Excerpt from McGuffey's Alternate Fourth Reader In the preparation of the Alternate Fourth Reader, the aim has been to procure such material as will t only interest the pupil, but will aid in creating or developing a taste for good literature. Brief tices of the authors accompany many of the selections, and the more difficult words, and words t in common use, are defined. The hints given in the language exercises will be found to be very useful. It is believed that thorough drill in these exercises will t only be a valuable aid in securing correct and graceful expression of thought, but will be an excellent preparation for entering upon the study of technical grammar. The subject-matter of the selections is t too difficult for the average pupil. At this stage of his advancement, he should read mainly to gather ideas from the printed page. The variety in the style of these selections will furnish the teacher with suitable material for drill in vocal culture as well as language work. The illustrations are t merely pictures - they illustrate the lessons which they accompany. They will be found helpful in arresting the attention of the pupil, and will furnish many interesting topics for exercises in composition. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.