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Worcester's Reading Books.


Those who have used Mr. Worcester's Primer are aware of his peculiar talents in rendering those wually “ dry subjects” interesting to children; and to them it is sufficient to say, that the Second Book has the same simple and attractive character as the First.

II. A Third Book For READING AND SPELLING ; with simple Rules and Instructions for avoiding common Errors. By SAMUEL WORCESTER.

The plan and character of this work is different from any other now in use. Each lesson is preceded by a Rule and a List of Errors; and the reading is designed to be rendered not merely an exercise, but a study requiring the use of the mind. We approve of the plan of this book; it is just such a one as is needed, and we hope it will be adopted in every school in the country.Boston Evening Gazette.

"This is one of the most useful reading books for common schools. It strikes us as particularly deserving the attention of teachers.-Daily Allvocale. “One of the most useful reading books that has yet appeared.

We recomniend teachers and parents to give it an early examination.-American Trav.

"We think it a valuable acquisition to the young scholar, both as a monitor for the correction of errors in reading and pronouncing, as well as a guide in manners and morals. The lessons are selected with much judgment, and are well calculated to instruct the mind, while they form the character.—Mórn. Post.


From the " Annals of Education." "It is constructed on the same plan with the Third Book of the same series; each selection, whether of prose or poetry, being preceded by a Rule for reading, and followed by a list of common errors in pronouncing some of the words included in it. The object of these peculiarities of Mr. Worcester's Third and Fourth Books is, to make reading a study in our schools, instead of a mere exercise.

“We regard the Fourth Book, on the whole, as a useful compilation for the classes for whom it was intended. There is a large fund of valuable information embodied in the Rules and Instructions at the beginning and in the Errors and Questions at the end of each chapter, as also at the end of the work, even more than the author, in his modesty, bas ventured to claim."

From the Principal of the Woodstock, (Vt.) High School. "Worcester's Fourth Book is truly deserving of notice. The subjects and arrangements are indeed excellent. His rules at the head of each chapter, and his exposition of errors, together with his list of Phrases, &c. all combine to render the book such a one as is needed in our schools."

From Ebenezer Bailey, Principal of the Young Ladies' High School, Boston ;

Author of "Young Ladies' Class Book," andFirst Lessons in Algebra."

“I have used Worcester's series of reading books in my school ever since they were published, and regard them as among the most valuable works of the kind with which I am acquainted.”

Parley's Arithmetic. Peter PARLEY'S METHOD OF TEACHING ARITHMETIC TO CHILDREN, with numerous Engravings.

" This arithmetic is immediately connected with, and grows out of the amusements of the child. It is wonderful that a scheme so obviously useful, has never been before adopted in arithmetical books. It is indeed nothing more than taking the same method in a book, that a person would naturally take without it. It is following nature, and this is one step more towards delivering us from the shack es which custom has fastened upon us. The work is beautifully got up, and will be pleasing and attractive to all children at first blush." From Rev. J. L. Blake, author of several popular School Books, Boston, Mass.

The object of Parley's Arithmetic is to combine instruction with amusement. 'The attempt to do this has been successfully made; and the work, in my opinion, is well adapted to the use of children, in families and in schools. It is one of the best books on the subject I have seen.

From H. Fuller, Teacher of a Select School, Plymouth. Having used for some time in my school · Parley's Arithmetic, I feel satisfied with its adaptation to the mathematical faculties of young children. Its great excellence consists in the author's simple and highly ivteresting method of 'telling about arithmetic,'—so that the scholar is amused and instructed at the same tiine. It cannot fail to advance the pupil in the important art of calculation, if used as the author recommends. It should be introduced and used in all our primary schools.

From John C. Tusker, Neumarket, N. H. I have examined Parley's Arithmetic, and introduced it into my school, being satisfied that it is well worthy of the notice of parents and teachers; and would cordially recommend it to all who have not as yet introduced it.

From Charles Minot, Clerk of the General School Committee in Harerhill.

At a meeting of the General School Committee of the town of Haverhill, it was voted that among other books, to introduce · Peter Parley's Arithmetic for children, into the public schools in this town. From Phineas Ingalls, and Horatio J. Swisey, Superintending School Com

mittee of Standish. Upon examination of Peter Parley's Arithmetic, we are decidedlr vivon, that the book is a proper one to be used in our primary schools, and we shall recommend its gradual introduction into the schools in the town of Stan ind.

