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Little Aliens   By: (1876-1910)

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LITTLE ALIENS

by

MYRA KELLY

Author of "Little Citizens," "Wards of Liberty," "The Golden Season," Etc., Etc.

Illustrated

[Illustration: Together they retrieved it]

New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1910

Copyright, 1910, by Charles Scribner's Sons

Published April, 1910

[Decoration]

To D. M. R.

CONTENTS

PAGE

"EVERY GOOSE A SWAN" 1

"GAMES IN GARDENS" 25

"A BRAND FROM THE BURNING" 63

FRIENDS 107

THE MAGIC CAPE 143

"BAILEY'S BABIES" 163

"THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES" 195

THE ETIQUETTE OF YETTA 227

A BENT TWIG 261

ILLUSTRATIONS

Together they retrieved it Frontispiece

FACING PAGE

"I guess games in gardens ain't so awful healthy for somebody," said Yetta 32

"I never in my world seen how they all makes" 60

"I must refuse to translate it to you" 70

She staggered back into a chair, fortunately of heavy architecture, and stared at the apparition before her 140

Patrick was making discipline impossible 178

"What you think we got to our house?" 198

Rosie threw herself into a very ecstasy of her art 246

"EVERY GOOSE A SWAN"

An ideal is like a golden pheasant. As soon as the hunter comes up with one he kills it in more or less bloody fashion, tears its feathers off, absorbs what he can of it, and then sets out, refreshed, in pursuit of another. Or if, being a tender hearted hunter, he tries to keep it in a cage to tame it, to teach it, to show it to his friends, it very soon loses its original character so that beholders disparagingly exclaim: "Why, it's only a little brown hen! Hardly worth the trouble of hunting."

But among the pheasant and the trout of the ideal hunting fields the true relation between home and school flits ever along the horizon, a very sea serpent. Every one has heard of it. Some have pursued it. Some even vow they have seen it. Almost any one is ready to describe it. Expeditions have gone forth in search of it, and have come back empty handed or with the haziest of kodak films. And the most conservative of insurance companies would consider it a safe "risk."

In every day and ordinary conditions this relation between home and school is really a question of mother and teacher, with the child as its stamping ground. Two very busy women, indifferent, hostile, or strangers to each other, are engaged in the formulated and unformulated education of the child. To the mother this child is her own particular Mary or Peter. To the teacher it is the whole generation, of which Peter and Mary are such tiny parts.

The ideal teacher is as wise as Solomon, as impartial as the telephone directory, as untiring as a steam engine, as tender as a sore throat, as patient as a glacier, as immovable as truth, as alert as a mongoose, and as rare as a hen's tooth. But her most important qualification is the power to combine her point of view with the parental one, and to recognize and provide for the varieties of character, temperament, mentality, and physical well being of the children intrusted to her care.

The average teacher nearly as elusive as the ideal is, to a surprising and ever increasing extent, learning to do this. It is, in fact, a very large part of the law and the prophets in modern pedagogy. The teacher is expected to know, and she generally does know, what, in hospital parlance, is called the "history" of her pupils, and the newer schools are equipped with apparatus for making thorough physical examinations upon which the pupil's curriculum will largely depend... Continue reading book >>




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