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Stories from Plato and Other Classic Writers. Twenty-seven stories adapted for young children from selections of works of classic writers of the ancient world. The stories were chosen by the author for their inspirational value, either 'because they contained fine moral points, or else because they were poetic statements of natural phenomena which might enhance the study of natural science.

Stories of Old Greece. Sixteen Greek myths, especially selected and carefully adapted for young listeners. Includes the stories of Arachne, Pandora, Clytie, Pandora, and a dozen other short myths. While the outlines of the stories come, for the most part, from the Roman poet Ovid, additional details are included to enhance their appeal to children. The story of Nearchus, who comes as a page to the court of King Philip of Macedon, where he befriends the young Alexander the Great.

In company with other boys, Nearchus and Alexander divide their time between lessons, and gymnastic and military drill. We follow them on an all-night tramp under one instructor and share their joy when their new tutor, Aristotle, arrives. The story revolves around the differing gifts of the boys and predictions about what fortune holds in store for each of them. Tanglewood Tales. Attractively illustrated by Willy Pogany. Streams of History: Ancient Greece.

Presents the chief geographical features of Greece and historical sketches of the life of the people at four stages of their development: Age of Homer, Persian Wars, Age of Pericles, and Age of Alexander the Great. Emphasizes Greece's growth to a land of great beauty. Shows Alexander's influence in spreading Hellenistic culture through Egypt and Asia. Famous Men of Greece. Attractive biographical sketches of thirty-five of the most prominent characters in the history of ancient Greece, from legendary times to its fall in B.

Each story is told in a clear, simple manner, and is well calculated to awaken and stimulate the youthful imagination. The Odyssey for Boys and Girls. Lively retelling of Homer's Odyssey, telling of the wanderings of Ulysses and his adventures with the giant Cyclops and the enchantress Circe as he makes his way home to his beloved Ithaca. There, after slaying the suitors who have been wooing his wife Penelope, he is reunited with his family after twenty long years.

The Iliad for Boys and Girls. Vigorous retelling of Homer's Iliad, relating the incidents of the great siege of Troy, from the quarrel of the chiefs to the ransoming of Hector's body. Our Young Folks' Plutarch. Fifty retellings from Plutarch's Lives skillfully adapted for children. Includes the conquests of Alexander the Great, how Demosthenes became an orator, the conspiracy against Caesar, the life of Lycurgus the law-giver of Sparta, the exploits of Pyrrhus and others. A child's first book of Greek tales containing many of the shorter myths retold with exceptional literary skill.

Relates the stories of Prometheus, who brought to earth the bright-eyed fire treasured by the gods; of Orpheus, best of harpers; of the cunning Daedalus; the ambitious Phaethon; Apollo and Diana, and other gods and heroes of the olden time. Vivid portrayal of the civic and home life of children in Athens during the reign of Pericles, when the art and architecture of ancient Greece were at their height. Through the eyes of Duris, son of the architect Phorion, and Hiero, son of the sculptor Hermippos, we experience the Greek culture of the times as we accompany them on their journey from home to market-place, wonder at the Acropolis, visit schools and studios, observe festivals, and participate in the Olympic games.

Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Greece. Through the eyes of a traveler to ancient Greece, we see how, by reason of geography, Greece became a land of city states. After examining several different city states and their land and naval forces, we watch all Greece come together for the Olympic games. Turning our attention to Athens, we marvel at the theatre, architecture, and sculpture of the age of Pericles.

Stories of the Ancient Greeks. Delightful collection of both mythological and historical stories of the ancient Greeks, in language simple enough for younger listeners, yet appealing to all ages. Provides an excellent introduction to ancient Greece, beginning with 32 of the best-known myths, and then continuing with 32 short stories of the historical era, arranged in chronological order. An extensive pronunciation guide is included.

Old Greek Stories. Delightful retelling in simple language of the stories of the old Greek mythological heroes, and their encounters with Jupiter and the other Olympians. While each story can be read independently, they can also be read as a continuous narrative, with one story leading to the next. A pronunciation guide and numerous illustrations accompany the text. Three Greek Children. During their sojourn there they learn much about Spartan customs and hear stories from Spartan history, which, when added to their personal experience of Athenian customs and stories of Athenian history, give a full picture of life in ancient Greece as children experienced it in the 5th century B.

Stories of the East from Herodotus. Engaging narrative of stories from the History of Herodotus, recounting the tale of Croesus and the Fall of Sardis, chronicling the careers of Cyrus and Cambyses, and, finally, documenting Darius's rise to power. The author's The Story of the Persian War continues the account. Includes numerous black and white illustrations from ancient frescoes and sculptures.

