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Copyright, 1916 By BENJ. H. SANBORN & CO. PREFACE
Like its predecessor, "City And Town, A Third Reader,” this book primarily aims to stimulate the child's interest in city life. Recognizing the fact that most fourth readers deal with country life, the fairy story, the folk story, and the myth, nature study and geographical subjects, the author has endeavored to lighten the monotony of the child's reading plan by giving him an enticing background of everyday city and village life.
The policeman, fireman, postman, street cleaner, and the many other figures familiar to the child of city or town, are dealt with in a manner to inform and interest, and through each story there runs an appeal to the awakening civic pride of the reader.
Care has been taken to quicken the awakened geographical sense of the fourth grade pupil by introducing stories of many countries.
The realm of practical science is opened up by stories of the world's greatest inventors and their achievements.
Of course, a suitable number of other features have been made use of, in order that the reader may be a well balanced one.
The holidays, pastimes, the sports, and the pets dear to childish hearts, are all remembered.
The same high literary tone established in the third reader of this series, has been carried on in this book.
The standard children's authors have contributed some of their best stories.
The reader has been tested in fourth grades of both city and country, and has been found to be of great interest to all children.
PAULINE FROST RAFTER Boston, Massachusetts, October, 1915
For permission to use copyrighted material, the author and publishers express their cordial appreciation and thanks to Little, Brown & Company for selections from "Children of History, Early Times,” and “Children of History, Later Times," by Mary S. Hancock, and “Christie," from "Mischief's Thanksgiving,” by Susan Coolidge; to The Youth's Companion for selections from “Our Country: East” and “Our Country: West;" to the Frederick A. Stokes Company for a selection from "The Stokes Wonder Book;" to John R. Murphy for one of John Boyle O'Reilly's poems; to the A. S. Barnes Company for two selections from “Legends of The Rhine," by H. A. Guerber; to the Century Company for "The Brighton Cats," from “The Land of Pluck,” by Mary Mapes Dodge; to Harper & Brothers for two poems by Mrs. Sangster; to Horace Traubel for two poems by Walt Whitman; to Hurst & Company for a selection from “Highways and Holidays;" to the Crowell Publishing Company for "The Friendly Summer Trees,” by Frank A. Waugh in The Women's Home Companion; to D. C. Heath & Company for "The Cripple Boy and The Horse," from "Heroes and Greathearts,” by John T. Dale; to Small, Maynard & Company for "The TaxGatherer," from "A Selection From the Verses of John B. Tabb," made by Alice Meynell; to the W. B. Conkey Company for a selection from “Traveler's