A Little Journey to Puerto Rico: For Intermediate and Upper Grades

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A. Flanagan Company, 1900 - Puerto Rico - 95 pages
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This small book was written to serve as an introduction for American children to the history, culture, and society of Puerto Rico at the turn of the century. It is clearly written and contains maps, illustrations and anecdotes intended to hold the interest of English-language readers, ages 10 to 15. In spite of its age, the book is still informative. The author's narrative is accurate, vivid and detailed and gives the reader a excellent snapshot of Puerto Rican life and culture before the introduction of North American influences. Recommended for all ages.
 

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Page 94 - Such were the isles which happy Flaccus sung, Where one tree blossoms while another bears, Where spring forever gay, and ever young, Walks her gay round through her unceasing years. Such were the climes...
Page 94 - Yet all about the breezy shore, Unheedful of the glow, Look how the children of the south Are passing to and fro. What noble forms ! what fairy place ! Cast anchor in this cove, Push out the boat, for in this land A little we must rove...
Page 95 - But chief the glory of these Indian isles Springs from the sweet, uncloying sugar-cane: Hence comes the planter's wealth, hence commerce sends Such floating piles, to traverse half the main.
Page 95 - O shun the dangerous tree, nor touch, like Eve, This interdicted fruit, in Eden's ground. The lowly mangrove fond of watery soil, The white-barked gregory, rising high in air, The mastic in the woods you may descry, Tamarind, and lofty bay-trees flourish there.
Page 94 - 11 wander on through wood and field, We '11 sit beneath the vine ; We '11 drink the limpid cocoa-milk, And pluck the native pine. The bread-fruit and cassada-root, And many a glowing berry, Shall be our feast ; for here, at least, Why should we not be merry ! For...
Page 93 - tis a long and narrow cloud, Betwixt the sea and sky. " 'Tis land ! 'tis land !" they cry once more — And now comes breathing on An odour of the living earth, Such as the sea hath none. But now I mark the rising shores ! — The purple hills ! — the trees ! Ah ! what a glorious land is here, What happy scenes are these ! See, how the tall Palms lift their locks From mountain clefts, — what vales, Basking beneath the noon-tide sun, That high and hotly sails. Yet all about the breezy shore, Unheedful...
Page 95 - Sweet verdant isle! through thy dark woods I rove, And learn the nature of each native tree, The fustic hard, the poisonous manchineel, Which for its fragrant apple pleaseth thee...
Page 92 - YES ! let us mount this gallant ship ; Spread canvas to the wind — Up ! we will seek the glowing South — Leave care and cold behind. Let the shark pursue through the waters blue Our flying vessel's track ; Let strong winds blow, and rocks below Threaten, — we turn not back. Trusting in Him who holds the sea In his Almighty hand, We pass the awful waters wide — Tread many a far-off strand.
Page 93 - Sea ! old Sea, who yet knows half Of thy wonders and thy pride ? Look how the sea-plants trembling float All like a mermaid's locks, Waving in thread of ruby red Over those nether rocks. Heaving and sinking, soft and fair, Here hyacinth — there green, With many a stem of golden growth, And starry flowers between.
Page 93 - But oh, the South ! the balmy South ! How warm the breezes float ! How warm the amber waters stream From off our basking boat ! Come down, come down from the tall ship's side, — What a marvellous sight is here ! Look ! purple rocks and crimson trees, Down in the deep so clear. See ! where those shoals of dolphins go, A glad and glorious band, Sporting amongst the roseate woods Of a coral fairy-land.

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