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Children's Classics in Dramatic Form

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CHILDREN'S CLASSICS IN DRAMATIC FORM

A READER FOR THE FOURTH GRADE

BY AUGUSTA STEVENSON

Formerly a Teacher in the Indianapolis Public Schools

1908

TO MISS N. CROPSEY

Assistant Superintendent Indianapolis Public Schools

[Illustration: "The moon changes into the red beard of the old soldier"]

FOREWORD

This book is intended to accomplish three distinct purposes: first, to arouse a greater interest in oral reading; second, to develop an expressive voice sadly lacking in the case of most Americans; and third, to give freedom and grace in the bodily attitudes and movements which are involved in reading and speaking. The stories given are for the most part adaptations of favorite tales from folklore, Andersen, Grimm, Aesop, and the Arabian Nights having been freely drawn upon.

Children are dramatic by nature. They are for the time the kings, the fairies, and the heroes that they picture in their imaginations. They are these characters with such abandon and with such intense pleasure that the on looker must believe that nature intended that they should give play to this dramatic instinct, not so much formally, with all the trappings of the man made stage, but spontaneously and naturally, as they talk and read... Continue reading book >>


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