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JONES READERS BY GRADES
L. H. JONES, A.M.
PRESIDENT OF THE MICHIGAN STATE NORMAL COLLEGE, FORMERLY
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS IN INDIANAPOLIS,
INDIANA, AND CLEVELAND, Ohio
A READER for the seventh grade should have a somewhat universal character. The selections should therefore be made from general literature. A wide range of themes should be used to give scope to the imagination and breadth to the intelligence.
All sections of our common country are represented in the authors from whom selections in this reader have been made, - nor has the literature of other nations been omitted. Much fresh material has been taken from recent literature; but many of the older selections are used because of their permanent value in character development. At the period of life represented by pupils who will use this reader, the ideals of life and conduct are shaping themselves rapidly in the minds of the growing girls and boys. Susceptible as they are at this age, they respond most readily to the call of higher motives. Noble, unselfish, or heroic action, when properly presented to them, seems native to the human spirit.
To arouse and sustain noble ambitions, to make the right in human action seem reasonable and desirable, to
give that general intelligence which underlies helpful coöperation, to permeate this growing intelligence with pure and deep love for our country and its institutions, are among the dominant purposes of this book.
The selections from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Lew Wallace, John Fiske, Charles Dudley Warner, John Burroughs, and John Greenleaf Whittier are used by the kind permission of and by special arrangement with Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co., the authorized publishers of the writings of these authors.
We are permitted also by the kindness of the publishing houses named below to use the following selections: “Clouds,” by Wilson Flagg (Educational Publishing Company); “Hårk to the Shouting Wind,” and “Carolina,” by Henry Timrod (B. F. Johnson Publishing Company); “Feeding the Birds,” by Henry Harland (John Lane); “ The Education of the People,” by Wendell Phillips (Lee & Shepard); “ The Joy of the Hills,” by Edwin Markham (McClure, Phillips & Co.); “A Cellar in Siberia,” by George Kennan, and “The Taj Mahal,” by Bayard Taylor (G. P. Putnam's Sons); and “ The Moral Rights of Animals,” by William Cunningham Gray (Fleming H. Revell Company).