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Revised to meet the latest requirements of the Education Department. On the approved list of the London School Board, and numerous

Provincial School Boards.

CASSELL'S READABLE READERS. An entirely New Series of Reading Books, prepared to meet the requirements

of the Education Department. Carefully Graduated, extremely Interesting,

Illustrated throughout, strongly bound, and remarkably cheap. First Infant Reader. 32 pages, limp cloth (red)... ... ... ... ... 21d. Second ,

48 pages,

... ... ... ... ... 3d. Book I., 112 pages, limp cloth boards (blue) 6d.; very stiff cloth bcards (red) 7d. ,, II., 128

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Cassell's Modern School Reading Sheets
In Three Series, each consisting of Twelve Sheets, 2s. each on paper,

or 5s. each on linen.
Cassell's Modern School Infant Readers.

Freely Ilustrated. Strongly bound in Cloth.
First Infant Reader (24 pages) ...
Second Infant Reader (24 ) ... ... ... ...
Third Infant Reader (32 „ ...
Fourth Infant Reader (48.

... 5d. Cassell's Modern School Readers.

Freely Illustrated. Strongly bound in Cloth. First Reader STANDARD I. (enlarged to 103 pages) Second Reader STANDARD II. (136 pages) ...

... 10d. Third Reader STANDARD III. (184 „ )...

... ls. 3d. Fourth Reader STANDARD IV. (232 » )...

... ls. 8d. Fifth Reader STANDARD V. (246 „ ) ...

... 1s. 9d. The "Two Years" Reader Standards V., VI., and VII. (328 pages) 2s. Bd.

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Cassell's Modern School Geographical Readers. In'r:ductory Lessons for STANDARD I.-Cardinal Points, Plans, Maps, &c. 6d. Introductory Lessons for STANDARD II.-Size and Shape of World,

Geographical Terms, Physical Geography of Hills and Rivers... ... ... England and Wales for STANDARD III. (With Coloured Map)... ... Scotland, Ireland, British North America, Australasia, for

STANDARD IV. (With Two Coloured Maps) ... ... ... ... ... Europe for STANDARD V. ... ... The World, &c., for STANDARDS VI. and VII. ... ... ... ... ls. 8d.

CASSELL & COMPANY, LIMITED, Ludgate Hill, London.

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FIFTH READING BOOK.

Alapted to the latest requirements of the Education Department,

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CASSELL & COMPANY, LIMITED :

LONDON, PARIS, NEW YORK & MELBOURNE.

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PREFACE.

In the selection of stories and extracts for these volumes the Editors have borne in mind that children must enjoy what they read, if the process of learning is to be pleasant and rapid ; and they have endeavoured to include nothing that is not wholesome in tone, well written, and suitable for the purposes of a literary reading book; the chief aim of which, as it seems to them, should be, not so much to increase the bulk of a child's knowledge, as to teach insensibly the lesson of good feeling and good taste. Such a book should encourage reading for its own sake-as the one secular pursuit of the young which appeals to their highest facul. ties— rather than reading for instruction, which under the New Code is otherwise sufficiently provided for.

Narrative prose, of a cheerful and spirited sort, has been preferred, as a rule, to pathetic tales or purely descriptive passages; the usual short and disconnected lessons read in Standards I. and II. are replaced by continuous stories of some length; and continuity of subject has been studied as far as possible in the succeeding volumes.

The poetry has been chosen mainly for two qualities-attractiveness to the young, and literary fitness for recitation,-and for the most part from the great storehouse of English lyric verse. Lyrics appeal most readily to young people, are best understood, and have the paramount advantage of oneness and completeness in themselves. Yet, many pieces which are often regarded as par excellence children's poems have been omitted. Of such pieces “Lucy Gray” is a type. They are, indeed, verbally simple, but they are founded on a parental instinct which only comes with later years, and which stands outside the range of children's ideas.

The Editors desire to express their sincere thanks to Mr. William Allingham, Mrs. Bishop (Miss Isabella L. Bird), Sir F. H. Doyle, the Earl of Dunraven, Mr. J. A. Froude, Mr. A. W. Kinglake, Dr. Charles Mackay, and Archbishop Trench for their kind permission to insert in this volume copyright poems or prose extracts; also to Messrs. F. Warne and Co., for “Your Mission”; to the representatives of the late Mr. Sydney Dobell, for “How's my Boy?" and to Mr. Charles Dickens for “Russian Travel, from “ All the Year Round.”

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