The Story of the Persian War. Stirring account of the Greeks' encounters with the Persians in the 5th century B. Illustrations from sculptures and vases accompany the text. The Heroes. Stories of the heroes of ancient Greece, told in fine poetic prose. By preserving the Greek spirit in the retelling of these myths, Kingsley gives us plain strength and seriousness, courage, steadfastness, and beauty.

Dozens of attractive illustrations by T. Robinson enliven the text. Jataka Tales. Eighteen fables from the Jatakas of India, skillfully retold and attractively illustrated. Thirty-four animal fables ably retold from the Panchatantra of India. Originally written in Sanskrit, tradition attributes the fables to Bidpai, an Indian sage, who, as legend has it, wrote them to instruct the king in moral wisdom. The king was delighted with the gentle wisdom and humor of the fables, which continue to be enjoyed by children to this day.

Attractive black and white illustrations complement the text. The Book of Fables and Folk Stories. A choice collection of old folk tales and fables, attractively arranged and illustrated. Between each of the longer tales appear several short fables, offering a varied reading experience for the young reader for whom it is intended. More Jataka Tales.

Twenty-one more fables from the Jataka tradition of India, compiled at the request of children captivated by the charm of the stories in Jataka Tales, retold by the same author and illustrated by the same artist. Indian Fables. An appealing collection of more than a hundred Indian fables that are delightful as well as short, pithy, and ingenious.

Each fable has its separate moral in prose or rhyme; these are often epigrams of the shrewdest kind, full of wit and subtlety. Most of these fables are likely to be new to the majority of readers. In the characters of animals the same rules are observed as in Western fables. As the symbol of strength, the lion or, in one or two instances, the tiger is king, the fox is the symbol of cunning, the bear of inert power, the wolf of ferocity, the owl of assumed wisdom, and so forth.

The Story of Rome. A vivid account of the story of Rome from the earliest times to the death of Augustus, retold for children, chronicling the birth of a city and its growth through storm and struggle to become a great world empire. Gives short accounts of battles and campaigns, and of the men who expanded the borders of the Roman empire to include all lands bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Famous Men of Rome.

Attractive biographical sketches of twenty-eight of the most prominent characters in the history of ancient Rome, from its founding to its fall. Includes most of the best known characters from the kingdom and republic of Rome, as well as the most prominent personages from the imperial age. Story of the early days of Rome, beginning with the flight of Aeneas from Troy and his landing in Latium, continuing with the rivalry of Romulus and Remus, and culminating in the founding of Rome.

Julius Caesar. A stirring account of one of the most controversial figures in history, who, driven by ambition, rose to power in ancient Rome. Relates how Caesar, one of the three greatest generals in the ancient world, used his many victories on the battlefield to build his power base in Rome, then how he increased his popularity and won over many of his rivals through diplomacy, before being assassinated in the Roman Senate on the Ides of March in 44 B. Stories from Ancient Rome. Stories of the early days of Rome, from the time of the kings through the establishment of the republic and its struggles with other peoples on the Italian peninsula, and concluding with the wars with Carthage.

The Aeneid for Boys and Girls.

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Relates in vigorous prose the tale of Aeneas, the legendary ancestor of Romulus, who escaped from the burning city of Troy and wandered the Mediterranean for years before settling in Italy. Patterned after the Iliad and the Odyssey, the Aeneid was composed as an epic poem by Virgil, to glorify the imperial city of Rome. Stories from Livy. Tales of early Roman history drawn from the greatest of Roman historians, and admirably retold by Alfred J.

Features stories of the founding of Rome, the expulsion of kings, and the early days of the republic. Through the story of Marcus and his growth to manhood in the closing days of the Roman Republic, we discover much about life and customs in ancient Rome. We accompany Marcus as he learns his lessons in school, joins his father on a trip to the Senate, pays a visit to his father's farm, and watches the triumph of a victorious general. The crowning moment comes when Marcus assumes the toga, the mark of a Roman citizen. The Story of the Romans. Elementary history of Rome, presenting short stories of the great heroes, mythical and historical, from Aeneas and the founding of Rome to the fall of the western empire.

Around the famous characters of Rome are graphically grouped the great events with which their names will forever stand connected. Vivid descriptions bring to life the events narrated, making history attractive to the young, and awakening their enthusiasm for further reading and study. Streams of History: Ancient Rome. Presents the geography of Italy and the life of Rome at three different periods of her growth: her infancy, her strong manhood, and her old age.

Relates how Rome in her early years established herself in Italy, then engaged in conflict with Carthage, her most powerful neighbor and enemy, and finally extended her power all around the Mediterranean, giving to the world peace, law and order, and making unconsciously a highway both for Greek culture and for Christianity to spread to the West.

