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way of obtaining a knowledge of the great world has ever been invented that is equal to traveling about and seeing it with one's own eyes. Next in value to traveling one's self, is reading about the travels of others. It is becoming more and more fully realized that books of travel — if written from the child's point of view — are better teachers of geography than the geographical textbook, with its ordered marshaling of data that have been squeezed dry of all picturesqueness or human interest. It need hardly be said that information which arises naturally out of vivid personal experiences, and which takes, in many instances, the form of graphic impressions and pictures, will not only prove far richer in inspiration for the child, but will make a deeper impression on the memory, than facts presented in the barren and prosaic manner of the ordinary text-book.
The writer has prepared this little book with these considerations in mind. He has felt that there is no more vital way of teaching geography than letting young travelers see interesting places with their own eyes. Hence, with the idea of making American boys and girls, who cannot see the British Isles for themselves, acquainted with them in imagination, he journeyed through these islands for three or four months, in company with some young friends. The book, therefore, is a record of places and things actually seen and enjoyed by these young people.
No geographical reader has heretofore devoted itself exclusively to the subject of the British Isles; yet even a whole volume can hardly do justice to so important and interesting a country. The extraordinary place occu