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story of his adventures in escaping from his unhappy country, until he finds a final refuge in England. It is full of life and spirit, and gives a vivid conception of one of the saddest tragedies of modern European history. Helen in Switzerland. A Tale for Young People. By the Hon. Augusta Bethell.-Helen is a Scotch girl, a motherless child, taken by her father to Switzerland. The acquaintances they made there, and their mild adventures, are blended with descriptions of Basle, Lucerne, Geneva, Chamounix, &c. Young folks who have the prospect of visiting Switzerland will find it an interesting juvenile guide book. Young folks who have no such prospects will pick up information in a pleasant way.

Mr. S. W. Partridge provides largely for the instruction and amusement of young people. Animal Sagacity, edited by Mrs. S. C. Hall, and capitally illustrated by Harrison Weir, and others, is a collection of anecdotes and stories illustrating the sagacity of brute creatures. From birds to lions, Mrs. Hall has something interesting to tell us of almost every well-known animal. Natural history has great fascination for the young, and both pen and encil have done their best here to enhance them. Our Children's Pets is another profusely illustrated book of natural history, dedicated to the Marquis of Westminster. It consists of stories connected with domestic animals, and is intended to inspire kindly feelings towards them by setting forth the claims they have upon our gratitude and affection. Pleasant verses are interspersed with pleasant prose, and both furnish interesting reading for children. The Crosses of Childhood; or, Alice and Her Friends ; Maud's Visit to Sandybeach ; The Children's Party; or, a Day at Upland are cheap and interesting little volumes, the character of which is sutliciently indicated by their titles, Cousin Bessie. A Story of Youthful Earnestness. By Mrs. C. L. BALFOUR. Scrub; or, the Workhouse Boy's first Start in Life. By Mrs. C. L. BALFOUR. Marie, and the Seven Children. By Mrs. THOMAS GELDART. Dick and his Donkey; or, How to Pay the Rent. By C. E. B. Four well-told tales, inculcating honesty, diligence, self-denial, and Chris. tian gentleness, and as a key to all these excellencies, the practice of total abstinence from all intoxicating liquors. The woodcuts are of a superior class, both as to drawing and execution. The same, and even more may be said concerning another volume by the same publishers, entitled The Giants, and How to Fight Them, by the Rev. R. NEWTON, D.D., in which Mr. John Gilbert has given eight illustrations, which, to say the least, are quite equal in power to the discourses which they accompany; and in saying this we are not awarding meagre praise. Our youthful preachers and Sunday-school teachers would do well to read these sermons.

From Messrs. Jackson, Walford, and Hodder we receive :- Silver Lake; or,

Lost in the Snow. By R. M. BALLANTINE.-A spirited story of life in the American forests. The Cabinet of the Earth Unlocked. Ву E. S. Jackson, M.A., is a fascinating introduction to the science of Geology, with excellent woodcuts. These are both reprints from Old Merry's Annual for 1868, which is identical with the charining serial • Merry and Wise' for 1867. The 663 pages of this annual are such a mélange of good sense, capital fun, sound instruction, puzzling games, and clever riddles, that we quite envy ihe young folks of this generation. The books are beautifully printed and got up, but the illustrations are not equal to some others that we have noticed. The Weaver Boy who became a Missionary: being the Life and Labours of David Livingstone. By H. G. ADASIS.—Happily, there is now every reason to hope that further chapters, and these probably the most illustrious, will have to be added to the history that lír. Adams here tells. Of all the men who haye lived in this generation, and who have achieved great things in it, there is, perhaps, not one whose name in generations to come will be associated with more of romance and renown than that of David Livingstone. Mr. Adams has told his story well, and it will make youthful hearts beat high. Old Jerry's Christmas Party.—When we say that the Christmas party includes— Mr. W. H.G. Kingston, Mr. R. M. Ballantyne, Mr. Edwin Hodder, Sidney Daryl, and other well-known writers for the young, we say enough to reassure our readers that the charades which they act, the recitations they deliver, and thie stories which they tell are both clever and witty. It is a good conception well carried out. Olivia Wyndham: a Tale of the Great Plague. By the Author of • Naomi.'-Mrs. Webb's reputation as a painstaking and able storyteller is too well established to require commendation. “Naomi' has charmed and instructed thousands of readers. The author has a penchant for sombre subjects; but her tale of the Great Plague is well told, and will give young readers a vivid conception of one of the most terrible chapters of our social history. Told in the Twilight; or Short Stories for Long Evenings. By SIDNEY Daryl.--A collection of slight sketches by a thoughtful and earnest writer for the young, who writes with a simplicity and a grace that make his stories very attractive.