An account of the life of the famous Carthaginian general who acquired distinction as a warrior by his desperate contests with the Romans. This lively treatment of the Punic Wars graphically depicts Hannibal's crossing of the Alps with his elephants, the battles he waged in Italy, his eventual defeat, and the ultimate destruction of Carthage. The Children's Plutarch: Tales of the Romans. Collection of stories of ancient Romans skillfully adapted from Plutarch's Lives, with emphasis placed on the characters of the individuals portrayed. Excellent as an introduction to the biographies of Plutarch.

Stories from the History of Rome. Stories from the history of Rome for the youngest children, selected with a view to illustrating the two sentiments most characteristic of Roman life: duty to parents and duty to country. Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Rome. An introduction to the ancient city of Rome, its early history, and how its geographical position helped it become the seat of the Roman Empire.

Traveling to the city in A. And finally we learn that the secret to Rome's greatness is discipline, inculcated in her citizens by military training and held up as an ideal in both home and civic life. The Burning of Rome. Vivid story of Rome in the days of Nero, beginning with the burning of the city, seemingly ordered by Nero himself.

The narrative revolves around a set of characters who suffer acutely in the cruel persecutions of the Christians, set in motion by Nero after the fire to deflect blame for the conflagration from himself and fasten it on the Christians. Through the story of Hanno, a boy of Carthage, we gain insight into the Carthaginians, a nation of sea-farers and traders, who amassed so much wealth and power that they became Rome's arch enemy.

We follow Hanno on a voyage to the Tin Islands and the Baltic, then on a series of adventures at home in Carthage, and finally his exploits with Hannibal in Spain and Italy. For the Children's Hour. A choice collection of stories for the preschool child, carefully selected, adapted, and arranged by two veteran kindergarten teachers. Includes nature stories, holiday stories, fairy tales and fables, as well as stories of home life. Emphasis is placed on fanciful tales for their value in the training of the imagination and on cumulative tales for developing a child's sense of humor and appealing to his instinctive love of rhyme and jingle.

Mother Stories. Seventeen stories ideally suited for kindergarten children who take great interest in lively stories about familiar things, especially those that include rhyme and repetition as these stories do. Within each story is a subtle moral, pleasing to children and not at all obtrusive. More Mother Stories. Twenty more delightful stories for kindergarten children about the commonplace things they care about most, with enough rhyme and repetition to keep them begging for more.

Most of the stories in this book revolve around animals of the barnyard, with a sprinkling of stories of everyday doings. Two Christmas stories conclude the volume. Little Folks' Land. This delightful book for young listeners awakens children's interest in the world around them through the story of Joe-Boy and how he grew from a baby in a gipsy camp to become an active member of society. We hear first about how Joy-Boy's house is built and furnished, and how his clothes are made.

Then we watch Joe-Boy's circle broaden to include the pets he cares for, the wild animals he observes, and the friends he makes. Includes an especially fine group of nature stories. An ideal introduction to a longer narrative for children of kindergarten age. Kindergarten Gems. A full collection of stories and rhymes for the youngest listeners. In addition to the usual fairy tales, folk tales, and fables, there are numerous stories about animals, tales of everyday doings, and stories of the seasons.

The material is conveniently arranged in groups, with several stories and rhymes for each holiday and season throughout the year. The Sandman: His Farm Stories. Twenty-one stories of the everyday doings of Little John around the farm: fetching water, grinding corn, making cider, growing wheat, boiling maple syrup, and so on. The Sandman: More Farm Stories. Twenty-one more stories about Little John working and playing on the farm, engaged in such activities as tending animals, growing corn, and chopping wood, or fishing, skating, and sledding.

Second volume in a series of a stories created by a father to induce a certain little boy to go to sleep. For nearly three years his one listener heard them repeated many times, and his interest never flagged. As the farm stories slowly grew in number, eventually to fill two volumes, they entirely displaced the other stories, and that farm became as real in the mind of his listener as it was in fact when little John was driving the cows or planting the corn in the early part of the nineteenth century.

The Sandman: His House Stories. Thirteen stories of Little David who befriends the men building a house next door and participates in the action from the digging of the foundation to the laying of the shingles. The Fairy Book. One of the earliest collections of fairy tales from different countries, first published in Carefully selected and rendered anew in language close to the oral tradition. Includes old English tales, such as Jack the Giant-killer and Tom Thumb, as well as German stories from Grimm, and French tales of Perrault and Madame d'Aulnoy, and many other delightful and time-honored fairy tales.

Numerous black and white illustrations by Louis Rhead complement the text. The Blue Fairy Book. A favorite collection of the best-known fairy tales, drawn from the folklore of many nations. It is the first and one of the best volumes in the series of colored fairy books produced by Andrew Lang at the turn of the twentieth century. Like the other volumes in the series, it includes engaging black and white illustrations that enliven the text.

