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RELFE BROTHERS'

MODEL READING BOOKS.

NO. 1V-FOR JUNIOR CLASSES.

MODEL READING-BOOKS,

NARRATIVE AND DESCRIPTIVE,
IN PROSE AND VERSE.

(FOR USE IN SCHOOLS). EDITED, WITH NOTES AND INTRODUCTION,

By R. F. CHARLES, M.A.,
(ASSISTANT-MASTER IN THE CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL.)

These Books form a series of graduated Reading Books adapted to the requirements of various ages and classes, No. III, 1s.

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Now Ready for Junior Classes.
No. IV. Is. 6d.
No. V. 2s.

for Advanced
NO. VI. 2s. Bd.

Classes.

It is hoped that this New Series of Reading Books will supply a want that is felt by many teachers of a series of books that shall interest children, and thus encourage in them a habit of reading works of a higher class than they too often care to read. The Books consist of a number of stories in prose and verse, selected from well-known and popular authors. The subjects are very varied. Stories of history, of enterprise and discovery, are interspersed with tales a lighter kind. But, in endeavouring to interest and amuse the children, it has not been forgotten that, in learning to read, they are also learning to write and speak. Great care has therefore been taken that each extract should be of literary value.

In many cases the selections are quite new to School literature, and are often somewhat longer than is usual in books of this sort.

It has been thought desirable to make each story, as far as possible, complete in itself. This is especially the case in the more advanced Readers, which contain, besides a number of shorter passages, several longer selections both in prose and poetry, which may, it is hoped, form the subjects of more detailed and persistent study. A number of extracts in prose, suitable for learning by heart, will be found in the No. VI. Reader. By means of these the Teachers will be enabled to use the book as a model in teaching composition. In the Advanced Readers passages of a purely descriptive character are sometimes introduced, as also are some dramatic scenes suitable for Class reading; and in No. VI. a series of Letters on interesting subjects by eminent writers.

The Notes, which are addressed to the Children, and not, as is generally the case, to the Teacher, are worded in a simple manner. They are placed at the end of each volume in order that the children may acquire practice in turning quickly from one part of the book to another.

RELFE BROTHERS

MODEL READING-BOOKS,

Narrative and Descriptive,

IN PROSE AND VERSE,

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS.

EDITED, WITH NOTES AND INTRODUCTION,

BY

R. F. CHARLES, M.A.,

ASSISTANT-MASTER IN THE CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL.

NO, IV, FOR JUNIOR CLASSES,

LONDON:
PUBLISHED BY RELFE BROTHERS,

6, CHARTERHOUSE BUILDINGS, ALDERSGATE.

( 3987. f 93.

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OXFORD

The Editor begs to thank the Authors and Publishers for

permission to use the following Extracts in this Volume. The Authoress of The Chronicles For Extracts from Winifred Berof the Schönberg-Cotta Family tram, and The Chronicles of the

Schönberg-Cotta Family. Mr. F. LOCKER

For The Old Stonemason. Mr. S. SMILES

For Extracts from The Life of a

Scotch Naturalist.
Messrs. G. ROUTLEDGE & Sons.. For Extracts from The Young Voy-

ageurs; Feats on the Fiord;
A Boy's Adventures in the Wilds
of Australia ; Don Quixote; and

Longfellow's Poems.
Messrs. MACMILLAN & Co. ...... For Extract from Tom Brown's

Schooldays. Messrs. NELSON & SONS

For Extracts from Old Fack and

The Coral Island. Messrs. A. & C. BLACK

For Extracts from Sir. W. Scott. Messrs. LONGMAN & Co.... For Extract from Lord Macaulay. Messrs. WARD & LOCK....... For Extracts from W. M. Praed

and Charles Lamb. The COMMITTEE of the Religious Tract Society, for extracts from

several of their publications, and especially for courteously placing a number of the Society's works at his disposal for reference.

PREFACE.

This book is the second of a Series of Reading-Books designed to meet a want, often expressed by Teachers, of books that shall interest the children. It consists of stories in prose and verse—stories of fact and of fiction, of history and imagination, of a somewhat more difficult character than those in the Reading-Book No. III., but still suitable to the needs of junior classes.

In attempting to make these books interesting care has been taken to do so legitimately, by selecting extracts only that are of literary value, and thus to train the taste as well as the powers of the children.

It is hoped that many of the extracts in this and the succeeding volumes will be of service in other ways than as mere Reading-lessons,--that they may serve as illustrations to enliven a lesson in History or Geography, as models for Essay-writing, as materials that may give freshness and interest to the study of English Grammar.

In a book that is primarily a Reading-book it would be improper to devote too much space to Notes. Yet it is of importance that the children should get in the way of using notes, and of turning quickly from one part of the book to another. For this reason the word or phrase annotated is shown by a number above it in the text, and the notes are placed at the end of the Volume. They are simple, and are simply worded, and it is hoped that they will remove the more serious difficulties, and will serve to suggest to an intelligent child the sort of questions he should ask himself as he reads.

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