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BOYS AND GIRLS BOOKSHELF

A Practical Plan of Character Building

COMPLETE IN SEVENTEEN VOLUMES

I Fun and Thought for Little Folk II Folk Lore, Fables, and Fairy Tales III Famous Tales and Nature Stories IV Things to Make and Things to Do V True Stories from Every Land VI Famous Songs and Picture Stories VII Nature and Outdoor Life, Part I VIII Nature and Outdoor Life, Part II IX Earth, Sea, and Sky X Games and Handicraft XI Wonders of Invention XII Marvels of Industry XIII Every Land and its Story XIV Famous Men and Women XV Bookland Story and Verse, Part I XVI Bookland Story and Verse, Part II XVII Graded and Classified Index

THE UNIVERSITY SOCIETY INCORPORATED New York

[Illustration: THE SUNSET FAIRIES FROM A DRAWING BY FLORENCE MARY ANDERSON]

BOYS AND GIRLS BOOKSHELF

A Practical Plan of Character Building

Little Folks' Section

[Illustration: INSTRUCTIVE PLAY ... VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE The Four Fold Life MENTAL PHYSICAL SOCIAL MORAL]

Prepared Under the Supervision of THE EDITORIAL BOARD of the UNIVERSITY SOCIETY

Volume II FOLK LORE, FABLES, AND FAIRY TALES

THE UNIVERSITY SOCIETY INCORPORATED New York

Copyright, 1920, By THE UNIVERSITY SOCIETY INC.

Copyright, 1912, 1915, By THE UNIVERSITY SOCIETY INC.

Manufactured in the U. S. A.

INTRODUCTION

This volume is devoted to a choice collection of the standard and new fairy tales, wonder stories, and fables. They speak so truly and convincingly for themselves that we wish to use this introductory page only to emphasize their value to young children. There are still those who find no room in their own reading, and would give none in the reading of the young, except for facts. They confuse facts and truth, and forget that there is a world of truth that is larger than the mere facts of life, being compact of imagination and vision and ideals. Dr. Hamilton Wright Mabie convinced us of this in his cogent words.

"America," he said, "has at present greater facility in producing 'smart' men than in producing able men; the alert, quick witted money maker abounds, but the men who live with ideas, who care for the principles of things, and who make life rich in resource and interest, are comparatively few. America needs poetry more than it needs industrial training, though the two ought never to be separated. The time to awaken the imagination, which is the creative faculty, is early childhood, and the most accessible material for this education is the literature which the race created in its childhood."

The value of the fairy tale and the wonder tale is that they tell about the magic of living. Like the old woman in Mother Goose, they "brush the cobwebs out of the sky." They enrich, not cheapen, life. Plenty of things do cheapen life for children. Most movies do. Sunday comic supplements do. Ragtime songs do. Mere gossip does. But fairy stories enhance life.

They are called "folk tales," that is, tales of the common folk. They were largely the dreams of the poor. They consist of fancies that have illumined the hard facts of life. They find animals, trees, flowers, and the stars friendly. They speak of victory. In them the child is master even of dragons. He can live like a prince, in disguise, or, if he be uncomely, he may hope to win Beauty after he is free of his masquerade.

Wonder stories help make good children as well as happy children. In these stories witches, wolves, and evil persons are defeated or exposed... Continue reading book >>




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