From James L. Hadley, Mount Vernon, Me, After a careful examination of Peter Parley's Arithmetic, publish ter, Hendee, & Co., I can say with confidence, that I think it a work well calculated to convey a knowledge of the first rudliinents of Arithmetic to the minds of children. And I most cerdially recom.nend it to teachers, parents, committees, and all persons who feel an interest in the improvement of youth, as a work well worthy their attention.

From Thomas F. While, Pembroke. Having attentively examined Peter Parley's First Book of Arithmetic, I have no hesitation in saying that the work is well calculate " to supply a deficiency which has heretofore existed in our primary schop! docks. I am further of opinion, that the work needs only to be known in vruz babe highly appreciated and generally introduced as an important sckozi-book, into our primary schools.

From John Boyd, Somersworth, N. H. Having examined a work, entitled ' Peter Parley's Arithmetic,' I think it the most profitable one in print, for beginners in that branch.

From L. W. Daggett, Wareham, Ms. Having carefuily examined. Parley's Method of Teaching Arithmetic to Children,' I can most cheerfully recommend it to parents and teachers.

"It is an admirable work, full of beautiful engravings, and peculiarly well adapted to the wants and capacities of intant mathematicians."-Evening Gazette.

"It is prepared in the plainest style and in a manner well calculated to interest and lead on the smallest capacity"-Philadelphia Saturday Evening Post. "The plan is a good one, and we think it very well executed."-Worces in “ It is an excellent little work."-Northampton Courier. "Of its immediate usefulness and success, we have little doubt."-Annals of Education.

“I am sorry I have not had the benefit of Parley's Arithmetic' in years past. I have never seen any thing bearing the name of Arithmetic half so attractive. Children will have Arithmetic at the outset, if they have the good fortune to begin with Peter Parley."-Principal Young Ladies' Seminary, Exeter, N. H.

wy CarSullivan's Class Books. I. The Political Class Book, Designed to Instruct the Higher Classes in Schools in the Origin, Nature and Use of Political Power. By William SulLIVAN, LL. D.

The object of the Political Class Book is to point out to the young, who are in the course of education, their relation to each other, to society, and to their country; and to show, in a plain and simple way, the excellence and value of the political condition in which they exist; and to give some information of the social system of which they are to become active members, and on which their happiness absolutely depends.

" The library of no citizen is complete where this work is wanting, and if the shelf contains no more than a Bible and an Almanac, the householder should not attend a town meeting until he has at least read the Political Class Book.” - Massachusetts Spy.

The following expression of opinion from upwards of fifty gentlemen interested in the education of youth, most of whom were assembled at a meeting of the American Institute of Instruction at Boston, it is hoped will go

far towards placing this work in every school of proper advancement in New England.

The Political Class Book. In the opinion of the subscribers, this little work gives information not easily obtained from any other source, and yet it is information that deeply interests every man in regard to the rights and duties that grow out of his social and political relations,

A book of this kind should be diligently studied by every young man, before he leaves the school to take his station and act his part in society; for, without the knowledge which such a book must give him, he cannot know either what his rights and duties are, or how he may protect the one or honorably discharge the other.

As to the character of this particular work, we say nothing. Of that, a judgment must be formed either from the high reputation of the author, or from a careful inspection of the book itself. But a book of this kind oughi, we think, to be in every family, and in the hands of every young man in the community!

II. THE MORAL Class Book; or the Law of Morals, derived from the Created Universe and from Revealed Religion ; intended for Schools as well as private Reading. By William SULLIVAN, LL. D.

In proof of the value of this work, and its adaptation to the purposes of general instruction, the Edinburgh Journal has commenced the republication of it complete, in a series of articles under the title of Popular Morals. “ We have found this small volume,” says the editor, “ on perusal, to contain a far more simple, lucid, and impressive view of the moral duties of man, than any that exists in this country; and we therefore feel that, in transferring it entire to our pages, we are doing a service to our native literature."

“Seldom has a work issued from the press, which was, in all respects, so admirably adapted to its professed purposes."--Daily Advertiser.

" This volume will be found to be one of the most valuable additions to the list of books intended for our upper schools, that has ever issued from the American press.”Boston Galaxy.

