The National Illustrated Reading and Spelling Book for the Young

The National Illustrated Reading and Spelling Book for the Young

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...and others have toes and claws, like the dog. The flesh of the cow is called beef; that of the calf, veal; and that of the sheep, mutton. The cow gives us milk, from which we get butter and cheese. The wool of the sheep is made into cloth, which serves to cover us, and to keep us warm. All animals, except man, eat their food in a raw state. Some beasts kill other beasts for their food, and are therefore called beasts of prey. In this class are the lion, the tiger, the wolf, and the fox. Others crop the green herbage of the fields just as it grows, as the cow and the sheep. Animals made to carry heavy loads, are called leasts of burden, --as the camel and the horse. Birds have two legs, with which they walk on the ground, or perch on branches of trees; and two wings, with which they fly in the air. The ostrich is said to be the largest bird; the humming-bird is the smallest. Some birds, --as the eagle, the vulture, and the hawk, --are called birds of prey. Other birds, which pass from one country to another, at certain seasons of the year, are called birds of passage; among these are the crane, the stork, and the swallow. Swallows, and some other birds, catch and eat little flies while on the wing. The smallest birds are said to build the warmest nests; they form them of straws and moss, and coat them with wool or soft down. Old birds are very kind to their young; they teach them to fly, and take care of them until they are able to procure food forthemselves. Fishes are animals that live in water only; they have skins with smooth, shining scales, and have fins on their sides, with which they keep themselves up and move in the water. Fishes can swim very fast, and dart through the water after flies, or anything else they wish to eat. PROSE LESSONS,show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236603982
  • 9781236603982