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JONES FIFTH READER
L. H. JONES, A.M.
PRESIDENT OF THE MICHIGAN STATE NORMAL COLLEGE, FORMERLY
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS IN INDIANAPOLIS,
INDIANA, AND CLEVELAND, OHIO
This book is intended as a basal reader for pupils of the sixth, seventh, and eighth years in school. These years make up a period of high enthusiasms and noble impulses. During this period ideals of life and conduct are rapidly shaping themselves in the minds of the growing girls and boys. Susceptible as they are at this age to evil influences, they yet respond most readily to the call of higher motives. Noble, daring, and heroic action, when properly pictured to them, seems native to the human spirit.
To rouse and sustain these noble ambitions, to make the right in human action seem reasonable and desirable, to give that general intelligence which underlies helpful social coöperation, and, above all, to permeate this growing intelligence with a pure and deep love for our country and its institutions, — is a dominant purpose of this reader.
The selections are taken from the best literature of the English language. A wide range of themes gives breadth and scope to the imagination as well as a foundation for general intelligence as opposed to technical knowledge.
All sections of our common country are represented by the authors from whom selections have been made. Much fresh material has been taken from the writings of recent authors; but many of the older selections are used because of their standard quality and their permanent value in character development. In all cases due regard has been given to artistic excellence, without which, whatever its other merits, a piece of literature should find no place in a school reader.
In the selections made, as well as in the notes accompanying them, an effort has been made to direct the pupil's attention to the literary whole of which the selection is a part. While, therefore, the portion used is in itself an artistic whole, conveying its special lesson, it is exhibited as a part of a larger whole, to which attention is thus called. In this way the part read by the pupil instead of sating his mind really rouses his interest in author and theme, and leads eventually in many cases to the reading of the entire work.
In some schools much supplementary matter will be read by pupils during the years in which they use this reader. It is confidently believed that this book will furnish the necessary ideas and vocabulary for the easy and proper interpretation of all other reading matter that will come within the scope of the grades in which this book is used.
The selections from John Burroughs, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Fiske, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Dean Howells, Mary Johnston, Thomas Starr King, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, Edith M. Thomas, Charles Dudley Warner, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Zitkala-Sa, 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 Haunt of a Bird Lover," by Maurice Thompson (John B. Alden); “ Clouds,” by Wilson Flagg (Educational Publishing Company); “ Hark to the Shouting Wind” and “ Carolina,” by Henry Timrod (B. F. Johnson Publishing Company) ; “Sleep,” by Robert Collyer, “ New Things and Old,” “ A Talk to School Children,” and “ The Education of the People,” by Wendell Phillips (Lee & Shepard); “A Cellar in Siberia,” by George Kennan (G. P. Putnam's Sons); “ The Moral Rights of Animals,” by William Cunningham Gray (Fleming H. Revell Company); “ Two Great Commanders,” by William P. Trent (Small, Maynard & Co.).