“ The American and British public have united in pronouncing this the best Manual of Moral Philosophy ever prepared for young minds; we would recommend it most warmly as a text book for schools and closet scholars, and believe that its general use would be productive of much good to the rising generation."--Mercantile Journal.

III. THE HISTORICAL Class Book, containing Sketches of Histcry from the beginning of the World to the end of the Roman Empire, A. D. 476. By WILLIAM SULLIVAN, LL. D., author of the Political and the Moral Class Books.

Parley's Histories. I. The First Book of HISTORY, or History on the basis of Geography, (comprehending the countries of the Western Hemisphere,) with sixty Engravings, from original designs, and sixteen Maps of the difierent sections of the United States and the various countries of the Western Hemisphere, executed in the most beautiful manner on steel plates. By the author of Peter Parley's Tales.

This work contains the history of all the countries in North and South America, including Greenland, Iceland, and the West Indies, down to the present time. It is on the inductive plan, beginning at home, and leading the pupil gradually into the subject; while the introduction of numerous cuts, authentic and modern maps, lively anecdotes, and descriptions of natural scenery, curiosities, manners and customs, render it the most attractive and useful introduction to history ever published; and as Geography and History ought never to be separated, the child naturally desiring to know something of the history of the countries which are described to him, there are exercises previous to each lesson, to test and fix his geographical knowledge in his mind; for he can have but little correct and lasting knowledge of the history of a country with whose geography he is unacquainted.

"The First Book of History, &.c.---This is truly an excellent work. The plan we think is new, and the execution good. It is geography and history combined ; this union will be found to double the value of both."- Vt. Chron.

“ It has all the merit which belongs to this already famous writer. ** The volume before us contains an admirably condensed history and topographical survey of each state, sketches of the wars, of the early voyages and discoveries, and, in fine, of all that can be interesting to the youthful mind in a First Book of History." —Savannah Georgian.

“ The style is not childish, though adapted to children; the representations are very unlike those miserable cuts which we too often see. The work is intended to introduce children to the study of history in an engaging manner.”— Boston Recorder.

“ This is decidedly the best historical work for children we have ever met with. It is filled with ideas instead of dates. Let every child study this book three months in his own way, and he will have a better knowledge of the history and geography of his country than is often acquired by spending three years in the senseless operation of committing to memory page after page of the tiresome treatises in common use."--Brandon Telegraph.

II. The Second Book of History; (comprehending the countries of the Eastern Hemisphere,) with many Engravings, and sixteen Maps from steel plates, of the different countries. By the author of Parley's First Book of | History.

Those who have used the “First Book of History” will need no persuasion to use this also; it is on the same perspicuous plan, and well adapted to the abilities and wants of the young historian.-Evening Gizette.

III. The Third Book of HISTORY ; by the same author and on the same plan. Comprehending Ancient History in connection with Ancient Geography, with Maps and many Engravings. This work will unquestionably derive a degree of popularity from that of its predecessors, which it re

So far as we have examined it we are pleased with its style and spirit. Is typography appears to be remarkably correct. This 'l'hird Book, like the First and Second Books, is furnished with maps at the end, and is illustrate l hy numerous engravings.-Annals of Education.

This is an excellent work. It contains an admirable synopsis of the rise and progress, and downfall of the Roman Empire, and is written in a familiar style, which, in connection with the many remarkable incidents which it embodies, must make it particularly interesting to children. - Mercantile Journal.

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In the “Third Book," he begins with the history of Greece, then procceus to Reme, Egypt, Asia M:. nor, Carthage, Assyria, Persia, Syria, China and Palestine, tracing the progress of literature and society in connection with the rise and full of empires. Ancient History will no more be neglected as dry and uninteresting; it is here told as a father would talk to children of from eight to twelve years, about some wonderful legend of ol!." -New York Paper:

From the Principal of the High School, Woodstock, Vt. "I must say, that if any werk upon history, of the same extent, is deserving public approbation, for its real merits, it is the First, Second and Third Books of History,' by Peter Parley."

This series of Histories is particularly recommended io the notice of Teachers, and others interested in the cause of education. Their circulation is very extensive, and in no instance have they failed to give satisfac. tion to those who have used them.

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