From Messrs. Nelson & Co. we have received :-house Beautiful; or, The Bible Museum. By A. L. O. E.—which consists of forty-two meditations upon as many cbjects taken from the great treasure-house of all beautiful things. Around the thing, rather than the person, has our dexterous authoress entwined her pious musings, and great ingenuity combined with sound spiritual thought-albeit occasionally somewhat far-fetched and irrelevant-characterize her sermonettes upon such things as Rahab's scarlet cord, and the jawbone of Samson's ass.- -Scenes of the Olden Time. -A valuable as well as an interesting little book, in which the manners and customs of olden times, are illustrated by anecdotes and historical details—a kind of miniature book of days. Wonders of the Vegetable Torld.-Sulliciently explained by its title as a book of elementary botany, in which, although the pill of science is not exactly wrapped up in a sugar-plum, yet the author, by incident and anecdote, and quotations from travellers, has thrown so much interest into his expositions, that few will be willing to put it down when they have once opened it. Nature's Wonders. Pictures of Remarkable Scenes in Foreign Lands.A book of a similar character, describing remarkable mountains, deserts, and caves ; indeed, the more striking phenomena of physical geography, on the sur'ace of the earth. Life and Travel in Tartary, Thibet, and China. Being a Narrative of the Abbé Huc's Travels in the Far East. By M. Jones.— The author condenses for every reader, or rather reproduces in miniature, the well-known travels of the French Abbé, and does it very well. Nineveh and its Story. By M. JONES.–Out of the quarries of Mr. Layard and Professor Rawlinson the author digs materials which will convey to young people a good impression of the important results obtained at Nineveh. Truths and Fancies from Fairyland; or, Fairy Stories with a Purpose. -A reproduction of some of the old fairy tales from Arabian and other sources, which, as the author observes, have an * inexhaustible vitality, and are as immortal as Homeric poems or Æschy• lean tragedics. Aladdin, Ali Baba, Riquet with the T'uft, Ondine, the

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Sleeping Beauty–will their renown ever decline ?' Never, we reply, so long as children are not born hard, prosaic men, and so long as men retain any of the green-heartedness of children. Messrs. Nelson are rendering an inestimable service to our children in thus popularising valuable instruction. Truth is as romantic as fiction ; hence their great success. The specialté of their house is the exquisite neatness with which their books are got up.

Messrs. James Clarke and Co. send us Margaret Torrington; or, The Voyage of Life. By EmmA JANE WORBOISE. The Christian world counts its readers by hundreds of thousands. Miss Worboise is its story-teller and poet, and is well known to them all. This story was contributed by her to it; it has been read by most of them, and will be pronounced one of her best. Margaret Torrington is a brave, true girl, who nobly navigates the rough sea of life, and gains a pleasant harbour. Ellen Clinton ; or, The Influence of a Loving Spirit. By H. W. Ellen Clinton is a child-saint, who from the age of seven years combines the wisdom of the serpent with the harmlessness of the dove ; and by her prudence, presence of mind, patience, and gentleness, manifested in a variety of extraordinary and trying circumstances, is the means of reforming and converting first one, and then another, of the very disagreeable and unpromising people by whom she is beset. She is, of course, rewarded by a happy union with a gentleman, who was one of the number, by her wise and loving counsels, turned from the error of their ways. Eilen Clinton' will be a favourite with our young friends ; but we fear that she is so perfect, that they will despair of imitating her, and will not care to make the attempt. We regret to see in this, and in many other novellettes for the young, a dash of the * sensationalism' which so much disfigures our larger works of fiction We wish that writers who desire to allure young people to the practice of .whatsoever things are lovely,' and to base that practice on love to Him whose name is Love, would see to it that the means they employ are consistent with the end at which they aim.

