VOLUME FIVE, OVER THE HILLS-(Cover Painting by J. Allen St. John).
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Authors include Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benét, E. B. White, Johanna Spyri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Louisa May Alcott, Rudyard Kipling, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gudrun Thorne-Thomson, A. A. Milne, and others.
Selections include Abraham Lincoln, All About Columbus, How Robert Fulton Harnessed the Giant, Casey Jones, Charlotte's Web, The First Thanksgiving Day, George Washington and the First American Flag, Give Praise, Hiawatha's Childhood, In Columbus' Time, Jack and the Beanstalk, John Henry, Little Gulliver, The Nuremberg Stove, The Story of Tom Thumb, We Thank Thee, Why the Sea is Salt, Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright, Winnie-the-Pooh, and Others. (There are about 30 selections.)Published by the Book House for Children, Lake Bluff, Illinois.
Edited by Olive Beaupre Miller.
A green cloth hardcover (7 1/2" x 9") stamped in gold.
This is the 1963 edition and #5 in the series.
It is fully illustrated in color and in **VERY GOOD** condition.
Binding and pages are square and tight with light soiling.
Well illustrated by Dorothy Todd, MLH, Donn P Crane, and more.
Contents: William Cowper, Abraham Lincoln, Johanna Spyri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Louisa May Alcott, Casey Jones, Dick Whittington and his cat, John Gilpin, Jack and the Bean Stalk, Little Gulliver, and much more.
This beautiful set was edited by Mrs. Olive Kennan Beaupré Miller, who also wrote A Picturesque Tale of Progress and other books.
"In My BOOK HOUSE, I have tried to give children the best in literature, gathered from the greatest authors of the past and present, and from our rich heritage of old folk tales, told from generation to generation in every country in the world. But I have selected those stories with care. Avoiding those tales where evil traits of character, such as lying and cheating to gain one's ends, have been made to appear good, I have chosen only those where truly desirable qualities invite the child's admiration. I have tried also to grade all this material as wisely as possible, that the child might have the right story at the right age, and to put it forth so beautifully illustrated that it would be irresistable to him. Here, in these twelve volumes, adult and child can enter, hand-in-hand, a wonderful realm of imagination and beauty, portrayed in the best literary forms of verse and prose....
"The permanent value of My BOOK HOUSE arises from the fact that at the time of its inception, I had no pet theory of education to advance.... I was in search of fundamentals, simple fundamentals, which must remain eternally true. Chaos then existed and is, unfortunately, still permitted to exist, in the realm of reading for children. They were being given stories, ethically sound, all jumbled up with those where the ethical slant was bad, and stories for the older children were being read to the child when he was too young, overwhelming him with fright and confusion by presenting to him characters and situations far beyond his understanding at the moment. Out of this chaos I was trying to bring order, an order that could never be disturbed. So let me review a few basic principles, with which I emerged from my search and on which I built My BOOK HOUSE.
"First,--To be well equipped for life, to have ideas and the ability to express them, the child needs a broad background of familiarity with the best in literature.
"Second,--His stories and rhymes must be selected with care that he may absorb no distorted view of life and its actual values, but may grow up to be mentally clear about values and emotionally impelled to seek what is truly desirable and worthwhile in human living.
"Third,--The stories and rhymes selected must be graded to the child's understanding at different periods of his growth, graded as to vocabulary, as to subject matter and as to complexity of structure and plot.
"On those three simple fundamentals My BOOK HOUSE was built."
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