McGuffeys Second Eclectic Reader

W.H. McGuffey
McGuffey's Second Eclectic
by William Holmes

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Title: McGuffey's Second Eclectic Reader
Author: William Holmes McGuffey
Release Date: June 29, 2005 [EBook #14668]
Language: English
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[Transcriber's Notes:
Welcome to the schoolroom of 1900. The moral tone is plain. "She is
kind to the old blind man."
The exercises are still suitable, and perhaps more helpful than some
contemporary alternatives. Much is left to the teacher. Explanations
given in the text are enough to get started teaching a child to read and
write. Counting in Roman numerals is included as a bonus in the form
of lesson numbers.
The author, not listed in the text is William Holmes McGuffey.
Don Kostuch ]


McGuffey Editions and Colophon are Trademarks of
JOHN WILEY & SONS, Inc.. New York -

Copyright, 1879, by Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co. Copyright, 1896, by
American Book Company Copyright, 1907 and 1920, by H. H. Vail.

In this book, as well as in the others of the Revised Series, most of the
favorite drill selections, which constituted one of the leading
excellences of MCGUFFEY'S READERS, have been retained. New
selections have been inserted only when they seemed manifest
improvements on those formerly used.
The plan of this Reader is a continuation and extension of that pursued
in the First Reader.
If the pupil is not familiar with the diacritical marks, he should be
carefully drilled, as suggested on page 7, until the marked letter
instantly suggests the correct sound. He is then prepared to study his
reading lessons without any assistance from the teacher.
All new words are given at the head of each lesson. When these are
mastered, the main difficulties left for the pupil are those of expression.
In the latter portion of the book the simpler derivatives,--such as are
formed by adding one or two letters,--possessives, plurals, verbal forms,
etc.,--are omitted if the primitive word has been given. In this way the
pupil is gradually led to the mastery of words as ordinarily printed.
A few of the most usual abbreviations have been introduced,--such as
Mr., Mrs., etc. These should be carefully explained, not only as to their
meaning and use, but as to the reason for their use.
Great care has been taken to have the illustrations worthy of the
reputation MCGUFFEY'S READERS have attained, and some of the
foremost designers of this country have contributed to the
embellishment of the book.
Many of these pictures will serve admirably for lessons in language, in
extension and explanation of the text. The imagination of the artist has,
in some cases, filled in details not found in the text.
The thanks of the publishers are due to very many experienced teachers,

who have contributed their valuable suggestions.
June, 1879.

Lessons. 1. Evening at Home 2. Bubbles 3. Willie's Letter (Script) 4.
The Little Star 5. Two Dogs 6. Afraid in the Dark 7. Baby Bye 8. Puss
and her Kittens 9. Kittie and Mousie 10. At Work 11. What a Bird
Taught 12. Susie Sunbeam 13. If I were a Sun beam 14. Henry, the
Bootblack 15. Don't Wake the Baby (Script) 16. A Kind Brother 17.
My Good-far-nothing 18. The Kingbird 19. Evening Hymn 20. The
Quarrel 21. The Bee 22. The Song of the Bee 23. The Torn Doll 24.
Sheep-shearing 25. The Clouds 26. Patty and the Squirrel 27. The
Sparrow 28. Sam and Harry 29. The Little Rill 30. The Boat Upset 31.
Mary's Letter (Script) 32. The Tiger 33. The Fireside 34. Birdie's
Morning Song 35. Willie and Bounce 36. Willie and Bounce 37. The
Kitchen Clock 38. The New Scales 39. The Bear and the Children 40.
The Little Harebell (Script) 41. The Fishhawk 42. What the Leaf said
43. The Wind and the Leaves 44. Mamma's Present 45. Mary's Story 46.
Ralph Wick 47. Coasting down the Hill (Script) 48. The Fox and the
Ducks 49. Pretty is that Pretty does 50. The Story-teller 51. The
Story-teller 52. The Owl 53. The Owl 54. Grandfather's Story 55. God
is Great and Good 56. A Good Old Man 57. The Greedy Girl 68. A
Place for Everything 69. My Mother (Script) 60. The Broken Window
61. The Broken Window
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