Mr. Strahan has published a neat series of little volumes, which have special claims upon young readers. The Lilliput Levée. Poems of Childhood, Child Fancy, and Childlike Moods. Æsop's Fables. A New Edition. Edited by EDWARD GARBETT, M.A. With Illustrations. Edwin's Fathers. By the Rev. E. MonRO. The Will-o'-the-Wisps are in Town; and other Tales. By Hans CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN. With Illustrations. •Lilliput Levée' is a volume of Nonsense Rhymes, full of wise cleverness and glorious fun, almost approaching genius ; it is neither condescending nor fast, but is simply roliicking and natural. Many of the pieces have appeared in 'Good Words.' We can bear no higher testimony to them, than that our own young folks know most of them by heart-one little fellow of three years old will repeat them by the page. Daily Devotions for Children. By Mrs. G. W. HinsvalE. Mrs. Hinsdale has performed well one of the most delicate tasks that could be undertaken. It is, therefore, no smail praise to say that she has accomplished it well. Her short Prayers and Hymns are simple and natural. They supply a nursery need.

The Home Book of Pleasure and Instruction. Edited by Mrs. R. VALENTINE. (London: Fred. Warne & Co) The Boy's Own Book. A complete Encyclopædia of Sports and Pastimes; Athletic, Scientific, and Recreative. A new edition. (London: Lockwood & Co.)—The first of these books is a perfect cyclopaedia of information, especially designed for girls. A few chapters are devoted to what are designated home studies, which include music, painting, illumination, photography, wood engraving, wood carving, modelling in wax and in leather, and even Church decorations and heraldry. All sorts of needle and worsted work are prescribed for ; but a large section of the volume is given to games and amusements; from croquet to dominoes, scarcely anything is omitted. Christmas games are plentifully provided for. A chapter is devoted to dolls; a large selection of riddles is given. Indeed it would be difficult to name an occupation fitting and possible for girls for which admirable directions are not given. Mrs. Valentine has secured the aid of sixteen or eighteen high authorities. ller book is indispensable as a cookery book, and as amusing as a volume of Punch.'—The second book does for boys what Mrs. Valentine's does for girls, and is equally comprehensive and excellent. All imaginable games-from marbles to cricket; from forfeits to tableaux vivants; from dumb bells to Aunt Sally ; from solitaire to billiards ; aquatic sports and scientific recreations; naturalistic fancies, and tricks of legerdemain are here set forth according to the most approved rules, and with the most complete exposition. Such a book will be more to a healthy, vigorous boy 'who loves his play as he ought to do than the ‘Encyclopædia Britannica.'— History of England for Young Students. By the Ven. Archdeacon Smith. A well-considered digest of the History of England, written without bias or party feeling. Fairly accurate and well-proportioned. Satisfactorily silent on disputed questions of character and motive. Aunt Louisa's Keepsake. With twenty-four pages of Illustrations printed in Oil colours, by Kronheim and Dalziels. A royal edition of four nursery Tales.- The famous 'Sing a Song o' Sixpence, the *Robin's Christmas Eve,' Robin Hood and his Merry Men,' and • The Sea-side ; furnishing a story for each season of the year; one or two of which we have not before met with. The • Robin's Christ. mas Eve,' by C. E. B., is a very effective ballad. The volume is a companion to 'Aunt Louisa's Sunday Book,'—one of the prime favourites of the nursery-like it, it is boldly and effectively illustrated. It is quite delightful to see excellence in art ministering to even infant taste. Aunt Friendly's Gift. A dozen popular nursery tales, with Coloured Illustrations, also very effective. The way in which little * Red Riding Hood' is illustrated, will make juvenile eyes glisten. Old Friends and New Friends. Tales, Fables, and Emblems in Prose and Verse. By H. W. Dulcken, Ph.D.-Profusely Illustrated. All sorts of pieces, original and collected, make up a medley for children, from a rendering into verse of an old fable, to the translation of a German Hymn; from a long story to a short proverb. We fear the tales will be more attractive than the sermons; some of the pieces are too pompous and solemn for anybody under forty. These, however, are the exceptions. The bulk of the book is attractive. Warne's Picture Playmate. Comprising • Edith's Alphabet,'. The Children in the Wood, Jack in the Box,' and 'Cinderella,' &c. Illustrated.- What wonderful vitality these old nursery stories have. Every year they are reproduced in a dozen forms, and lose nothing of their charm. There are half a dozen, illus. trated in colours. The illustrations are not only bold and telling, but are really artistic. How much children owe to chromo-lithography! Messrs. Warne also publish an admirable series of large Picture Toy. books, each containing a nursery tale well illustrated, for sixpence; also a smaller series, entitled 'Aunt Friendly's Coloured Picture Books,' at


