An Illustrated history & description Of Schools in the 18th & 19th Centurys.

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Other Spellers                           207
in their books were perched among the loftiest branches. To the average child this picture allegory was very curious and incomprehensible.
The reading in Perry is decidedly moral and reli­gious ; but once in a while it reverts to such light­some matter as the following : —
COME let us go forth into the fields ; let us see how the flowers spring; let us listen to the warbling of the birds, and sport ourselves upon the new grass.
Toward the end of the book are several pages of hymns, a number of illustrated fables, a chapter on Manners, the Ten Commandments, and a morning and evening prayer. Nearly all the old spellers included material of this sort. I give two of the fables : —
From an 1803 edition of Perry's The Only Sure Guide to the English Tongue.
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