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PUBLIC SCHOOL SERIES

FIRST READER

The development of the heart is EDUCATION; that of the intellect is INSTRUCTION.

JEAN PAUL

STRAHAN & co.
56 LUDGATE HILL, LONDON

1873

FIRST READER.

THE TWO BIRDS.

green sweet breath

heard
thought
judge

please brown wrong

A LARK and a green-finch were hung up at a man's door. The lark sang a sweet song, and as it sang, the man's son, a boy of nine, heard it. “ Which of these two," thought he, "sings such a sweet song? I must see it.” To please him, his papa took both the birds down, and said, “Now, here are both—which do you think sings such a sweet song ?” The boy did not take a breath to think of it, and fix it in his mind. “It must be the one that is such a nice green. You may be sure it cannot be that brown one; it is so plain !” But he was wrong. Don't judge of things by their looks.

NOTE.— This reader begins with words of ONE SYLLABLE and passes to 'words of TWO SYLLABLES farther on. Some Riddles are given, as in German Readers, to quicken thought in the children.

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