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BOOK SIX

COMPILED AND ARRANGED

BY

SHERMAN WILLIAMS

NEW YORK STATE INSTITUTE CONDUCTOR

DEPARTMENT O DUESTION
LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY

REVISED AND ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK :: CINCINNATI :- CHICAGO
AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY

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PREFACE

CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER once said, “To teach a child to read, and not teach it what to read, is to put a dangerous weapon into its hands.”

Mr. Warner also said, “Good literature is as necessary to the growth of the soul as good air is to the growth of the body, and it is just as bad to put weak thought into a child's mind, as to shut it up in an unventilated room.”

Many children of the grade in which this volume should be used are having their last year in school. See to it that they acquire the reading habit before leaving. To help you in this many standard authors are quoted and their best writings given in this volume. Glance at the Table of Contents and see the noted names. Scott, Shakespeare, Fiske, Whittier, Lamb, Ingelow, Shelley, Moore, Browning, Beecher, Lowell, Stedman, Cary, Bryant, Burns, Addison, Kingsley, Emerson, Drake, Webster, Poe, Goldsmith, Milton, Tennyson, Austin, Henry, Irving, and many others, and not a selection that will not be enjoyed by some of your pupils if they have been trained to love reading.

A great variety is offered to suit differing tastes and to give a wide outlook upon the field of literature. Certain work should be followed all through the school course. Pupils should memorize and recite good literature. Perhaps no better list of selections for such work has been made than that found in the elementary syllabus published by the state of New York. Those selections

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