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obtain the coöperation of parents in fixing in habit the taste for good literature created by the text-books themselves.

The notes appended for study have been prepared, not only to explain the text, but to further the child's interest in the author and the selection. At the end of each book will be found suggestions to teachers. These have been made unusually concrete and full in the desire to throw increased light on the teaching of this, the most important subject in the school curriculum. It is hoped that a measure of success has attended the undertaking, and that teachers and pupils to whom the books may come will take new joy in their work.

It is a pleasure to thank Miss Nebraska Cropsey, Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Indianapolis, for suggestions concerning the teaching of reading covering a period of twenty years, and the many teachers who have tested the books in their classes.

G. A.

Acknowledgment is made for permission to use selections from the writings of Phillips Brooks, to E. P. Dutton and Company; of Joel Chandler Harris, to D. Appleton and Company; of Joseph Jacobs, to G. P. Putnam's Sons; of Eugene Field and Leo Tolstoy, to Charles Scribner's Sons; of Helen Hunt Jackson, to Little, Brown and Company.

The selections from the writings of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Phæbe Cary, Celia Thaxter, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne are used by special arrangement with Houghton, Mifflin and Company.


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He owns the bird-songs of the hills-
The laughter of the April rills;
And his are all the diamonds set
In Morning's dewy coronet, -
And his the Dusk's first minted stars
That twinkle through the pasture-bars,
And litter all the skies at night
With glittering scraps of silver light;-
The rainbow's bar, from rim to rim,
In beaten gold, belongs to him.

James Whitcomb Riley.

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