Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Basket Woman: a Book of Fanciful Indian Tales for Children

Title The Basket Woman: a Book of Fanciful Tales for Children

Author Mary Hunter Austin
Publisher Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1904
Length 220 pages
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Chin: Our Little Siamese Cousin/Google Books

Title Chin: Our Little Siamese Cousin
The Little Cousin Series
Author Mary Hazelton Blanchard Wade
Illustrated by Lewis Jesse Bridgman
Publisher L.C. Page, 1912
Length 110 pages
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Gabriel and the Hour Book/Google Books

Title Gabriel and the Hour Book

Author Evaleen Stein
Publisher L.C. Page & Company, 1906
Length 173 pages
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Yesterday's Classics, 2005 - Fiction - 100 pages
Relates the story of the making of an "hour book" as a wedding gift from King Louis of France to Lady Anne of Brittany and the good fortune it brought to little Gabriel, Brother Stephen's color grinder. Inspired by the bunch of violets and cuckoo-buds Gabriel brings into the workroom, Brother Stephen conceives a new idea for an illuminated border. Instead of painting the border with scrolls and birds and flowers in the conventional way, he would decorate the book with borders of gold on which he would paint in realistic fashion the meadow wildflowers, and bees and butterflies, and all the little flying creatures. As Brother Stephen's color grinder, Gabriel makes the ink, grinds the gold, gathers the flowers, and prepares the colors for him. After the book is completed, Gabriel slips into the book a sheet on which he has penned a prayer to Lady Anne: "I, Gabriel Viaud, am Brother Stephen's colour-grinder; and I have made the ink for this book, and the glue, and caught the eels, and ground the gold and colours, and ruled the lines and gathered the flowers for the borders, and so I pray the Lord God will be kind and let my father out of prison in Count Pierre's castle, and tell Count Pierre to give us back our meadow and sheep, for we cannot pay the tax, and mother says we will starve." How his prayer is answered unfolds in the ensuing chapters. Evaleen Stein brings the medieval world to life for younger students through her stories set in the Middle Ages. A century ago when this book was first published, a reviewer in the Louisville Daily Courier wrote, "No works in juvenile fiction contain so many of the elements that stir the hearts of children and grown-ups as well as do the stories soadmirably told by this author."

Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic /Project Gutenberg

Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic by Olive Thorne Miller, 1906

Short stories for the very young.

Top-of-the-World Stories for Boys and Girls/Internet Archives

Poulsson, Emilie, and others, 1916
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Short stories and fables.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Eighth Reader, the Introduction to Literature/Google Books

Title Eighth Reader, the Introduction to Literature
Authors Franklin Thomas Baker, Ashley Horace Thorndike
Publisher Macmillan Co., 1918
Length 415 pages
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Friday, December 17, 2010

First Spanish Reader: with Grammatical and Conversational Exercises

Title First Spanish Reader: with Grammatical and Conversational Exercises(seventh - eighth grades)
Author Aurelio Macedonio Espinosa
Publisher B.H. Sanborn & Co., 1920
Length 265 pages
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

December Multi-grade Stories and Lessons/Google Books and Others

Seventh Grade December Ethics Lessons

Children's December Picture Study(Holy Family) (very short)

Children's 1916 Christmas Memory Gem(early elementary)

December Christmas Picture Study
(long, pages 56-73): Corregio, Murillo, and others

Early Elementary Short Story: The Legend of Saint Christopher and the Christ Child

A Free Printable Christmas(Story of Christ) Unit Study 

The Princess's Pearls - a young spoiled girl learns the true meaning of Christmas.

Children's Christmas Cut and Pastes 

Poinsettia Study(elementary school)

Christmas Bells Poem

Children's Christmas Cut-out Bible Story

Christmas Themed Fifth and Sixth Grade Children's Literature/Google Books

Baldwin Online Christmas Stories(numerous)

Easy Star Lessons-December

Handbook of Nature Study: for Teachers and Pupils in Elementary Schools/December Birds in Northern States

A Second Reader: Designed to Teach Animated, Expressive, Oral Reading/December readings pages 67-86.

Sunday Morning in the Kindergarten, pages 142-153: Birth of Jesus, Story of the Shepherds, and The Wisemen.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Lessons - Early Elementary - Middle School

Thanksgiving and Christmas Lessons - High School.

Stories and Legends of Winter, Christmas, and New Year's Day(The Pearl Story Book)

Elementary Geography, "Zones and Their Boundaries(December)"

With Mr.Pickwick at Christmas, eighth grade reader

Poulsson, Emilie: A Legend of Mercy (Top of the World Series). 

Miller, Mrs. H.: Christmas in a Baggage Car, Lottie's Christmas Tree (Kristy's Rainy Day Picnics). 

Christmas and New Year in Mexico, Metropolitan magazine, 1906

Las Posadas(Mexican Christmas festival), Boys' Life, 1974, readable online only - two page article with color photos.

The Christmas Tree, The Basket Woman: a Book of Fanciful Indian Tales for Children
By Mary Hunter Austin.

......more later.

All Google Books are linked in HTML, so pages may be printed, if desired. Simply right click of the image of the pages at the links, and save.

Twenty-Four Unusual Stories for Boys and Girls(short classics)/Project Gutenburg

Twenty-Four Unusual Stories for Boys and Girls, 1921.

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Includes authors such as: Hans Christian Andersen, Rev. Jay T. Stocking, Howard Pyle, and Joseph Jacobs.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

(Month by Month)Nature Study in Elementary Schools: First Reader‎/Google Books

Title Nature Study in Elementary Schools: First Reader
Author Lucy Langdon Williams Wilson
Publisher Macmillan, 1899
Length 253 pages
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Historical Reader for Schools/Google Books

Title A Historical Reader
Author Henry Elliot Shepherd
Publisher D. Appleton and Co., 1888

Interesting narratives touching upon American and European historical figures.

New Download Page at Google Books

Instead of having the button for the download in the upper right corner on the main page for each book, there is now a link to the Google Ebook reader. To download the books to PDF or view in Plain Text, click to any page within the book. The download button for PDF and the Plain Text view will be in the upper right hand corner on any page view.  Maybe this was just an oversight, and they will add a download button back to the main overview page.

The Boston Tea Party, December 1773(Illustrated Story)/Google Books

Title The Boston Tea Party, December 1773
Authors H. W. McVickar, Josephine Pollard
Publisher Dodd, Mead & company, 1882
Length 32 pages

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Baby World Stories, Rhymes, and Pictures for Little Folks/Google Boooks

Title Baby World Stories, Rhymes, and Pictures for Little Folks
Author Mary Mapes Dodge
Published 1886

Written in syllabication for early readers.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Studies in Reading: Seventh Grade/Google Books

Title Studies in Reading: Seventh Grade
Authors J. W. Searson, George Ellsworth Martin
Publisher University Publishing Co., 1914
Length 371 pages

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Achievements of Celebrated Men/Google Books

Title Achievements of Celebrated Men
Author James Parton
Publisher J. B. Alden, 1883
Length 841 pages