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Parables from Nature

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"Parables from Nature" by Margaret Scott Gatty utilizes the Charlotte Mason method of instruction, which is preferred by many homeschooling families. "Parables from Nature" weaves interesting facts from nature and science into the stories. The collection includes all 29 stories from the first, second, third, and fourth series, originally published in separate volumes.The s ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published April 10th 2006 by Yesterday's Classics (first published January 1st 1903)
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I cannot say enough about Parables from Nature by Margaret Scott Gatty. What a treasure! Mrs. Gatty wrote with a wonderful prose style, and included many encouraging morals which are a joy to share with children. The stories , which seek to uncover God’s craftsmanship in the natural world, are challenging, rich and complex. The writing and vocabulary are quite sophisticated, making it best for children in third grade or higher. I find the book challenging and enjoyable as an adult. It's a great ...more
Classical British educator Charlotte Mason recommended this book for her students. The language is rich and difficult for most children younger than 8 yrs of age. The depth of thought in this book is profound and worth reading aloud to your children and discussing together. It is a book that offers insight into the natural world, but the deeper spiritual issues embedded within are what give it special worth. I would give it a four if I could recommend every story in it, but some stories are just ...more
Some great metaphors, but too heavy-handed for my taste and the tales are long. I need to break them up more next year if we're going to make it through this one.
I have a 1906, harback edition of this book. I love these stories. Some are a bit difficult for Jaimey to grasp but they bless ME each time we read them.
Whitney Townsend
These are easily the most challenging reading for our school work (second grade) this year. It really stretches attention and comprehension.
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The more I read, the more I'm loving this book! Beautiful, lovely stories to prepare a child's character. No twaddle here!
Michael Haus
This is a short and funny collection of nature tales. It is an older classic, but nature stories never age like other books do!
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This appears to be the 1908 Everyman's Library edition, edited by Ernest Rhys. It was my father's when he was a boy.
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Sometimes published as Mrs. Alfred Gatty, Margaret Scott Gatty.

Born in 1809 in Burnham on Crouch, Essex, Margaret Scott was the daughter of the Rev. Alexander John Scott, D.D., a naval chaplain who served with Lord Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar. She married the Rev. Alfred Gatty, a Church of England vicar, and an author, in 1839. Some of their children also published as authors: noted chil
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