Peter and Polly in Spring

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American Book Company, 1915 - Readers (Primary) - 176 pages
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Eight year old Polly Howe and her brother Peter enjoy many activities in the spring such as tapping their maple trees for sugar, picking flowers, making mud pies, and picnicking.

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This book is an excellent first chapter book. The language is relatively simple without being condescending or pedantic. The stories reflect what life was like in Vermont in the early 20th century. The adults are the way we all might aspire to be when interacting with children, and the children are perhaps a bit better behaved than average without being too good or saccharine. 

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Page 47 - TIME TO RISE A BIRDIE with a yellow bill Hopped upon the window sill, Cocked his shining eye and said: "Ain't you 'shamed, you sleepy-head!
Page 4 - ... ambitious and lifted by force of youthful sap straight above the hedgerow to sink of its own weight presently and progress with crafty tendrils ; swifts shot through the air with outstretched wings like crescent-headed shaftless arrows darted from the clouds ; the chaffinch with a feather in her bill ; all the living staircase of the spring, step by step, upwards to the great gallery of the summer — let me watch the same succession year by year.

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