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NORMAL COURSE IN READING.
EMMA J. TODD,
TRAINING TEACHER IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF AURORA, ILL.,
W. B. POWELL, A.M.,
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WASHINGTON, D.O.
ADVANCED READINGS IN LITERATURE: SCIENTIFIC, GEO-
LANEOUS, WITH ANALYSES OF AUTHORS.
SILVER, BURDETT & CO., PUBLISHERS,
NORMAL COURSE IN READING.
PRIMER: Preliminary Work in Reading;
Geographical, Historical, Patriotic, and Miscellaneous;
numbers, 29 X 38 inches, Illustrated.
COPYRIGHT, 1890, BY SILVER, BURDETT & Co.
Norwood Press :
Boston, Mass., U.S.A.
Illustrations: H. A. Dennison.
In offering to the public the NORMAL COURSE IN READING, of which this Fifth Reader is the crowning volume, the publishers desire to express their unbounded confidence in the series, both as to literary merit and educational value. There is little doubt that the widespread demand for new reading books is based not alone upon a desire for change in subject-matter, but upon what is of far greater importance, a genuine want for a more orderly arrangement of related topics, and a unified presentation of the matter prepared for use in this department of educational work. It is not enough that a given literary production is valuable per se; it should be suited to the needs of the child at a given stage of his advancement, in order to find place in a book employed as a means in his education.
The authors have thoughtfully studied these problems in all their bearings, and have produced a series of readers that meets these requirements. The literature is of the choicest character, and the gradation is perfect. Every lesson, every chapter, every book, follows its predecessor in sequential order, and occupies its proper place in a thoroughly organized and well-rounded whole.
Examination will show that the most intelligent use has been made of selections from the field of general literature by placing them in immediate connection with the subjects which they illustrate ; that the series touches closely and supplements wisely the every-day work of the best-conducted schools of the present day ; that it furnishes in fascinating garb a large fund of information about common things. As one writer puts it, “These readers contain a liberal common school education in themselves.” Another says, “ They give the children something to read about and think about."
The publishers gratefully acknowledge the many words of encouragement, and the helpful criticisms, that have come to them during the preparation of these books, from teachers of experience and prominence throughout the country.