The King of the Golden River. A fairy tale of what happened to two men who tried to get rich in evil ways and of how the fortune they sought came to their younger brother, whose kind and loving heart prompted him to right action. Widely regarded as a masterpiece of 19th century stories for children. Includes four black and white illustrations by Maria L.

The King of Ireland's Son. A romance of unusual beauty and simplicity, having all the traditional elements of the folk tale and all its magic and wonder. In vigorous and rhythmic prose, the author recounts the adventurous wooing of Fedelma, the enchanter's daughter, by the King of Ireland's son, and relates the many strange adventures they had on their journey home, weaving many short tales from the Gaelic tradition into the fabric of the narrative. A book of uncommon beauty in form and content, with illustrations and decorations in black and white by Willy Pogany. In Story-land.

A collection of fifteen original stories ideally suited for young children. Each of the stories features a light-filled being whose radiance illumines the path for those who follow. Meant to be suggestive to the parent or teacher of the types of stories that can be told to children to inspire them to grow in goodness. West African Folk-Tales. A delightful collection of folk tales from West Africa including 18 Anansi tales, as well as 17 others. Includes the story of how the tales came to be called Anansi tales.

In the olden days all the stories which men told were stories of Nyankupon, the chief of the gods. Spider wanted the stories to be about him. Nyankupon agreed, on one condition, namely that he bring him three things: a jar full of live bees, a boa-constrictor, and a tiger. How Anansi contrived to achieve all these tasks is related in the opening story. A Child's Book of Stories. A choice collection of favorite fairy tales, to delight children of all ages. The 86 stories selected for this collection include folk tales from England, Norway, and India, as well as the best fairy tales from Grimm, Andersen, and Perrault.

The volume also contains a handful of fables from Aesop and several tales from the Arabian Nights. The Fairy Ring. The authors read thousands of fairy tales to locate the best of the less familiar tales to include in this volume. Numerous black and white illustrations accompany the text.

The Wonder Clock. While drawing on German, English, and Scandinavian folk literature for many of his characters and plots, Pyle reworks the material in an imaginative way, crafting the tales in his own inimitable style. Equally engaging are the numerous woodcuts that accompany the stories and enliven the narrative. Granny's Wonderful Chair.

Seven fairy tales, set in an interesting framework in which are related the adventures of the little girl Snowflower and her magical chair at the court of King Winwealth. When Snow-flower, from her nook in the kitchen, said, "Chair of my grandmother, take me to the highest banquet hall," "instantly the chair marched in a grave and courtly fashion out of the kitchen, up the grand staircase, and into the highest hall. East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon. Twenty-two Norwegian folk tales, especially selected and carefully adapted for young readers.

A collection of stories that has delighted children for generations. Just So Stories. Fanciful explanations, that delight both young and old, of how some curious things came to be, including stories of how the elephant got his trunk, how the camel got his hump, and how the alphabet was invented. Our Island Story. A child's history of England from earliest legendary times delightfully retold. Beginning with the stories of Albion and Brutus, it relates all the interesting legends and hero tales in which the history of England abounds through the end of the reign of Queen Victoria.

In the Days of Alfred the Great. Story of the life of Alfred the Great, how at twenty-two he inherited a land overrun by savage pirates,—a restless, ignorant, defenseless land, and how he fought the Danes and restored the country to a condition of peace and safety. In the Days of William the Conqueror. Story of the life of William the Conqueror, telling of his boyhood in Normandy, beset by dangers, of his knighting by the King of France and of the after-deeds which made him famous, including the conquest of England.

In the Days of Queen Elizabeth. Story of the life of Queen Elizabeth, the famous English sovereign who guided the ship of state with consummate skill through the troubled waters of the latter half of the sixteenth century. Includes stories of English voyages of exploration and the defeat of the Spanish armada. In the Days of Queen Victoria. Story of the life of Queen Victoria, a well-beloved woman who became queen at eighteen and for nearly 64 years wore the crown of Great Britain. Relates her training for the monarchy and the exemplary way she executed her duties, while managing a household of nine children.

Scotland's Story. A child's history of Scotland, from legendary days through the time when the kingdoms of Scotland and England were joined together. Relates in vigorous prose the thrilling exploits of the heroes and heroines who defended Scotland from its English invaders. Our Island Saints. Gentle stories of saints who lived their lives of service in the British Isles during the Middle Ages. Includes tales of St. Alban, St. Patrick, St. Bridget, St.


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Cuthbert, St. Columba, St. Margaret of Scotland, and others. Our Empire Story. Vivid and picturesque account of the principal events in the building of the British Empire. Traces the development of the British colonies from days of discovery and exploration through settlement and establishment of government. The Children of the New Forest. An engaging adventure story set in England during the time of the Civil War when King Charles was deposed and the Roundheads were vying with the Cavaliers.

