Studies in Reading: Third Grade
Martin, George E
Searson, J. W
. University Publishing Company . Lincoln and Chicago
PE1117.S43 3rd grade (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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Twelve fables are sprinkled along the way, each with a fine blue, orange, and white illustration and questions for discussion. The illustrations are in especially good condition. DM (21) is illustrated by a dog standing at the barn door! GA (39) is done in verse. The Camel and the Jackal (49) has two illustrations and a great key line: I always roll over after dinner. Here the jackal nearly drowned. The Fox and the Wolf is new to me; it is like The King of the Apes. Also new to me is The Fox, the Bear, and the Farmer (160) in dialogue form. There is a non-dialogue version of the same story on 103 of New Education Readers: Book Three.) I studied this book without any attention to the publisher and then was surprised to find that I had the second grade version and liked its illustrations too! The title-page in the 1927 copy shows that the firm expanded to Dallas and NY. Otherwise the copies seem identical. This book is inscribed in 1931; the 1927 printing had not yet supplanted this book in at least one school. This is the second time I have made a thorough study of this book, this time in my hotel room in Knoxville. I hope I recognize it the next time!