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EL Tuis volume treads in the steps of its predecessors, as far as princi
ple is concerned. The chief difference between this and the “Third Eclectic Reader” is, that the rules are more specific; the exemplifications more numerous; the list of errors in pronunciation and articulation more extended; and the questions more copious, embracing a wider range, and requiring a more vigorous exercise of thought The mind of the pupil is presumed to have expanded, as he advances through the preceding numbers of the “Series.” In this book, therefore, he is to expect that higher claims will be made upon his powers of thought, both in the character of the lessons, and in the questions appended to them.
The lessons are of a higher grade than in the preceding volumes. The author, however, ventures to predict, that if any of them shall be found unintelligible to the younger classes of readers, it will not be those of the highest character for thought and diction, and especially in the selections from poetry. Nothing is so difficult to be understood as nonsense. Nothing is so clear and easy to comprehend as the simplicity of wisdom.
By the questions, all the pupil knows, and, sometimes more, will be put in requisition. This will not be unpleasant to those whose minds are sufficiently active and vigorous, to take delight in new efforts, and fresh acquisitions. It may even happen that some of the questions can not be answered by the instructor. Still, there is nothing which an intelligent teacher of a “common school” might not be expected to learn, or easily acquire. Nothing is so well taught as what has been recently learned. It is, however, the wish of the author, to incite the teacher to the adoption of the interrogative method orally, rather than confine him to the printed questions.
From no source has the author drawn more copiously than from the Sacred Scriptures. For this certainly he apprehends no censure.
In a Christian country, that man is to be pitied, who, at this day, can honestly object to imbuing the minds of youth with the language and spirit of the word of God. Among the selections from the Bible are some elegant specimens of sacred poetry, as arranged by Bishop Jebb and Dr. Coit.
To the present remodeled, and enlarged edition, are added an introuctory article on reading; definitions of the more difficult words in ach lesson, in which the proper pronunciation is indicated and the art of speech denoted by the usual abbreviations; a notation, to a onsiderable extent, of the proper inflection and emphasis, together ith questions, and explanations of the same; and grammatical quesons. To the latter the attention of the teacher is especially invited,
they form a very important and valuable feature of the work. No acher is aware, until he tries it, how far the study of grammar and at of reading may be united, with decided advantage to both. The exercises on Articulation placed between the lessons, are also, this edition, very much enlarged and considerably varied. With regard to the general plan of this series, as it has met 80 iversally the approbation of intelligent critics, it needs here no planation or defense.