Reading with Expression: Third Reader
. American Book Company . NY
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Here is a second extra copy of this reader, in poorer condition. On the verso of the title-page, it has not E.P. 20 but rather E.P. 4. A pleasant reader in very good condition, with varied, lively, distinct illustrations. Baldwin's work for American Book Company is well represented in my collection: I have School Reading by Grades for the first through the third grades (all 1897) and two editions of Fifty Famous Stories Retold (1896 and 1896/1924). This reader has a Sheaf of Fables (124) containing four specimens from Aesop, Segerstedt, and LaFontaine. The grasshopper comes, without meeting the ant again in winter, to the realization that it is best to lay up something for rainy days. A. Segerstedt and The Little Plant are new to me. The Hunter and the Woodcutter and The Miser have good illustrations. In the latter, the neighbors advise him to look at the hole, not at a rock which he should put into it. The Panic of the Beasts (84) is the story from India about the mistaken belief by the rabbit that the sky is falling when in fact only a dead branch falls. On 114 is a prose version of La Fontaine's The Merry Shoemaker.