The Heart of Oak Books, Vol. 2: Fables and Nursery Tales (Classic Reprint)

December 21, 2018|
The Heart of Oak Books, Vol. 2: Fables and Nursery Tales (Classic Reprint) by Charles Eliot Norton
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Excerpt from The Heart of Oak Books, Vol. 2: Fables and Nursery Tales

A taste for good reading is an acquisition the worth of which is hardly to be overestimated; and yet a majority of children, even of those favored by circumstance, grow up without it. This defect is due partly to the fault or ignorance of parents and teachers; partly, also, to the want, in many cases, of the proper means of cultivation. For this taste, like most others, is usually not so much a gift of nature as a product of cultivation. A wide difference exists, indeed, in children in respect to their natural inclination for reading, but there are few in whom it cannot be more or less developed by careful and judicious training.

This training should begin very early. Even before the child has learned the alphabet, his mother's lullaby or his nurse's song may have begun the attuning of his ear to the melodies of verse, and the quickening of his mind with pleas ant fancies. As he grows older, his first reading should be made attractive to him by its ease and entertainment.

The reading lesson should never be hard or dull; nor should it be made the occasion for instruction in any specific branch of knowledge. The essential thing is that in beginning to learn to read the child should like what he reads or hears read, and that the matter should be of a sort to fix itself in his mind without wearisome effort. He should be led on by pleasure from step to step.

His very first reading should mainly consist in what may cultivate his ear for the music of verse, and may rouse his fancy. And to this end nothing is better than the rhymes and jingles which have sung themselves, generation after genera tion, in the nursery or on the playground. Mother Goose.

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Title:The Heart of Oak Books, Vol. 2: Fables and Nursery Tales (Classic Reprint)
Dimensions:182 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.39 in
Published:December 21, 2018
Publisher:FB&C Ltd
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781332797936

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