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half the price, which are not so good. Children will be glad to learn that Hugh the woodman killed the wolf, just when he was about to eat little Red Riding Hood. Johnson's Dictionary Modernized. By ALEX. C. EWALD, F.S.A.-A wonderful shillings' worth, though we question the accuracy of the title. The Pilgrim's Progress. Unabridged, with coloured illustrations, for sixpence!! Sea Fights, from Sluys to Navarino. By Mrs. VALENTINE.-A famous book for boys ; admirably illustrated by the Dalziels. Nursery Tales. A New Version.- Each tale is illustrated by an excellent woodcut; but we are not sure that our old friends are improved by their new dress. Tom Butler's Trouble. A Cottage story. By the Author of "The Better Way. Lizzy Johnson ; or, Mutual Help. By B. C. G. Excellent models for grooms and servant maids, to say nothing of their employers. Theodora's Childhood ; or, The Old House at Wynbourn. By Miss MARSHALL. With a similar exterior, containing twice the leiterpress, is a truthful and somewhat artistic picture of genuine English children. Messrs. Warne's publications are most of them ornamented by coloured prints, which seem to be a specialté of this firm.

School Days at Saxonhurst. By 'One of the Boys.' (Edinburgh : A. and C. Black.)-The author of Tom Brown's School Days' has much to answer for. Tom Brown himself would not have cared to have been over intimate with the Saxonhurst We cannot expect every boy to be a Tom Brown,' but then he need not write a book to prove that he isn't.

The Early Educator : a Child's Guide to the Elements of Useful Knowledge in simple language. By William Martin. Twenty-sixíh Edition ; Lessons in Natural Philosophy for Children. London: (Darton & Co.) -Two valuable little works, bringing Science and Natural Philosophy veritably down to the level of infant minds.


The Leisure Hour. (Religious Tract Society.) A righteous book, like a righteous man, holds on its way, and waxes stronger and stronger. The Leisure Hour' has completed its sixteenth volume, and it has been improving ever since its first. The present volume contains a capital story, by Miss M. L. Whateley, 'The Story of a Diamond,'descriptive of Egyptian Life. Other stories are constructed so as to illustrate the times of the French Revolution, the charming naïveté of German life, and the perils of the Scottish Covenanters. Mr. Whimper, leaping from the Alps to the Desert, contributes admirable sketches of the Nile. The Rev. Harry Jones describes the Tyrol. Science has its contributions in papers on the Natural History of India, the November Meteors, and the Volcanoes of Auvergne ; the greatest authorities being engaged to minister to the instruction of the least informed. In addition to these, there is the usual miscellany of a magazine-poetry, anecdote, moral and religious lessons, &c. A dozen artistically-coloured plates, in addition to the woodcuts, add to the attractiveness of the volume. The beneficial influence exerted by such a periodical is incalculable. We may say also the

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