Excerpt from Platform Pieces: Compiled and Annotated for the Seventh Grade
This volume aims to justify its title. The selections are made with reference to their fitness for platform presentation.
Two vital questions arise in making compilations for children: first, how near to the child's mentality shall the literature approach; second, to what extent shall it be what is known popularly as good literature. As an answer to the first question the author holds that the only wise thing here, as in all departments of education, is to keep a little in advance of the young mind to give it something to which it must climb. The second query must be answered by the emphatic statement that a piece of writing, expressed in good English, which por trays with approximate truthfulness any phase oi life is good literature, even though its author be unknown to fame.
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