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CLARENCE F. CARROLL
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, ROCHESTER, NEW YORK
SARAH C. BROOKS
School readers in the fourth and fifth years of school usually emphasize the enlargement of vision and interests of those periods of development. But while the currents of child-life constantly grow broader and deeper at this time, pupils are still children, and crave games, tales, adventure, and the world of nature.
The Fifth Reader of this series recognizes the permanence of these instincts by including the finest of the great myths. Biography, travel, manners and customs, and civics are introduced as important influences. Finally, the strictly imaginative, in abundance, gives glimpses of the great world of fiction.
The list of authors contains the names of classic writers long familiar in standard literature, and the names of many others who have, in more recent years, won the hearts of the great reading public
- both children and grown people-by their charming descriptions of nature and of the life of the present day.
It has been the special object of the authors in both the Fourth and Fifth Readers to present selections of a high literary standard and at the same time of real human interest. While duly recognizing limitations they confidently make their appeal to teachers, and they believe that these volumes will prove to be interesting to children.
Children of this grade who have been well trained should read with ease most subject matter within the range of their experience. Therefore, while careful attention has been given to the mechanical featuressuch as the listing of difficult words-emphasized in former volumes, the authors have chosen, freely, selections containing increasingly
difficult discourse, and they hope that the volume will be found to combine in proper measure, increasing maturity in the form of expression with real interest and charm of subject matter.
For the use of copyright material in this Reader the authors take pleasure in acknowledging their indebtedness to the following: Houghton, Mifflin Company for "Old Ironsides," by Oliver Wendell Holmes; “Marjorie's Almanac,” by Thomas Bailey Aldrich; “The Peterkins' Summer Journey," by Lucretia P. Hale (Copyright, 1880, by J. R. Osgood & Company; 1886, by Ticknor & Company); "Jack-in-thePulpit,” by Lucy Larcom; “The Old-Fashioned School,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne; "Early Adventures in the Colonies," by Eva March Tappan, from “Letters from Colonial Children”; “The Builders,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Messrs. Charles Scribner's Sons for "Skipper," by Sewell Ford, from "Horses Nine" (Copyright, 1903, by Charles Scribner's Sons); “Armies in the Fire," by Robert Louis Stevenson, from "A Child's Garden of Verses”; “The Bear that Had a Bank Account," by Hjalmar H. Boyesen, from "Boyhood in Norway” (Copyright, 1892, by Charles Scribner's Sons); Messrs. G. P. Putnam's Sons for "The Two Herd Boys," by Bayard Taylor, from “Boys of Other Countries”; “Cinderella's Ancestor,” by Elbridge S. Brooks, from "Chivalric Days"; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Company for "Laurence Coster, the Discoverer of Type Printing" and "John Gutenberg, the Inventor of the Printing Press,” by George M. Towle, from "Heroes and Martyrs of Invention"; "A Japanese Schoolboy," by Sakae Shioya, from “When I Was a Boy in Japan”; “The Chinese Boys' Games,” by Yan Phou Lee, from “When I Was a Boy in China”; "The Great Snowball Fight at Brienne School," by Eugénie Foa, from “The Boy Life of Napoleon,” edited by Elbridge S. Brooks; J. B. Lippincott Company for "The Windy Night," by T. Buchanan Read; Doubleday, Page & Company for “ Indian Boyhood," by Charles A. Eastman, from "Indian Boyhood” (Copyright, 1902, by McClure, Phillips & Co.); Longmans, Green & Co. for "A Fox Tale," by B.
Grieve, from "A Red Book of Animal Stories,” edited by Andrew Lang; D. C. Heath & Company for “The Laws of the Land,” by Charles F. Dole, from “The Young Citizen” (Copyright, 1899, by D. C. Heath & Company); Fleming H. Revell Company for “Billy Topsail's Dog,” by Norman Duncan, from "The Adventures of Billy Topsail"; Rand McNally & Company for “Twin Babies,” by Joaquin Miller, from “True Bear Stories”; Dodd, Mead & Company for “How Thor Found His Hammer," by Hamilton Wright Mabie, from “Norse Stories” (Copyright, 1882, by Roberts Bros. Copyright, 1901, by Dodd, Mead & Company); The Youth's Companion for "The Mariner's Compass," by James Parton, from “Triumphs of Science”; Miss Beulah Lockwood for "The Crimson Tulip," by Lillian Price, from "Lads and Lassies of Other Days."