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JOHN HEYWOOD'S MANCHESTER READERS. A NEW Series of Books of rudimentary instruction for Elementary Schools of all grades and classes, specially prepared to suit the requirements of the New CÒDE, and affording the most efficient instruction in Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, for the various standards of examination.

THE READING AND SPELLING LESSONS Will be found of inestimable value, being based upon a perfect system of gradation, and differing in style from any others published. WRITING LESSON3 are introduced in the Primer and the First Book : those in the former being expressly designed for practice on the slate, the letters in the copies being white on black ground.

THE LESSONS IN ARITHMETIC Will be found adapted to the different standards, and an entirely novel feature is the introduction of a series of DRAWING COPIES for slate practice, instead of the inferior woodcuts which are generally found in reading books.

F'cap 8vo, bound in strong cloth. Primer or Elementary Reader 64pp., Price 4d Cheap Edit. 3d. First Book, adapted to Standard I..... 96pp., 6d.

4d. II. .. .. 128pp., 9,

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61. Third III. 160pp., 10d.

7d. Fourth

IV.... 192pp.,
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Vi&VI...224pp.,

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"Any of the books in these series may be recommended us efficient apparatus for elementary schools. In the first of the series there are elementary writing,

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rancod series are very suggestive."

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English Language. JOHN HEYWOOD'S NEW CODE READERS. In Five Books. Designed to supply the requirements of the Education Department for a second Series of Reading Books.

These books are compiled on the principle recommended in the “Instructions to Inspectors,” that books for teaching reading should be of a nature to interest children. The earlier books consist of a number of simple tales specially adapted for the amusement and instruction of the young. Neither spelling, writing, nor arithmetic lessons are introduced, as the object of the New CODE READERS is simply to supply extra rearling matter, and not to take the place of distinct manuals on other subjects of education. In the higher standards the books are varied in nature, and made up of lessons on subjects calculated to excite the interest of the children, while conveying to them valuable information. The lessons are carefully graduated, so that cach standard is perceptibly more difficult than the previous one. Pieces of poetry are interspersed throughout, and care has been taken to exclude from each book any extracts which would be difficult of comprehension to the child in the particular standard.

The compiler, impressed with the conviction that every series of reading books must finally stand or fall upon the simple issue whether they are found successful in teaching children to read, has striven to attain this object throughout, and it is hoped that by making these books interesting, instructive, and carefully graduated, the work of the teachers in securing fluency in reading may be greatly facilitated.

F'cap 8vo, bound in strong cloth. First Book, adapted to Standard I...................

Price 6d. Second

8d. Third

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100. Fourth

1s. Ou. Fifth

V. & VI.. ...........224 pp., ls. 2d. We bave now before us a new set of Readers intended for instruction 11 acordance with the first, second, and third standards of the New Code of 1872 ; for Mr. Heywood watches the frequent changes in the require. ments of the elementary educational system of the day, and seeks to be prepared at every point. There is abundant variety in the series, and for engaging and wholesome reading, passing from grade to grade, they are unexceptional.-School Board Chronicle, July, 1872.

“ As far as the subject-matter of the lessons is concerned, they appear on the whole well chosen and judicious."- Educational Times, July, 1872.

“Books 1, 2, 3. These are three plain and useful books, well printed and strongly bound.”—Educational Reporter, Aug. 30, 1872.

“Is well arranged, and consists of extracts from our standard writers on English History, with such introductory and explanatory notes to each chapter as appear to be needed,"— Rock, September 14, 1872.

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English Language.

READING BOOKS. The Historic Reader (DIVISIONS I, and II.), F'cap 8vo. Division 1., 240 pages.

Division Il., 240 pages. Cloth, ls. 6d. each. The Historic Reader comprises a series of selections from various histories and other works by writers of acknowledged merit. Division 1. comprehends the period of English History which extends from the Invasion of Britain by Julius Cæsar to the death of Queen Elizabeth ; while Division II. embraces that which extends from the accession of James I. to the present time. One, and in some cases two or three important events or subjects, relating to the general state of society and the condition of the people, have been selected for illustration in each reign; and each passage illustrative of the event, &c., chosen, has been taken from the pages of a writer of eminence. In order to maintain the chain of history unbroken from beginning to end, an Historical Epitome of the events of each reign has been prefixed to the selected portion of history in immediate connection with the reign. The epitomes are written in such a manner that they may serve the double purpose of Reading Lessons and à Chronological Summary of Events; and thus while the Historic Reader, chiefly valuable for the selected reading lessons that it contains, is in no way intended to serve as a substitute for any existing school history of England, it will serve as a sufficient remembrancer of the principal events in our country's story, when no school history better adapted for the purpose is at hand. In a word, although it is a collection of historic pictures of different scenes and events selected from different authors, the chain of history is preserved unbroken throughout the entire period over which these pictures are spread, from B.C. 55 to A.D. 1872. Although many of the selections have been abridged and slightly altered in some places from the originals, no liberty has been taken

with the text that was not absolutely necessary. “This 'Historic Reader' is a happy idea, well worked out. The editor calls the chief historians of Great Britain to the front, one by one, lets each speak for himself on some great event or apoch, and links all the passages together by an explanatory chronological chain. * *

We see several advantages in a book like this. In some measure it meets the objections of those who fear to give a party bias to our annals, and the pupil will learn to feel, by the very change of style and treatment, that now one author is speaking and now another, and that between them there is room for discrimination and independent thought on the part of the reader. Moreover, there is literary culture and literary knowledge in this method of becoming introduced to history. Altogether, the Manchester Historic Reader' is a pleasing and satisfactory novelty.”—School Board, Chronicle, Oct. 5, 1872.

“The idea of the book is good, and is well carried out. In this volume is comprised 'a series of selections from various histories, by writers of acknowledged reputation, extending from the invasion of Britain by Julius Cæsar to the death of Queen Elizabeth.'"-Educational

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