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Edue T 758.57.446
1859. Sporel s.
of Northe fan incelge,
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by
GEORGE S. HILLARD,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
The compiler of the First Class Reader, and of the Second Class Reader, solicits the attention of teachers, and of all persons interested in education, to the present work, which is intended for the use of children in the third class in our grammar schools, of ages varying from nine dr ten to twelve years. The same general principles which have guided him in the preparation of his former compilations have been followed in this, with such modifications as were required by the . more tender age of the children to whom it is addressed. The line of distinction between a second class reader and a third class reader cannot be very sharply drawn. A bright boy or girl in the third class would be quite able to understand what was level to the comprehension of an average boy or girl in the second class. To a certain extent, the selections in the present work are substantially of the same kind as those in the Second Class Reader, and the explanations made in the preface to that work are, in the main, applicable to the present compilation.
In proportion to its size, the present selection has cost the compiler more labor than either of its predecessors. Many of the prose pieces have been either written, or translated, or compiled, by him. A few lessons on moral subjects will be found towards the close, which, it is hoped, will not prove too dry to serve the purposes for which they are intended. In the poetical selections there will be found many pieces already
familiar to teachers and scholars. This has been advisedly done. Good poetry rather gains than loses by familiarity and repetition ; and no school reader can be esteemed perfect which does not contain some of those gems of English verse, the merit of which has been felt by many generations of pupils.
The introductory portion, on reading, and training of the vocal organs, has been abridged from that prefixed to the Second Class Reader.
G. S. HILLARD.
BOSTON, April, 1857.