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McGuffey's First Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition

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fin'ished bon'net les'son saved white a way'

I've am work scam'per read'y gar'den

[Illustration: White kitten lapping milk from a bowl.]


[Illustration: Script Exercise:

Kitty, my pretty, white kitty.   Why do you scamper away?I've finished my work and my lesson   And now I am ready for play.

Come, kitty, my own little kitty.   I've saved you some milk come and see.Now drink while I put on my bonnet,   And play in the garden with me.]


care al'ways line Frank

row been (bin) keeps home

[Illustration: Boy untying a white boat from post in pond.]

Frank has a pretty boat. It is white, with a black line near the water.

He keeps it in the pond, near his home. He always takes good care of it.

Frank has been at work in the garden, and will now row a while.


much one (wun) yet hun'gry

seen grand'ma corn would o

[Illustration: Two children on porch. Girl is holding a bowl.Boy is seated on the step holding a model sailboat.]

"What is that?" said Lucy, as she came out on the steps. "Oh, it is a little boat! What a pretty one it is!"

"I will give it to you when it is finished," said John, kindly. "Would you like to have it?"

"Yes, very much, thank you, John. Has grandma seen it?"

"Not yet; we will take it to her by and by. What have you in your pan,Lucy?"

"Some corn for my hens, John; they must be very hungry by this time."


mar'ket bread bas'ket bought meat

tea try'ing tell which

[Illustration: Woman and boy walking on path next to fence.Woman is carrying a basket.]

James has been to market with his mamma.

She has bought some bread, some meat, and some tea, which are in the basket on her arm.

James is trying to tell his mamma what he has seen in the market.


reads so wears please could hair

fast love eas'y gray chair who glass'es

[Illustration: Girl standing by old woman in rocking chair.]

See my dear, old grandma in her easy-chair! How gray her hair is! She wears glasses when she reads.

She is always kind, and takes such good care of me that I like to do what she tells me.

When she says, "Robert, will you get me a drink?" I run as fast as I can to get it for her. Then she says, "Thank you, my boy."

Would you not love a dear, good grandma, who is so kind? And would you not do all yon could to please her?


does won'der moth'er oth'er bee hon'ey lis'ten flow'er

[Illustration: Girl standing next to woman seated on porch.]

"Come here, Lucy, and listen! What is in this flower?"

"O mother! it is a bee. I wonder how it came to be shut up in the flower!"

"It went into the flower for some honey, and it may be it went to sleep.Then the flower shut it in.

"The bee likes honey as well as we do, but it does not like to be shut up in the flower.

"Shall we let it out, Lucy?"

"Yes; then it can go to other flowers, and get honey."


best hitched their should or rid'ing

live holds hay driv'ing tight ear'ly

[Illustration: One boy riding a horse, and another boy riding a cart pulled by a horse.]

Here come Frank and James White....