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A Country Reader II

Nature volume 68, page 246 (16 July 1903) | Download Citation



As Mr. Buchanan says, a child is much more likely to learn to read fluently and with intelligence if his reading book is concerned with subjects falling within his everyday experience, and from this point of view the set of readers, of which this is the second, will prove useful and popular in rural primary schools. The various sections of the book deal in simple, interesting language with the characters and uses of the goat, the donkey, the cat, our common reptiles, the fish of our ponds and streams, pastures and grasses. The illustrations are numerous and exceptionally good, though it is a pity the author has omitted to indicate the scale of the drawings; there is some fear, for instance, that quite a wrong idea of the relative sizes of the carp and minnow will be obtained by the pupil from the pictures which face one another on pp. 96 and 97.

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