Excerpt from The Horace Mann Readers: Introductory Third Reader
The stories and other pieces contained in this book are in tended for boys and girls in the second or third year of school, who have completed a reading book of about the grade of the Horace Mann Second Reader. 'in range of vocabulary and in reach of conceptions the book should be adapted to the use of children from eight to ten years old, and even older, according as it may be intended for close study or for rapid reading. The culture epoch chieﬂy appealed to is that in which the dominant interests are the folk tale, the fable, the fairy story, and the story of youthful adventure.
The sources of these stories and tales are widespread. Seven of them came direct from India; five from ancient Greece; and one or more each from Scandinavia, Germany, France, Italy, England, Ireland, and North America. The children who read this book through will have accomplished a veritable voyage of discovery, not merely to unknown lands, but also to new and unvisited regions of the spirit.
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