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"Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations
Which is known as the children's hour."
Our Kindergarten Children
 FOR THE CHILDREN'S HOUR is the result of an effort to collect and edit as many
as possible of the stories referred to in the story
lists of the daily Program of Gift and Occupation work.
Through the courtesy of authors and publishers, a
longer list is presented, and a book of stories is
offered containing material which has not appeared
heretofore in one volume.
The scheme of compiling has been to gather from many
sources; old myths, folk-tales, magazines now out of
print, and the best of literature, old and latter-day,
such stories as relate to the child's every-day
experience, and find a place in his education because
of this point of contact.
In nearly every case it has been found necessary to
adapt the stories to the immediate use of the
storyteller, whether kindergartner or mother. They
have been shortened, and only such salient facts
retained as will result in clear mental concepts, and
make the stories easily told without undue taxing of
the child's attention.
A large place has been given to the fanciful tale,
which has a direct educational value in the training of
the imagination; and the accumulative repetition story,
which develops the child's sense of humor, and appeals
to his instinctive love of rhyme and jingle.
 The book is offered to kindergartners, teachers, and
mothers who realize the large part the story plays in
the development of the little child, mentally and
GRATEFUL acknowledgment is due the following authors
and publishers for their permission to use the
copyrighted material appearing in
FOR THE CHILDREN'S HOUR:
Laura E. Richards, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Elizabeth
Harrison, Lucy Wheelock, Sarah Arnold, Maud Lindsay,
Alice E. Allen, Kate Whiting Patch, Alice J. Patterson,
Bertha Johnston (editor of Kindergarten Magazine),
Clifton Johnson, Charles Battell Loomis, James E. Tower
(editor of Good Housekeeping).
Little, Brown & Co.; Dana, Estes & Co.; D. C. Heath &
Co.; Houghton, Mifflin & Co.; Silver, Burdette & Co.;
Phelps Publishing Co.; Ginn & Co.; Perry Mason Co.;
Outlook Co.; A. Flanagan Co.; University Publishing
Co.; Educational Publishing Co.; Milton Bradley Co.;
The Churchman Co.; The Christian Register; Home
Kindergarten Co.; George S. Hurlburt Co.; Richard G.