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LONDON:
T. NELSON AND SONS, PATERNOSTER ROW;

EDINBURGH; AND NEW YORK,

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THE PROGRESSIVE

ENGLISH READING BOOKS."

To Teachers.
HE present volume forms the First of a New

Series of English Readers, designed to fol

low the “Step by Step” books already published in “Nelsons' School Series.

The object aimed at is, to provide a set of books adapted to all classes of schools, and fitted to teach not only the art of reading, but to train the pupil to the love of reading. With this in view the pieces selected for the present volume are such as cannot fail to attract and interest the young reader. They are chiefly of a lively and entertaining kind, as being best fitted to train the pupil to a lively and spirited style of reading

“The Progressive Reading Books" will be of a strictly progressive character in style and subject.

In the Second Book of the Series (The Junior Reader, No. II.), which will be issued early in February, the pieces will be varied by “Stories from History," “ Instructive Lessons,"

Lessons," " Lessons from Piography,” &c.

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THE PROGRESSIVE ENGLISH READING BOOKS."

The Third of the Series will form a “ Reading Book for Senior Classes.” This volume, formerly advertised as No. 7 of Nelsons' School Series, will be arranged on the plan of a Voyage round the World. It will consist of pictures of travel and adventure, stories of history, with descriptions of the people, and the productions of the principal countries of the world, &c.

JANUARY 1862.

The attention of Teachers is invited to the following works recently published in NELSONS' SCHOOL SERIES :

A HISTORY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE.
WORD EXPOSITOR.
FIRST LATIN READER
BIBLE GEOGRAPHY.
WALL MAPS.

See Advertisement at the end of this volume.

Contents.

PROSE.

Page

Grumble and Cheery..

.................... Old Stories.

1

The Monkey and the Cats..................

Book of Fables. 8

The Stinging Nettle............

............. Old Humphrey. 11

The Ugly Duckling......

16

The Sheep and the Birds..

Anon,

25

The Young Witness....

Anon.

28

Dreaming S.rsy..........

Anon.

34

The Lion and the Mouse......

...... «Esop's Fables.

36

The Time-Piece in my Parlour

Anon.

37

The Fox without a Tail......................................................... Æsop's Fables. 40

Mercury and the Woodman

.................................................. Æsop's Fables. 40

It's very Hard.....................

... A. L. 0. E. 13

The Wolf and the Lamb.........

Æsop's Fables. 44

The Guarded House .....

J. L. B.

45

The Bustling Way and the Quiet Way,

Abbott's Reader. 46

The Spider's Web.......

Anon.

52

The Poor Man and the Rich Man.

.... Grimm's Tales. 54

Widow Wasp.................

... E. A. H.O. 62

The Sailor Boy's Prayer.........

Anon.

83

The Turnip

Schmid.

85

Something wrong in the Boot............

A. L. 0. E. 86

Casting our Shadows..................

88

To-Morrow...............

Anon,

90

A Tiger Story.....

J. L. B.

91

Only one Brick upon another.,

Anon.

93

The Wind and the Sun......

Æsop's Fables. 94

Washington and the Corporal.

95

Promptness........

96

Dreaming and Doing............

........................... Anon.

97

The Khan and the Dervis..................................

.............. Anan.

103

The White Sparrow

Anon.

105

The Lying Servant.....
................................... Anon.

111

The Discontented Pendulum...............

Jane Taylor.

116

The Bell Rock......................

Anon.

119

Good for Evil...

A. L. A. E. 122

A Faithful Dog...

Anon.

126

The Arab and his Horse.........

Anon.

129

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