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THE HEATH READERS

SIXTH READER

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"A book which hath been culled from the
flowers of all books.” — GEORGE ELIOT.

D. C. HEATH & CO. . PUBLISHERS
BOSTON. NEW YORK • CHICAGO . LONDON

Harvard University, EducT799.03 45466) Dopt. of Education Library,

ift of the Publishers,

TRANSFERRED TO
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

THE

HEATH READERS

COMPRISE

A PRIMER
FIRST READER
SECOND READER

Third Reader
FOURTH READER
FIFTH READER
SIXTH READER

COPYRIGHT, 1903, BY D. C. HEATH & COMPANY.

PREFACE

This book is intended for the use of pupils who have completed the work of the fifth reader grade. Such pupils have mastered the mechanical difficulties connected with reading, have acquired a taste for good literature, and are able to read with good expression. It is the purpose of this reader to continue, through the use of appropriate material, the training given in the earlier grades, and to aid in the development of the growing powers of the pupil.

A Sixth Reader should lead boys and girls to a knowledge of the standard literary possessions of intelligent people. It is believed that this book offers unusual facilities of this kind, and in a way that will prove a delight both to teacher and pupil.

There are two principles of grading which should determine the order and development of a reading book. The first is based upon the difficulties of vocabulary and of sentence structure. The second has to do with the difficulties of the subjectmatter itself, and with the maturity of mind needful for its appreciation. In grading the present book both of these principles have been heeded.

As in the earlier books in the Heath Series of Readers, prominence has been given to selections that afford opportunity for training in natural and appropriate vocal expression. Good oral reading need not be one of the lost arts, though it requires careful training and much practice.

The Sixth Reader, like the other books in this series, represents the best thought and skill of a goodly number of persons notable for their success as writers of books for children, their

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