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IN TWO PARTS
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
NEW YORK ::. CINCINNATI ::: CHICAGO
LIBRARY OF THE LELAND STANFORD JR. UNIVERSITY.
Copyright, 1888, by HARPER & BROTHERS.
In entering upon the publication of a new series of School Readers the publishers desire to call attention to some of the features which distinguish these books from others of their kind, and which they believe will commend them to all progressive educators :
1st. They have been prepared with special reference to the practical work of the schoolroom. The pages are not encumbered with useless matter. Whatever would be likely to divert the attention of the child from the chief object in view—that of learning to read — has been omitted, or relegated to its proper place.
2d. These books contain a larger amount of reading matter than the corresponding numbers of any other series in general use; in the variety and interest of their lessons they are unsurpassed; their gradation is perfect; they form a complete, unbroken series; the necessity of “supplementary ” Readers is avoided, and desirable uniformity as regards both matter and method is secured.
3d. The reading lessons have been prepared with a view towards cultivating a taste for the best style of literature as regards both thought and expression. While adapting these lessons to the understanding of children, care has been taken to avoid the opposite extreme—that of overmuch simplifying. It is desirable rather to improve the child's intellectual capacity by giving him lessons a little in advance of his present attainments, than to stultify his understanding and insult his intelligence by a strained effort to make every exercise appear childlike and easy.
4th. While the paramount object of the books is to teach reading, other important and desirable features are by no means absent or overlooked. Lessons inculcating moral truths are of frequent occurrence. These lessons are such as will appeal at once to the child's better nature and strengthen his love for right-doing. Lessons intended to cultivate an appreciation of the wonderful and