THESE books are intended to interest children in
country life. They are written in the simplest language,
so as to be fit for each class to read aloud. But
the information given in them requires explanation
and illustration by the teacher. I have, in fact, tried
to make each lesson the groundwork for oral teaching,
in the course of which the children should be en-
couraged to observe, to bring in specimens, and to ask
questions. Then when the chapter is read and re-read,
as is the case with most school books, it will become
part of the child's own knowledge.
No one can be more aware than I am how very
slight these outlines are, and how much more might
have been given if space permitted. But I hope that
much is suggested, and a teacher who loves nature
will fill in the gaps.
The charming illustrations will enable the children
to identify the animals and plants mentioned.
ARABELLA B. BUCKLEY (Mrs. Fisher).