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SUGGESTIONS TO TEACHERS
American children who have been giving their pennies to help take
care of little Belgian children will find this new "Twins" book
one of the most appealing that Mrs. Perkins has ever written. The
author's Preface states the sources of her inspiration. As usual,
her story will be found sympathetic in spirit and accurate as to
At the present day books are constantly issuing from the press
which will assist teachers in planning their own preparation for
the class reading of this book; for example, Griffis's: Belgium:
The Land of Art and Gibson's: A Journal from our Legation in
Belgium. Books issued in past years which tell other stories of
exile or emigration, or which deal with European countries
neighboring Belgium, also have their place in the teacher's
reading. We may suggest Griffis's: The Pilgrims in Their Three
Homes and Brave Little Holland, and Davis's History of
Medieval and Modern Europe (sections 238, 266, and the account
of the present war). A file of the National Geographic Magazine,
accessible in most public libraries, will be found to contain
many articles and illustrations which will be invaluable in this
connection. Picture postcards, also, will supply a wealth of
appropriate subjects. Children should be encouraged to bring
material of this sort to school.
Once the historical and geographical background has been
sketched, the teacher may safely trust the children to get the
most out of the story. Fifth grade pupils can read it without
preparation. Pupils in the fourth grade should first read it in a
study period in order to work out the pronunciation of the more
The possibilities for dramatization will be immediately apparent.
In this, the author's illustrations will, as in all the "Twins"
books, furnish hints as to scenes and action. They may likewise
be used as the subjects of both oral and written compositions—
each pupil selecting the picture most interesting to him, and
retelling its story in his own words.
The illustrations may be used, also, as models for the pupils'
sketching; their simple style renders them especially suitable
for this use.