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BOOK OF TALES

BEING

SCHOOL READINGS, IMAGINATIVE AND

EMOTIONAL

IN PROSE AND POETRY

SUPPLEMENTARY TO THIRD READER

EDITED BY

WILLIAM SWINTON

AUTHOR OF WORD-BOOK, GEOGRAPHICAL AND LANGUAGE SERIES, ETC.

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PUSTANDARDY SUPPLEMENTARY READERS. 570100

THE SUPPLEMENTARY READERS form a series of carefully ASTOR LENOX AND,

graduated, Frading books, designed to connect with any of the TILSKIN reguleries ofve or six Readers. These books, which are

closely co-ordinated with the several Readers of the regular series, are :

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I. Easy Steps, for. Little Feet: Supplementary to First Reader. — In this book the attractive is the chief aim, and the pieces have been written and chosen with special reference to the feelings and fancies of early childhood.

II. Golden Book of Choice Reading: Supplementary to Second Reader,—This book presents a great variety of pleasing and instructive reading, consisting of child-lore and poetry, noble examples, and attractive object readings.

III. Book of Tales; being School Readings Imaginative and Emotional: Supplementary to Third Reader.

In this book the youthful taste for the imaginative and emotional is fed with pure and noble creations drawn from the literature of all nations.

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IV. Readings in Nature's Book: Supplementary to Fourth Reader. This book contains a varied collection of charming readings in natural history and botany, drawn from the works of the great modern naturalists and travelers.

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The "Classics are suitable for reading in advanced grammar grades, and aim to instill a taste for the higher literature, by the presentation of gems of British and American authorship.

Copyright, 1880, by Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor & Company.
Copyright, 1908, by Jean Swinton.

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PREFACE.

In the series of Supplementary Readers, the plan of which is given on the opposite page,

The Book of Tales" is designed to furnish class-reading supplemental to any Third Reader of the regular series. The book is so graded that it may advantageously be begun early in the grammar-school

course.

At this period, in the regular class-room work, pupils are engaged in the study of arithmetic, geography, and grammar ; and it is precisely here that a corrective to the one-sidedness of technical routine is demanded.

A deep craving is felt in all young minds for the food of fancy and feeling : if not satisfied by the healthful and pure in the realms of imagination and emotion, this craving will only too often find food in the garbage of perverted and sensational reading. The scope

of “ The Book of Tales is well indicated by its sub-title. It consists of readings imaginative and emo

“ tional.” The wide domain of the folk-lore of all nations has been explored for those beautiful creations that have instructed and delighted successive generations. A body of these creations forming, so to speak, the classics of fancy

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