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THE Third Reader has been constructed on the same general principles as the Second, to which, it is believed, it will form an appropriate sequel.
It is adapted to meet the requirements of the New Code, and contains 120 pages of reading matter, arranged into 60 Lessons.
The Lessons are, to a large extent, practical and informative, so as to cultivate the child's intelligence and observing faculties, but expressed in such language as will familiarise him with the most common English words. Lessons are difficult to a child rather from the nature of the subject than from the language employed. Abstract thought, however clearly expressed, can have little attraction for a child.
All the Lessons in this Reader are on concrete subjects, and deal with matter that, to a greater or less extent, comes within the range of the experience of children. When that is the case, words, apparently difficult, are found to be easy of comprehension. Accordingly, there has been no attempt made to write down to children. All such attempts result in failure.
As in the Second Reader, the meanings of the more difficult words, occurring in each Lesson, have been given at the beginning. These meanings are not mere dictionary equivalents, but the meanings which the words bear in the particular passage in which they occur.
Word Lessons and Questions have been appended to the Lessons.
GLASGOW, February, 1884.
(An indicates that the Lesson is in Poetry.)