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THE PARMLY READERS. By Maude Parmly, Teacher of Primary Reading, Public Schools, Newark, N. J. American Book Co. First Reader. $.30. Second Reader, $.35. Third Reader, $.35. Teacher's Manual, $.40.
The attractive appearance of these Readers calls quick attention to them, and even a cursory glance at their content impresses one with their desirability and exceptional adaptability. 132 pages of fairy stories from the beloved classics of childhood, told in simple sentences, many bits of verse, as Tennyson's "What Does Little Birdie Say,” and more than 40 alluring illustrations make up the content of the First Reader. Of the 180 pages in the Second Reader two are full page pictures in color, and there are 46 other illustrations in black and white. Eleven fairly long stories, which include German folk tales and some Old English fairy stories, with selections in verse to give variety, complete a reader that has come to stay. Eight stories of folk lore and legend, two full page color plates, tinted illustrations and pen and ink drawings make up the Third Reader of this series. In the Teachers' Manual the Parmly Method is fully explained. Illustrative lessons in phonics, daily programs for the first seven weeks, and special devices in teaching reading are suggested.
THE CLINKER AND SOME OTHER CHILDREN. Stories and verse about working children, published by the National Child Labor Committee, 105 East 22d Street, New York City, November, 1914. 64 pages, illustrated. Price 25 cents.
There are others besides "social workers" who find a way to give more than money to social enterprise. Such people are the authors and artists who have this year given some of their work to the National Child Labor Committee for its holiday publication, “The Clinker and Some Other Children." James Oppenheim, Edna Ferber, George Creel, Elbert Hubbard, Margaret Widdemer and others have contributed stories, essays and verse which, as the Foreword puts it, are a message from the work. ing children “to our friends and to the strangers whom we should like to call our friends." The immigrant child who meets the sudden claim of American industry; the child in the mill and the child in the field; the child on the street and the child in the tenement work-room, all appear in this volume as living, human children, not as remote subjects for protective legislation. The volume has been especially prepared for use as a holiday gift. The National Child Labor Committee has purposely made it as different as possible from its usual pamphlets to attract the host of people who have a warm place in their hearts for the children but find the Committee's publications too stiff reading.
ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER. Scott, Foresman & Co. Chicago, -New York.
The book as rewritten embodies the results of mature consideration by the author, of numerous parliamentary questions brought to him dur. ing the last thirty-nine years by all kinds of organizations and from all sections of the country. It is enlarged by the expanded treatment of many points, and by the addition of many new topics, making a book of 320 pages.
CONLEY'S PRINCIPLES OF COOKING. By Emma Conley, State Inspector of Domestic Science for Wisconsin. Cloth, 12 mo., 206 pages, illustrated. Price, 52 cents. American Book Company, New York, Cincinnati, and Chicago.
This new book for secondary and vocational schools gives to domestic science more of educational value than it has had heretofore. It offers a practical course on the planning, cooking and serving of meals by the pupils. Each schoolroom lesson is followed by kitchen work, many valuable recipes being given. The work covers all the important principles which are indispensable to intelligent cooking. The book is furnished with illustrations, and charts and tables of the composition of foods. A chapter on Cooking in Rural Schools and a complete index close the volume.
PRACTICAL PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN'S CLUBS. By Alice Hazed Cass. Chicago, A. C. McClurg & Co., publishers. Price 75 cents.
A very complete and suggestive compilation of study subjects for the use of women's clubs and similar organizations, designed to give practical assistance to the great host of club women. The subjects have a wide range, and their diversity will meet all demands.
LIFE AND WORK OF PESTALOZZI. By J. A. Green, M. A., Professor of Education in the University of Sheffield. 393 pages. Price $1.40. Warwick & York, Inc., Baltimore, Md.
The object of this book is to give an account of the life and work of one of the greatest educators in the history of science and education. The first six chapters are wholly biographical; the following nine are expository, explaining the doctrines which Pestalozzi spent his life in developing and promulgating; the remaining seven are documentary, presenting passages translated from Pestalozzi's writings, and from other documents bearing on his work. The book should be of interest especially to students of the history of education.
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL METHODS OF TESTING INTELLIGENCE. By W. Stern, translated by Dr. G. M. Whipple. Warwick & York, Inc., Publishers, Baltimore. Price $1.25.
The general plan of this book includes an introductory section upon the nature of intelligence and the problem set by attempting to measure it and an exposition of tests of intelligence under three main divisions, (a) single tests and series of tests, (b) the principle of age- graduation (Binet-Simon tests), and (3) correlation and estimation methods. The treatment is designed to appeal to a wide circle of readers outside the
psychological profession, especially to teachers of normal and of backward children, to school administrative authorities, to school physicians and to specialists in nervous and in children's diseases.
METHODS OF TEACHING IN HIGH SCHOOLS. By Samuel Chester Parker, Professor of Educational Methods and Dean of the College of Education of the University of Chicago. Ginn and Co., Boston. Price $1.50.
