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JONES READERS BY GRADES
L. H. JONES, A.M.
PRESIDENT OF THE MICHIGAN STATE NORMAL COLLEGE, FORMERLY
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS IN INDIANAPOLIS,
INDIANA, AND CLEVELAND, OHIO
In the fifth grade pupils have the power to appreciate more fully than before connected discourse. The reading matter may therefore be chosen with a closer regard for its place in literature.
The selections in this book it is believed have been drawn from the best sources available for young readers. Attention is called to the fact that nearly all the selections used are organic parts of larger literary wholes, to which the notice and interest of pupils will naturally be directed through the reading of these selected parts. Great care has been taken that the part chosen in each case shall constitute an artistic unit, while still sustaining its organic relation to the work from which it is taken. Much study has also been given to the kind and range of ideas embodied.
This book has a distinctly moral bearing, assisting the young to form right ideas of life and conduct. Every form of laudable human aspiration and endeavor is represented in some appropriate concrete form, and every noble impulse is reënforced by its appropriate stimulus.
The notes and explanations accompanying the lessons will, it is believed, assist much in the right understanding of the selections.
The selections from John Burroughs, John Fiske, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Dean Howells, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, Florence Merriam, William Vaughn Moody, James Parton, Charles M. Skinner, Celia Thaxter, and John G. Whittier are used by the kind permission of, and by special arrangement with, Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co., the authorized publishers of the writings of these authors.
We are permitted also by the kindness of the publishing houses named below to use the following selections : “The Pasha's Son,” by Bayard Taylor, and“Camping in Siberia,” by George Kennan (G. P. Putnam's Sons); “ Daniel O'Connell,” by Wendell Phillips (Lee & Shepard); “ The Man Without a Country,” by Edward Everett Hale (Little, Brown & Co. and Lend a Hand); “The Hermit Crab,” by Elizabeth R. Charles (Dodd, Mead & Company); “The Song of the Chattahoochee,” by Sidney Lanier, and “A Letter," by J. G. Holland (Charles Scribner's Sons); “ Centennial Celebration of the Concord Fight,” by George William Curtis (Harper & Brothers).