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The central characters are the four children of staunch Royalist Colonel Beverley killed in battle while fighting for King Charles. Through the efforts of aged forester Jacob Armitage, the children escape the burning of their ancestral home and take up residence with him in his cottage in the New Forest. As his "grandchildren" they take eagerly to the peasant life and learn to provide for themselves by using their wits. The pitfall they build to trap cattle catches more than they bargain for, leading to one adventure after another. Against all odds they deftly maneuver through the treacherous landscape of the times, eventually recovering their family estate.

Tales from Shakespeare. First published in , these simple retellings of the plots of Shakespeare's plays have delighted generations of children, while serving as an excellent introduction to the dramas of our greatest playwright. Shakespeare's own language is used as much as possible to accustom children to the English of the Elizabethan age and so make easier their transition to the reading of the plays themselves. Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare. Twenty stories from Shakespeare retold in lively prose. The author makes the complex language of Shakespeare's greatest plays accessible to young children by relating the stories that form the core of the plays.

Her graceful, vivid retellings are the perfect introduction to Shakespeare's works. Hurlbut's Story of the Bible. A book which stands in such honor as the Bible should be known by all. And the time when one can most readily obtain a familiarity with the Bible is in early life. Those who in childhood learn the Story of the Bible are fortunate, for they will never forget it. In this unabridged and unedited edition you will find all the principal stories of the Bible, each one complete in itself, while together combining to form a continuous narrative. With stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, there is ample material for a full year of reading.

In God's Garden. Attractively illustrated. Saints and Heroes to the End of the Middle Ages. An excellent introduction to the history of the church through portraits of twenty of the most important saints and heroes of the faith from the third century A. The Early Church, from Ignatius to Augustine. An engaging introduction to the history of the early church from its emergence in the Mediterranean world dominated by Rome until the fall of Rome in the age of Augustine.

Relates the story of Christianity's struggle for life during the early days of persecution; the defence of the faith against prejudice, heresy, and rivalry; the Arian debate; the rise of monasticism in the east and in the west; and the influence of Ambrose, Chrysostom, and Augustine. The Pilgrim's Progress. The wonderful adventures of Christian, the Pilgrim, on the King's highway. How he passed the lions and fought a dragon; escaped from the prison of Giant Despair; visited the Palace Beautiful and the shepherds of the Delectable Mountain, and, crossing the dark river, entered in triumph the Celestial City.

One of the three great allegories of the world's literature, the experiences of the Christian life, cast into the form of a story of a man who journeyed from this world to the next, have fresh interest for each generation of readers. Richly adorned by the Rhead brothers with decorative borders and many elaborate full-page illustrations.

The Nursery Book of Bible Stories. Ideal introduction to the stories of the Bible for young children, including as it does those stories best suited for the youngest listeners, retold with rare literary skill. Dozens of attractive illustrations complement the text. Saints and Heroes Since the Middle Ages. An engaging introduction to the history of the church from the Reformation to modern times, taking up the story where Saints and Heroes to the End of the Middle Ages leaves off.

Relates the stories of 14 saints and heroes and the contributions they made to their faith traditions. Tales and Customs of the Ancient Hebrews. An engaging account of the way the ancient Hebrews lived, through the story of David, the shepherd boy. In clear and simple prose, presents details of the clothing they constructed, the tents they built, the food they harvested, and the music they enjoyed.

Additional information about their lives is shared through the stories of Moses, Ruth, and Joseph, that are told to David. The book concludes with David's encounter with Goliath and his friendship with Jonathan. God's Troubadour, The Story of St. Francis of Assisi. Relates how the gay, courtly young soldier became a knight of Jesus Christ, vowed devotion to Lady Poverty and proved himself the 'little brother' to all men and even to the birds and beasts. Streams of History: Early Civilizations. Gives glimpses of some of the most characteristic features of the countries and peoples in ancient times in the Near East: the early herders; those living in the two great river valleys-the Nile and the Tigro-Euphrates; and the Jews and Phoenicians living between these two valleys.

Emphasizes the ideas each culture contributed to the general historical stream. The Story of the Last Days of Jerusalem. Skillful retelling of Josephus's account of the revolt against Rome and the destruction of Jerusalem. Recounts the events leading up to the opening of the war with the Romans, Josephus's brave defense of Jotapata, its final capture and his escape from death, and finally the siege of Jerusalem, the burning of the temple, and the razing of the city.

Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt. An engaging journey through the land of ancient Egypt, in which we learn about the geography of the region and experience daily life through a visit to Thebes and the palace of the Pharaoh. Includes a description of the life of children in those long ago times as well as a couple of the wonder stories told to them. Chapters on Egyptian books and temples and tombs conclude the volume. The Story of the Chosen People. Elementary history of the Jews, from the time of Creation to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.