There is no such thing for a teacher as standing still; when he ceases to progress, he begins to lose in efficiency. To insure progress, he must be constantly on the alert to keep in touch with new theories and practices in education and to adapt them to his own work where possible. Especially should he study methods, his own and others, in order to make the most of the time that is given him with his pupils. Professor Parker's book presents a thorough and scientific study of methods of high school teaching, establishing an effective working relationship between progressive educational theory and economical, effective practice. A few of the chapter titles will indicate the scope and content of the book: Economy in Classroom Management; Reflective Thinking; Adapting Class Instruction to Differences in Capacity; The Use of Books; Conversational Methods; Laboratory Methods; The Art of Questioning ; Lesson Planning; Measuring the Results of Teaching.
Every present and prospective high school teacher would profit by reading this book, and through his gain would come greater good to his pupils.
THE NEXT GENERATION. A study in the Physiology of Inheritance. By Frances Gulick Jewett, one of the authors of The Gulick Hygiene Series. 12 mo., cloth, 235 pages, with diagrams and illustrations. Price 75 cents. Ginn and Co., Boston.
The fundamental principles of biology, especially in their relation to hereditary, are here presented in a form suitable for mixed classes in the early years of high school. The tone of the book is throughout eminently wholesome, unemotional and scientific. Some of the subjects covered are Evidences of Evolution, The Effect of Environment, Alcoholism, Adolescence, Family Responsibility, Overwork for Children, and Steps in Racial Improvement. There is no avoidance of vital topics, and yet delicate subjects are handled in a manner which cannot be objectionable to the most particular. Certain matters which the author considers of large importance, but which could not well be given in a mixed class, are presented in a supplementary pamphlet, copies of which for distribution may be secured free of charge, by teachers using the book.
CITY, STATE AND NATION. By William L. Nida, Supt. of Schools, River Forest, Ill. New York. The Macmillan Co. Price 75 cents.
This is a text-book of constructive citizenship, adapted for use in elementary schools and the first years of high school. It is well illustrated, strongly made and comprehensive in scope.
WEBSTER'S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DICTIONARY. Abridged from Webster's New International Dictionary. 900 illustrations. Price 90 cents.
WEBSTER'S SHORTER SCHOOL DICTIONARY. Based upon Webster's New International Dictionary. Fully illustrated. The American Book Company. Price 60 cents.
These are the genuine Merriam Webster's Dictionaries. They leave little to be desired in the way of handy school dictionaries. They are the best books of the kind upon the market, and the prices are sufficiently reasonable to enable any and all school authorities to have the best. When we reflect upon the value of good English to every person we are sure to feel that every boy and girl in our schools should have access to this series of dictionaries and should be taught to use them.
EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES OF MENTAL DEFECTIVES. Educational Psychology Monographs, No. 7. By J. E. Wallace Wallin, Ph. D., Director of Psychological Clinic, School of Education, University of Pittsburg. 8vo. 156 pages, illustrated. Price $1.25. Warwick & York, Inc. Baltimore, Md.
Dr. Wallin has presented in this monograph a systematic critical study of the Binet-Simon tests of mental capacity, showing the resulta of the tests when applied to a large colony of epileptic children, We commend the book to the attention of physicians, alienists, and all schoolmen who are interested in the scientific examination of mental deficiency.
GRANNY'S WONDERFUL CHAIR. By Frances Browne. New York. E. P. Dutton & Co. Price, 45 cents net.
Here are delightful fairy stories by one who seemed to live in fairy land. And yet the author was born in the depths of poverty, in Ireland, nearly a century ago, and was blind all her days. But courage, persistence and imagination, enabled her to get an ducation and develop her rare talents. Young folks and many older ones will welcome these tales of “The Christmas Cuckoo,” “The Greedy Shepherd,” “The Story of Fairyfoot,” “The Story of Childe Charity,” “Sour and Civil,” etc. These 280 pages are good reading and there are some illustrations.
Periodical Notes. "The Moral Failure of Efficiency” is the subject of a romarkable paper in The Cen. tury for June, by Edwin Davies Schoonmaker. He identifies efficiency with the German Kulter and shows how in future man must be educated for life, not for a single narrow and dehumanizing function.
Agnes Replier says in her paper on “ Woman and War'', which appears as the leading article in the May Atlantic Monthly, that the only agreeable thing to be recorded in connec. tion with Europe's sudden and disastrous war, is the fact that people stopped talking about women and began to talk about men. The paper is extremely clever and inclines one to believe that the women movement will flourish in spite of the war.
In the May Current Opinion will be found some exce fine views of the PanamaPacific Exposition illustrating a descriptive article on the Exposition and its contrast to the European War. In connection with the article such men as Vice-President Marshall, Ex-Mayor Seth Low and David Starr Jordan have told why Americans should see the Ex position.
Robert H. Moulton writes in the June St. Nicholas most interestingly on methods of “Fighting the Water-Hyacinth". He gives astonisbiog statistics, stating that last year army engineers spent nearly $25,000, in their efforts to keep the navigablo streams clear of this river woed.