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This primer, first published in 1910, is intended for early readers, and for those who teach them. It has a relatively small vocabulary of just over 200 words, and presents nine classic stories: The Little Red Hen, The Gingerbread Boy, The Old Woman and the Pig, The Boy and the Goat, The Pancake, Chicken Licken, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Tuppens, and Little Spide ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Evertype
(first published June 22nd 2006)
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I appreciated the fact that this book has some very popular tales and are simple enough for beginner readers. While the lack of decent illustrations wasn't that bad, some of the tales were so inappropriate for beginner readers. I was reading one of the tales that talked about a woman asking for someone to hang a character. Ummm, no thank you.
This book is quite a departure from contemporary image saturated children's books -- and my son adores it. This book is meant to act as a simple primer for young readers, in the fashion of historically popular primers/readers used by generations past in their quest to learn to read. These short stories are classics, with sparse, simple illustrations. My three year old begs to read from this book and I never mind obliging him. Be aware that these classics haven't been sweetened, the gingerbread b ...more
Apr 27, 2016 F. Zahra rated it really liked it · review of another edition
A very useful Primer, little children reading these stories get the feel for reading real literature. As opposed to "twaddle" - however caution is advised, due to the outdated nature of the material the values/content presented at times is not suitable for modern sensibilities.