The Lincoln Readers: Third Reader
. Laurel Book Company . Chicago ,
PE1117.D32 1922 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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It is somehow appropriate that I have found this Lincoln Reader in Lincoln, NE! This particular copy is marked on its title-page as a sample copy taken from our regular stock, compliments of the Laurel Book Company. Laurel also had offices in Chicago and Philadelphia. This series as of this printing ran from third through sixth readers. The two authors are both from the Wisconsin Department of Instruction. The Cat, the Monkey, and the Chestnuts is listed as by Aesop (53). It features a fine initial O and a lovely two-colored tailpiece. This telling has several unusual features. The monkey compliments and even flatters the cat into trying to get chestnuts out of the fire. The latter burns her paw on the first chestnut and hops around the room in pain, but the monkey kisses her paw and coaxes her to try again. The collection of stories here is quite broad. It includes How to Know Cotton from Wool; Earthworms at work; Soap-Making; and Storing Food in Pioneer Days.