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PREFACE.

Since the publication of the “Introduction to Zoology for the Use of Schools," I have been favoured with many communications from parents and teachers, stating that they felt the want of a book adapted for more juvenile readers.

In deference to their wishes, I have now endeavoured to furnish one, shorter, simpler, and with fewer“ hard words." The title I owe to the kind suggestion of my friend, Dr. J. L. Drummond, author of “First Steps to Botany," and other justly popular works. The various references and acknowledgments given in the “Introduction,” have, in most instances, been omitted here, as unsuitable to the little book.

R. P. Belfast, 3, College Square North,

November 15th, 1848.

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