Dog .

The Man and the White Bear

A Sensible Dog .

The Hen and her Chicks . 14

first Rabbit

The Sparrow

16 The Beetle

The Dog and the Tarts . 17 A Smart Terrier

The Blind Man's Friend . 18 To A Fly . . . . . 59

The Little Dog . . . 19 Mischievous Cherry

59

The Self-Willed Pig . . A Clever Dog .
The Wolf and the Fox . 21 A Quarrelsome Dog. ..
The Dog that was not Mad . Tommy Lark .
Tommy and the Pig . . 25 Life of a Cat, Written by

Spring . . . .

Herself. . . .

The Dutiful Dog . . The Mouse's Petition . . 70

The Rat with the Bell.

Sylvia and Capriole . . 71

The Guinea Hen and her The Snail . .

Foster Children . .

A Loving Pair of Swallows .

The Hen and her Ducks . 31 The Faithful Bird . .

A visit to the Zoological Gar-

The Two Robins. . .

dens . . . .

The Winter Robin

The Foolish Mouse . 35 The Dangerous Terrier .
The Naughty Little Spider . 36 The Little Sparrow .

Little Birdie .

38 Humility. . . .

A Little Boy Finds a Nest . 39 A Courageous Horse . .

The Robin : .. ..

41 A Generous Bantam Cock ..

The Sly Cat and the Simple

The Cock and the Fox .

Mouse . . . .

| The Fatherly Dorking : ....

85

The Robins . . . 44 The Captive Squirrel's Petition 86

Answer to a Child's Question 46 The Robin's Foundlings : 87

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