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present work to advance principles suited to the rising generation, in the United States. Beast, reptiles and insects are not represented in this volume, as the equals of rational beings ; because such a supposition is repugnant to nature, science, and correct moral sentiment. Most of the fables so long employed in schools, are particularly improper for small children, who should be taught by literal examples, before they can comprehend figures of rhetoric or draw inferences from remote hints. The fancy of converting inferior animals into " teachers of children," has been carried to ridiculous extravagance.
Thus he throws Aesop overboard. Here is a lesson to show what Mr. Jones could do in the way of " penning readings " : —
Keep clear of the boy that tells lies, for he is a bad boy.
O how I like to read my book, and be a good child, and mind what my pa and ma tell me !
Let the best child in school have a good ripe red peach, and five blue plums, and ten grapes, and a nice new book.
Pinks smell sweet. Good girls are neat. A leech sucks blood. Ducks play in mud.
The great feature of the speller is the cc Story of Jack Halyard," which fills thirty closely printed pages. Jack lived on a New Jersey farm. He was nine years of age, and had an older brother Charles and two younger sisters Mary and Betsey. His father was "very honest,,, and his mother —