Most of the stories are drawn from the Bible, with supplementary material from Josephus and other authorities. Poems Every Child Should Know. An outstanding collection of poems that appeal to both boys and girls, compiled by a teacher who believed in the formative power of learning poetry by heart. They should store up an untold wealth of heroic sentiment; they should acquire the habit of carrying a literary quality in their conversation; they should carry a heart full of the fresh and delightful associations and memories connected with poetry hours to brighten mature years.

They should develop their memories while they have memories to develop. The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Robert Browning's well-known poem of the piper who piped a tune to rid the town of Hamelin of its rats, but when the townspeople refused the promised payment for his service, he played another tune altogether, prompting later generations to remember that they must not forget to pay the piper. Unusually attractive edition, elaborately illustrated with richly colored full page illustrations, along with numerous drawings and marginal decorations.

First volume of A Child's Own Book of Verse, a three-volume set planned for use during the four primary years. This unusually fine collection of poetry was selected with the child's interests in mind. Includes sound rhymes and jingles to appeal to the ear, descriptive poems to create images in the mind's eye, lullabies and lyrics to warm the heart, and story-telling poems to stir the imagination. Attractively illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham.

Second volume of A Child's Own Book of Verse, a three-volume set planned for use during the four primary years. Third volume of A Child's Own Book of Verse, a three-volume set planned for use during the four primary years. The Story of Europe.

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Presents the broader movements of European history, emphasizing the main factors which have gone into the formation and development of the various European states from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation. The history of England is included only when that country plays a prominent part in the politics of Europe. A full treatment of the period immediately following the fall of the Roman Empire is given, since that period provides the necessary key to future developments.

For smoother reading, dates are relegated to the margin for the most part. Maps, timelines, and genealogy charts of the various royal houses of Europe contribute to making this book an excellent resource for the study of the Middle Ages in Europe. Through the eyes of Rainolf, a boy at the court of Charlemagne, we catch a glimpse of life in the Frankish kingdom, including dress, occupations, and amusements.

We learn how Charlemagne brought Alcuin from England to establish schools in his kingdom and how he encouraged the development of the arts, including the recitation of poetry such as the Song of Roland. We hear about Einhard, a close associate of Charlemagne, who wrote a biography of him after his death. The Story of the Middle Ages. Relates the history of the Middle Ages simply, directly, and entertainingly. The material is well-arranged and the selection of topics is excellent.

Special attention is given to presenting the life of the people—peasant, noble, and court. A unique and valuable book. When Knights Were Bold. Spirited and interesting picture of life in castles and manors, monasteries and towns during the Middle Ages. The description of the customs of knights is especially full. Stories from the Crusades. Brings the Crusades to life through stories of its most famous participants. Through their eyes we see how, even with all their quarrels and failures, the men of the third crusade left a lasting record of gallant and heroic deeds.

Otto of the Silver Hand. A stirring tale of medieval Germany in the days of robber barons and deadly feuds. The kidnapping of Otto, his adventures among the rough soldiers, and his daring rescue, make for a spirited and thrilling story. The author says of his tale that it 'is of a little boy who lived and suffered in those dark middle ages; of how he saw both the good and the bad of men, and of how, by gentleness and love and not by strife and hatred, he came at last to stand above other men and to be looked up to by all.

Men of Iron. The thrilling story, set in England in the time of Henry IV, of how Myles Falworth advances to knighthood and through 'trial by battle' restores the fallen fortunes of his family. With breathless excitement, the reader follows the adventures of the hero, sympathizing with him in his troubles, fighting in his battles, and rejoicing in his good fortunes. Numerous illustrations by the author add to the attractiveness of the volume. Streams of History: The Middle Ages. Presents the geographical conditions of Europe and their influence on the development of the Teutonic ideal of individual liberty.

Then describes the influence of Christianity and the role of the monastery in preserving culture and setting high standards. Explains next how Roman, Christian, and Teutonic ideas mingled together in the development of Feudalism and the Feudal castle. Finally, relates how the crusades united the people of Western Europe in their first great enterprise and reopened the historical roadway to the arts, the ideas, and luxuries of the East. Heroes of the Middle Ages. Recounts the stories of the most important movements in the history of Europe during the Middle Ages and acquaints the reader with the most important figures in those scenes.

In the tapestry which the author weaves may be traced the history of the rise and fall of the various nationalities and the circum-stances and mode of life of each. A story of Normandy in the time of William the Conqueror, giving a vivid picture of manners and customs through the eyes of two boys of the court. Describes castle life, dress, amusements, training for knighthood, and other aspects of feudal life.

