This set of English readers published in the beginning of 20th century was ever popularly used in the western schools. It has been constructed with a view to induce children to take a real interest in what they read, and to make them delight to exercise their power of reading.
Great use has therefore been made of the objects of Natural History, and of the incidents and common things of daily life, by which children are most likely to be attracted.
By being made to frame each answer in the form of a sentence, the child thus unconsciously produce a little composition exercise. Furthermore, exercises of spelling, pronunciation attached to the text are also of great help for children to speak Standard English.
Good reading is more readily acquired by practice than by precept. The more children read, they will read the more fluently, intelligently, and gracefully.
KNIFE AND FORK
THE BIRD’S NESTS
LITTLE ROBIN REDBREAST
SAILING THE BOAT
LONG TIME AGO
THE LITTLE MILK-MAID
GOING FOR A DRIVE
LUCY AND HER KITTEN
THE CAT AND THE MOUSE
TOM AND HIS DOG
THE SHEEP AND THE LAMB
THE HEN AND ITS CHICKS
THE BIRD AND ITS NEST
THE COW ON THE GRASS
THE CAT ON THE TREE
THE BIRD’S SONG
THE OLD MAN AND THE DOG
MORNING AND NIGHT
THE PET BIRD
A WEEK AT THE FARM
THE PET GOAT
THE GREAT JUMP
FRISK AND NED
I WILL NOT HURT MY LITTLE DOG
MARY’S LITTLE LAMB
ONE THING AT A TIME
MY DOG DASH
THE BOY THAT LIKED PLAY (Ⅰ)
THE BOY THAT LIKED PLAY (Ⅱ)
NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST
A VISIT TO THE BLACKSMITH’S SHOP
FACTS FOR LITTLE FOLKS
THE LAST CROSS WORD
WHAT THE CLOCK SAYS
QUITE A MAN
A WILLING BOY
THE TWO WHITE RABBITS
FAN AND HER PUPS
A GAME WITH PUSS
A GOOD LITTLE GIRL
LITTLE WHEEL AND BIG WHEEL
ON THE SHORE
EACH ONE USEFUL
GOD IS IN HEAVEN
THE RABBIT IN THE WOOD
THE KETTLE AND ITS FRIENDS
SAILING THE BOAT
USEFUL KNOWLEDGE Ⅲ THE SEASONS
INTO how many seasons is the year divided? Four: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.
WINTER.-Which is the coldest season? Winter.
Is it winter all over the Earth at the same time? No; when it is winter in the northern half of the Earth, it is summer in the southern half; and when it is summer in the north,it is winter in the south.
When is it winter in either half of the Earth? When that half is least directly under the sun's rays.
What effect has this on the length of the days? The days are shortest in winter, and the nights longest. The shortest day is the middle of winter.
What kind of weather have we in winter? Very cold, with frost and snow.
What is snow? Water frozen as it falls from the clouds.
What is it when the drops are frozen into little balls? Hail. Of what use is snow? It covers the earth, and guards the seeds and young plants from the frost.
Of what use is frost? It kills many insects that injure plants; and it crumbles the clods and makes them fit to receive the seed.
What is frozen water? Ice. How do we play on the ice?
We skate and slide.
How do we play with the snow? We build snow-houses, and throw snow-balls.
Where do the birds go in winter?
Many of them go to warmer countries-as the swallow, the cuckoo, and the nightingale.
What do those that remain do? They come near our houses, and become very tame.
How are the birds fed on Christmas-day in some countries?
A sheaf of corn is tied on a pole, and put up for them to eat.
The Royal Readers were edited and published by the famous British publisher and used in schools until well into the 20th century. They are edited as six books in the Royal School Series. Students progressed from the very easy lessons to classic readers.
The First Book, beginning with similarly easy lessons, consisted of rhymes and simple short stories with plenty of illustrations for young learners. Children learned letters and easy reading. The first part of this book focuses exclusively on monosyllabic words and the second part introduces two syllable words.
In the Second Book there are short selections of poetry and prose designed to encourage interest in reading. Each story is followed by a lesson on pronunciation, simple definitions of new words and questions on its content.
The Third Book is very similar though slightly more advanced and including more writing exercises.
The Fourth Book includes phonetic exercises, model compositions and dictation exercises, as well as outlines of British History from Roman Period as far as 1400 A. D.
The Fifth Book features sections on health of the body, plants and their uses, as well as quotes and stories of great men.
Book Six, the final book in the series, contains word lessons and passages with sections on great inventions, classification of animals, useful knowledge, punctuation and physical geography, as well as the British Constitution.