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Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors For Young Folks   By: (1823-1888)

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Natural History Series Book Second.


For Young Folks.



[Illustration: black swan]

New York: D. Appleton and Company. 1885.

[Illustration: Good Morning]

Good morning! good morning! the birdies sing; Good by to the windy days of spring! The sun is so bright, that we must be gay! Good morning! good morning! this glad summer day.

Copyright, 1884, By D. Appleton and Company.



A machine, turned by a crank, has been made to speak words, but nothing below a human being has been able to get thought from a written or printed page and convey it to others. To make the machine requires a vast amount of labor expended upon matter; to get the thought requires the awakening of a human spirit. The work of the machine is done when the crank stops; the mental work, through internal volition, goes on to ever higher achievements.

In schools much labor has been spent in trying to produce human speaking machines. Words are built up out of letters; short words are grouped into inane sentences such as are never used; and sentences are arranged into unnatural and insipid discourse. To grasp the thin ghost of the thought, the little human spirit must reverse its instinct to reach toward the higher, and, mole like, burrow downward.

The amount of effort spent in this way, if given to awakening thought, would much more effectively secure the mechanical ends sought, and at the same time would yield fruit in other fields of mental activity.

The matter selected for these higher and better purposes must possess a human interest. The thoughts that bear fruit are those with roots set in past experiences, but which, outgrowing these experiences, reach out toward new light.

In this little book we have again given the initial steps of science rather than the expression of scientific results. Beginning with familiar forms of life, the pupil is led to see more clearly that which is about him, and then to advance into the realm of the unknown with assured steps, in the tried paths of investigation and comparison.

While giving prominence to the facts that inform, we have not been unmindful of the fancy that stimulates. The steady flow of description is frequently interrupted by the ripple of story and verse. While we have made no effort to secure the favor of Mr. Gradgrind by looking at facts only on their lower side, we trust that our effort may prove of some service in the anxious work of parent and teacher.

[Illustration: Decoration] CONTENTS.


I. How Fowls Look. 11

II. What Fowls Do. 15

III. Chickens' Ways. 18

IV. Stories about Chickens. 20

V. How Ducks Look and Live. 25

VI. Stories about Ducks. 27

VII. How Geese Look and Live. 30

VIII. How Geese Behave. 32

IX. What Geese can Do. 35

X. About Turkeys. 37

XI. About Swans. 39

XII. Doves and Pigeons. 42

Three Little Doves. 45

XIII. The Little Wren. 47

XIV. The Singing Thrush. 49

XV. Robin Redbreast. 51

XVI. The Blackbird and the Cat. 54

XVII. How Canaries Live and Sing. 56

XVIII. A Song of Summer. 58

XIX. How Parrots Look and Talk. 60

XX. Stories about Parrots. 63

XXI. Birds of Prey. 67

XXII. Long Legs with Feathers. 70

XXIII. Bo peep and the Rook. 72

XXIV. The Mouse and its Ways. 74

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