Famous Men of the Middle Ages. Attractive biographical sketches of thirty-five of the most prominent characters in the history of the Middle Ages, from the barbarian invasions to the invention of the printing press. Viking Tales. We follow the fortunes of Harald from the time he is given his own thrall at the cutting of his first tooth, through his exploits as a viking adventurer, to his crowning as King of Norway.

Then population pressures at home and eagerness for adventure and booty from other lands combine to drive some of the bolder Vikings to set forth from their native land. Sailing ever westward across the Atlantic, they hop along the chain of islands that loosely connects Norway with America in search of home and adventure.

Gabriel and the Hour Book. 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. How his foster-father Angus becomes poet to the High King and how Ferdiad himself recovers a lost treasure.

Gives a glimpse into the customs and social life of the Celts, with special emphasis on their artistic achievements, including the Book of Kells and the stories of Cuculain. The Story of Rolf and the Viking's Bow. Relates the thrilling exploits of Rolf in the land of the Vikings: how he becomes an outlaw, and a thrall, and at long last gains his freedom and avenges the unlawful slaying of his father.

Through his trials Rolf is challenged to grow in manliness, developing courage, self-control, patriotism, and perseverance, and in the end rising above the feud that has consumed him for so long. The story, inspired by Icelandic sagas, serves as an excellent introduction to the prevailing values of the Viking era.

The Little Duke. An inspiring story of Richard the Fearless who became Duke of Normandy at the age of 8. Relates the perils of his childhood, both at home in Normandy and during his captivity at the court of France, and how at long last he came to embrace the values his father espoused. The Sampo. Far away in the Frozen Land in the long ago time a master wizard forged the wonderous sampo or mill of fortune, which ground out all sorts of treasures and gave wealth and power to its owner.

This story, retold in from the Finnish Kalevala, tells of the making of this mill and the adventures of the heroes who sought to gain possession of it.

Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children. The Anglo-Saxon saga retold in excellent English prose, with the heroic qualities emphasized. Relates how Beowulf, the hero of the Anglo-Saxons, came to Daneland and how he overcame Grendel, the ogre, and the waterwitch; also how the fire dragon warred with the Goth folk and how Beowulf fought his last fight.

Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children. Siegfried is the central character in this legend, skillfully adapted from the Nibelung, an old German poem, full of strange adventures of tiny dwarves and stalwart mortals. In this retelling of the ancient legend, Siegfried wins the accursed Rhineland treasure, takes Kriemhild as bride, and comes to an untimely end, passing the curse of the Rhinegold on to his enemies.

The Story of Siegfried. Legends of the Nibelungen hero, Siegfried, full of the mystery, awe, and poetry of the northern lands. They tell of how Siegfried forged the wondrous sword, Balmung, of his riding through flaming fire to awaken the maiden, Brunhild, and of the many other strange and daring deeds which he wrought. Many of the Norse myths are interwoven in the tale. The best rendition for children of the Siegfried legends, based on the Eddas, the Volsung Saga, and the Nibelungen-lied.

The Red Indian Fairy Book. A choice collection of Native American myths and legends carefully selected from many sources. Most are nature stories telling about birds, beasts, flowers, and rocks of our American meadows, prairies, and forests. The tales are arranged according to the seasons with several stories offered for each month of the year. There are some for early spring, when the maple sap mounts, and the arbutus blooms under the snow; for later spring, when the birds nest, and the wild flowers blow; for summer, with its heat, storms, fishing, and canoeing; for autumn with its corn, nuts, and harvest feast; for winter, with its ice, snow, and adventures.

A comprehensive subject index for use by teachers and storytellers is included. King Arthur and His Knights. Twenty-one stories from the Arthurian legends specially selected and adapted for children and told in simple well-written prose. The stirring tales of these chivalrous knights awaken the reader's admiration for courage and gentleness and high sense of honor essential in all ages. Heroes Every Child Should Know.

Inspiring stories of heroes from various times and places relating their daring deeds, prompted by their high ideals. Among the legendary heroes of the middle ages are St. Lee round out the collection. In the Days of Giants. Strength and joy of life ever marked the doings of the old Norse gods and heroes. These qualities abound in these stories of Norse mythology retold in a simple direct fashion appealing to younger children. Tells among other things how Father Odin lost his eye, how Thor went fishing, of the death of Baldur, and of the other doings of the gods and goddesses of Asgard. Vigorous black and white illustrations complement the narrative.

Stories of Roland Told to the Children. Ten illustrated stories from the song of Roland, simply but effectively told, relating how Roland and Oliver died, of Charlemagne's vengeance on Marsil the Saracen and of the punishment of the traitor Ganelon. The treatment is romantic, the style picturesque. The Story of Roland. Here are related the daring feats and great exploits of Roland, worthiest of the barons of France in the time of Charlemagne, and those of Oliver and Reinold and Ogier the Dane, all heroes who were his companions in arms and who rivalled him in the number and greatness of their exploits.

