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Requirements of the Revised Code.
Reading.-A short paragraph from an elementary reading book
used in the school.
Writing.—A sentence from the same paragraph, slowly read
once, and then dictated in single words.
Arithmetic.—A sum in any simple rule as far as short division
This Book, both in subject matter and style, is a grade higher than the preceding one. Words of three syllables are introduced into the following lessons, at first sparingly, but gradually increasing in number; and occasionally, though rarely, an easy polysyllable is used. Thus the plan of building up by degrees the learner's knowledge of the language is continued.
But the novel feature in the present Book is, that the second part of it is intended especially for the reading of boys, a corresponding special part being designed for the use of girls' and mixed schools. Every one knows that the pursuits and pleasures of a boy differ widely from those of a girl, and, in after life, men have rougher and sterner duties to perform than generally fall to the lot of women. Bearing this in mind, the lessons occupying the last half of the book have been compiled and selected with especial reference to the training of boýs—to furnish the young readers with thoughts and ideas that will tend to encourage them to become manly, honest, upright, and hard-working in their respective stations of life. The description of some of the simple sports it is believed will prove attractive to such as practically convince us that · Blithe Boyhood is the Holiday of Life.' Other lessons are intended to supply hints on various subjects in which boys take an interest. And it is hoped that teachers will find the book throughout useful in improving not only the reading but also the knowledge and intelligence, as well as in developing the moral and imaginative faculties of their pupils.
The Editor begs to acknowledge the kindness of Mrs. Mary Howitt, A. W. Bennett, Esq., W. Mackintosh, Esq., Messrs. Longman, Messrs. Nelson, the Religious Tract Society, &c., &c., in permitting him to use extracts from copyright works.
The Husbandman and the Stork 6 (Cowper)
The Boys and the Frogs
94 The Earwig (h. G. Adams) (Chat-
Ed.-From Hans Anderson) 103 How to Make the Best of It
The Sluggard (Watts)
The Bird's Nest (Adapted from
2. The Whip-top
114 The Old Horse-shoe (Trans. Ed.
THE FARMER AND HIS SONS.
A FARMER, being at the point of death, called his sons to his bedside, and said to them, ‘My children, I am about to depart this life. I leave you a large and priceless treasure, which I received from my father, but it is hidden somewhere in the fields belonging to the farm. If you search carefully for it, I have no doubt you will be rewarded by finding it.'
As soon as their father was dead and buried, to work went the sons. They dug and ploughed from morning till night, and turned up the soil over and over again, but without finding, jewels or money as they had expected.
The following year the crops on the farm were finer and more abundant than they had ever been; and the sons reaped a golden harvest indeed, which more than repaid them for all their toil and trouble. They now saw the wisdom of their father, in teaching them in this manner that honest industry is in itself a treasure.