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I picked this book up at a rummage sale. Absolutely delightful! While it was written in 1913, it brought me back to my own third grade experience in reading and writing, probably about 1943. It's a wonderful experience in reading for pleasure, learning grammar, and exercising imagination. A perfect primer for making the transition from rote to comprehension. The book was originally accompanied by a teacher's guide, which was probably unnecessary, since the method is essentially self-taught. The book is divided into stories, musings, poems, and fairy tales, with a decidedly victorian bent. The full page picture panels are so romantic, catching the essence of the era. Especially for anyone who is graying, this will bring pleasant memories of a different time. I treasure my colored/scribbled and annotated copy of this great schoolbook.