The story is culled from the works of song-writers and poets of five centuries and in as many languages. Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children. Stories of Robin Hood in a lively retelling that chronicles the events of the time in which Robin Hood lived. Describes how and why he came to live in the Greenwood, and the adventures he had there with Little John, Maid Marian, and the Sheriff of Nottingham. The Book of Nature Myths.

Over fifty short myths about animals, birds, and natural subjects, suitable for the child's own reading in the second grade. These naive explanations of the phenomena of nature given by early peoples are told in a simple, yet interesting fashion and appeal to the child's sense of wonder about the same phenomena. Their distinctive stripes are unique to each individual and as are their erect, Mohawk-style manes. This bold mural features a close up of a Zebra creating an amazing and eye-catching black and white striped image that will perfectly highlight any wall within the home.

If you simply love everything cute, cuddly and adorable and have an empty space on your wall, then why not fill it with this gorgeous mini poster of this cute kitten sitting amongst the roses. With a bright yellow background and beautiful flowers to look at, no wonder this kitty looks so content! So if you love cats and think this wonderful photography poster is just purrrfect, then why not add some feline cuteness to your room and choose this poster to brighten up your wall.

Looking alert with ears standing to attention, this inquisitive Hare is feeling brave. Presented on a haze yellow background this poster creates a snap shot into the wildlife living within our countryside. With effortless soft detail, this design certainly provokes curious thoughts as to the life of this little hare. Invite Donald into your home, and never be without a smile! This grumpy but friendly giant is brought to us by Artist Jane Bannon, who takes inspiration from the surrounding wildlife, farm animals and dogs she meets walking around her home by Outney Common in beautiful Suffolk.

With his pink snout pointed up so his eyes are visible under the matted fur, this canvas print truly brings the outdoors inside along with a hint of mischief! Seeing a tiger so close up is utterly incredible! This awe-inspiring animal is the king of cats and at the top of the food chain.

Pictured here the king of the jungle is staking his way though the overhanging stalks of bamboo, captured in this shot is a high level of intricate detail in stunning high definition; you can't help but be amazed at the beauty of this wondrous animal. We're Ready!

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Whether you are looking to add a little British pride to your home or work place, this brilliant tin sign is guaranteed to get some attention. Featuring an illustrated image of three magnificent British bulldogs as they stand side by side in front of a vibrant Union Jack flag.


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The perfect way to show the world that you are proud to be British, this tin sign will let all those who enter your home know that you are ready for action. Forget the dog, it's the cat you should be worried about! This hilarious tin sign in yellow is simply a great gift for any feline fan - decorated with a comical scratched effect, a large Tabby sits in the centre of the animalistic item.

Decorated with a 'weathered' effect, the border and corners of this item appear to be rusted really contributing the the farmyard feel to this product. As a large rooster sits in the background, a table has been brought forward, holding a glass bowl of fresh eggs. A must-buy for any Jack Russell owner! Looking at this short list of characteristics about your four-legged friend, we can see the many, many positives - as well as a warning to heed.

Showing a white and tan Jack Russell, naped in a red neckerchief Jack Russell's are a dog to love This tin sign is a show of love for your companion, and a perfect homage to the breed! We at PopArtUK believe it's very important to know about the area in which you live and the wildlife you could attract. What better way to get your children and grandchildren involved than with this attractive tin sign. Aptly titled the A-Z of birds, this sign displays 26 species of birds alongside charming illustrations. In the right hand corner there is also a very important message to youngsters, stating 'Please feed us seeds, not bread.

If you love horses and want to know more about these gentle giants then make sure you take some notes from this excellent mini poster. It features a large picture of a horse as he stands side on so that you can see all of his body. Each body part is labelled and there are also handy facts about grooming and mucking out stables. This pretty horse is perfectly groomed and his black eyes sparkle as he helps you learn everything you need to know to take good care of your own horse.

Deep down below sea level live hundreds and thousand of species and here they are to show you exactly what they look like and how they live. A full range of sea creatures are depicted, including a Whale, Sea Lion, Dolphin and Shark who happily tells you that he can bend a steel bar with his jaw. With stunning photography and amazing facts, this glossy poster will be a sure fire hit with any lover of the ocean. This cute poster from Inquisitive Creatures will make a striking addition to any home. Capturing a cheeky Zebra peeping out from the bottom and set on a gorgeous purple backdrop, it's a great way for any animal lover to inject some modern art into their interior.

Do any of these traits ring a bell? If you are the proud owner of a Labrador, then you will be all too familiar with these characteristics! Outgoing, greedy and eager to please are just some of the reasons why these dogs manage to win our hearts.