American Annals of Education (1828), Volume 3

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General Books, 2009 - 572 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...and Reading, and the Pronunciation of Walker's Critical Pronouncing Dictionary; all made easy by the Arrangement and Division of Words, and by an improved use of Figures and Letters. By Hall J. Kelley, A. M. Author of the Instructer, First Book. Second Edition. Boston. Lincoln & Edmands. 1826. 12mo. pp. 168. We have taken occasion more than once to mention our regret that spelling-books, as commonly compiled, offer so little assistance to the minds of children--that they abound in columns of detached and often unintelligible words; and that they sometimes contain an unnecessary portion of grammar and of difficult and uninteresting reading lessons. In the last two of these defects this volume rather exceeds. It possesses, however, several excellent points. It refers in a distinct manner, and on proper occasions, to principles of orthoepy mentioned and numbered in the beginning of the book. It furnishes also a dictionary to several of the more difficult reading lessons. Comparing this spelling-book with that of Mr. Emerson, mentioned formerly, we should prefer the latter for its greater simplicity, for its restriction chiefly to orthoepy, and its practical and unambitious character. We still must express our hope, however, that a more useful work than any of those hitherto produced in this department, will be compiled. This result will be obtained, when an editor shall be found, willing to publish a book of this sort, containing fewer words by several thousands than it has been customary to introduce, --restricting his book to shorter and easier words, and inserting none in columns which have not previously been presented in simple and intelligible reading lessons. The meaning of the words might be given along with the orthography and orthoepy; and...

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