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THE ECLECTIC EDUCATIONAL SERIES.
WISCONSIN. From HON. J. L. PICKARD, State Supt. of Public Instruction, Wis. The books I have recommended below, [McGuffey's New READERS Rar's ARITHMETICS, Pinneo's GRAMMAR, and White's Class-Book or GEOGRAPHY,) are such as commend themselves to my judgment. I would advise their adoption in all schools where no uniformity at present exists.
KANSAS. From HON. WM. R. GRIFFITH, State Supt. of Public Instruction, Kan.
I recommend McGUFFEY's New Eco ECTIC SERIES OF READERS, SPEAKERS, and SPELLER, and Ray's SERIES OF ARITHMETICS and ALGEBRAS to the favorable consideration of the Teachers of our Public Schools. These works possess real merit, and I trust they will be approved by the citizens of the State generally. I have spent a week in examining McGuffey's Series, and I most heartily commend them.
I have also, after careful examination, concluded to recommend PinNEO's SERIES OF GRAMMARS. I have endeavored to examine the most popular works on the subject of Grammar, as a teacher rather than as a critic, and, in so doing, have been compelled to give my preference to Pinneo's. The early introduction of analysis, and the abundant blackboard exèrcises provided, make Pinneo's Grammars very practical works.
From Rev. BISHOP CLARK, D. D., formerly Editor of the Ladies'
Repository. I have had frequent occasion, during the past few years, to examine and reëxamine the ECLECTIC EDUCATIONAL SERIES. Taken as a whole, they are unquestionably the best issued by any house in America. The popularity enjoyed by the ECLECTIC SERIES rests upon the substantial basis of merit.
From I. W. ANDREWS, D. D., President of Marietta College. I have examined carefully McGuffey's ECLECTIC READERS, and am prepared to speak of them in terms of unqualified commendation. They appear to me to combine more excellences than any other readers with which I am acquainted.
The favorable opinion I had formed of them from examination has been confirmed by the use of them in my own family. I was really charmed with them, and so were my children. I do not believe better books for this purpose were ever prepared : I have never seen any as good
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year Eighteen Hundred and Fifty-Eight, by Winthrop B. Smith, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of Ohio.
1 Many lessons in this volume are copyright property, and their use by others not permitted. See paragraph 7 of preface.
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THE EXERCISES in this volume are from a great variety of the very best sources of American and English literature. They have been selected with reference to purity of sentiment, beauty of style, real eloquence, interest and instructiveness of matter, and, especially, their adaptation to instruction in declamation and reading.
The peculiarities of this work are the following.
1. Every exercise may be appropriately used both for reading and speaking.
2. The exercises are very short. A great fault of most books of this kind is, that the extracts are too long for declamation, and the judgment and patience of the teacher much taxed in modifying them.
3. Many of the speeches and dialogues are so prepared, and arranged in a connected series, that either one of them may be spoken alone, or any number of them in connection, thus leaving it at the option of the teacher to make the exercise long or short.
4. Prefixed to all the exercises which need it, is such explanation of the matter, or of the circumstances connected with the subject, or such information with regard to the author, as will render the extract intelligible and interesting. Learners are too often required to declaim what they do not understand.
5. The Elementary Principles of reading and speaking are very fully explained and illustrated. The directions and exercises, especially on the management and culture of the voice, and the remarks on gesture, all of which are particularly important to the speaker, have been prepared with great care, and are in accordance with the best American and English authors.
6. A highly elevated tone of religious and moral sentiment has been carefully secured throughout. This is esteemed especially important,
although many popular school books contain matter very objectionable in this respect.
7. Great liberty has been taken with the exercises introduced into this book. This was found necessary, in order to adapt them to the purpose for which they are here designed. Many articles have been entirely remodeled, and, to a considerable extent, rewritten. This has required much labor and thought, and renders them properly copy right property. For this reason, the credits are expressed as "from" the author camed.