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The object of the present work is to supply a want probably often felt by those who, in educating their children, are anxious to inspire them with a taste for poetry.
This taste cannot be awakened by anything in the form of lessons, but must be insensibly developed by placing in the hands of the child such poems as it will both read and learn of its own accord. Great talent and ingenuity have, of late years, been
, shown in making the first steps of reading easy, and rendering books a pleasure rather than a terror to children; and in prose the child is carried on, as it grows in years, through a series of tales, each less childish and more interesting and instructive than the last : history written so as to present it in its most attractive