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STANDARD III.

Requirements of the Revised Code.

Reading.-A short paragraph from an elementary reading book

used in the school.

Writing.A sentence from the same paragraph, slowly read

once, and then dictated in single words.

Arithmetic.—A sum in any simple rule as far as short division

(inclusive)

PREFACE.

This Book, both in subject matter and style, is a grade higher than the preceding one. Words of three syllables are introduced into the following lessons, at first sparingly, but gradually increasing in number; and occasionally, though rarely, an easy polysyllable is used. Thus the plan of building up by degrees the learner's knowledge of the language is continued.

But the novel feature in the present Book is, that the second part of it is intended especially for the reading of boys, a corresponding special part being designed for the use of girls' and mixed schools. Every one knows that the pursuits and pleasures of a boy differ widely from those of a girl, and, in after life, men have rougher and sterner duties to perform than generally fall to the lot of women. Bearing this in mind, the lessons occupying the last half of the book have been compiled and selected with especial reference to the training of boýs—to furnish the young readers with thoughts and ideas that will tend to encourage them to become manly, honest, upright, and hard-working in their respective stations of life. The description of some of the simple sports it is believed will prove attractive to such as practically convince us that · Blithe Boyhood is the Holiday of Life.' Other lessons are intended to supply hints on various subjects in which boys take an interest. And it is hoped that teachers will find the book throughout useful in improving not only the reading but also the knowledge and intelligence, as well as in developing the moral and imaginative faculties of their pupils.

The Editor begs to acknowledge the kindness of Mrs. Mary Howitt, A. W. Bennett, Esq., W. Mackintosh, Esq., Messrs. Longman, Messrs. Nelson, the Religious Tract Society, &c., &c., in permitting him to use extracts from copyright works.

CONTENTS.

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PART FIRST.

PAGE

PAGE

The Farmer and his Sons

5 The Scarlet Poppies

39

The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf

6 Story of Puss, Tiney, and Bess

The Husbandman and the Stork 6 (Cowper)

40

The Ass and the Lap-dog

7 Story of Puss, Tiney,' and Bess

Nature in Spring-time

- continued

43

Child's Welcome to Spring (m. Poor Dog Tray (Campbell)

45

A. Stodart)

9 Water and its Forms (Sarah

Night

10 Bilton)

46

The Sun and the Moon (Trans: Story of a Pin (told by itself)

Ed.- From Berquin)

12 (Sarah Bilton)

48

The Lion and the Ass Hunting 14 Story of a Pin (told by itself)

The Crow and the Pitcher

15 continued

52

Shan't and Won't (Chatterbox) 15 Butterfly's Ball and Grasshopper's

The Stinging Nettle (old Hum-

Feast (Roscoe)

56

phrey)

16 The Fox (Editor).

58

The Young Mouse (Evenings ai The Captive Set Free (i. G.

Home)

19 Adams) (Chatterbox)

62

The Young Mouse :

20 The Captive Set Free--continued 64

Tea (Sarah Bilton)

22 The Captive Set Free-concluded 67

Tea-continued

25 The Frost (M. A. Gould)

69

Sugar (Sarah Bilton)

28

The Lion (Editor)

70

Spider and the fly, The (m. The Coat and Buttons (Mrs.

Howitt)

31 Marcett)

73

Coffee, A History (Sarah Bilton) 34 The Coat and Buttons-coniinued 76

The Wonderful Pudding (Play The Months (Sara Coleridge)

80

Hour)

37

PART SECOND.

Farmer Blake's First Lesson

The Tale of a Tub (Chatterbox) 121

(Old Humphrey)

81 The Cow and the Ass

125

Boys' Games (Editor) .

84 Building of a House (Editor) 126

Boys' Games-continued

86 Building of a House-continued 128

Try Again (Sarah Bilton)

93 Building of a House--concluded . 131

Try Again

92 The Little Philosopher (Evenings

The unters and the Bear

93

at Home)

132

The Boys and the Frogs

94 The Earwig (h. G. Adams) (Chat-

The Squirrel (B. Barton)

95 terbox)

136

The Game at Marbles (Editor) 95 Quite "Another ' Thing coià

The Game at Marbles-continued 98 Humphrey)

137

Don't be Cowards (Chatterbox) 101 The Boy who had Presence of Mind 140

The Daisy and the Lark (Trans. The Wasp and the Bee .

141

Ed.-From Hans Anderson) 103 How to Make the Best of It

The Daisy and the Lark--cont. 106

(Evenings at Ilome)

142

The Sluggard (Watts)

The Bird's Nest (Adapted from

The Miller and his Ass

110 Chatterbox)

144

Boys' Games with Tops (Ed.) 11-115 The Bird's Nest -- continued :

1. Peg-top, or Peg in the Ring 111 Birds' Nests (M. S. C.)

150

2. The Whip-top

114 The Old Horse-shoe (Trans. Ed.

3. The Humming-top

114 - From Schmid)

151

Boys' Games-Hoops (Editor) 115 Lazy Bobby (Chatterbox)

152

Boys' Games, continued-Kites 117 The Duke and the Cow-boy 154

oid John's Apples (Original The Old Man's Comforts (Southey) 156

Poems)

119 Farmer Blake's Last Lesson

Cleanliness (Editor) :

12 (Old Humphrey)

157

109

147

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READING BOOK

No III.

PART FIRST.

THE FARMER AND HIS SONS.

A FARMER, being at the point of death, called his sons to his bedside, and said to them, ‘My children, I am about to depart this life. I leave you a large and priceless treasure, which I received from my father, but it is hidden somewhere in the fields belonging to the farm. If you search carefully for it, I have no doubt you will be rewarded by finding it.'

As soon as their father was dead and buried, to work went the sons. They dug and ploughed from morning till night, and turned up the soil over and over again, but without finding, jewels or money as they had expected.

The following year the crops on the farm were finer and more abundant than they had ever been; and the sons reaped a golden harvest indeed, which more than repaid them for all their toil and trouble. They now saw the wisdom of their father, in teaching them in this manner that honest industry is in itself a treasure.

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