To you;--parents, guardians, teachers and all others upon whom

devolves the supremely important responsibility of directing the early

years of development of childhood, this series of TUCK-ME-IN TALES

which sketch such vivid and delightful scenes of the vibrant life of

meadow and woodland should have tremendous appeal. In this collection

of stories you will find precisely the sort of healthy, imaginative

entertainment that is an essential in stimulating thought germs in the

child mind.

Merely from the standpoint of their desirability for helping the

growing tot to pass an idle half hour, any one of these volumes would

be worth your while. But the author had something further than that in

mind. He has, with simplicity and grace, worthy of high commendation,

sought to convey a two-fold lesson throughout the entire series, the

first based upon natural history and the second upon the elementary

principles of living which should be made clear to every child at the

earliest age of understanding.

The first of these aims he has accomplished by adapting every one of

his bird characters to its living counterpart in the realm of biology.

The child learns very definite truths about which the story is woven;

learns in such a fascinating manner that he will not quickly forget,

and is brought into such pleasant intimacy that his immediate sympathy

is aroused.

The author accomplishes the purpose of driving home simple lessons on

good conduct by attributing the many of the same traits of character

to his feathered heroes and heroines that are to be found wherever the

human race made its habitation. The praise-worthy qualities of

courage, love, unselfishness, truth, industry, and humility are

portrayed in the dealings of the field and forest folk and the

consequential reward of these virtues is clearly shown; he also

reveals the unhappy results of greed, jealousy, trickery and other

character weaknesses. The effect is to impress indelibly upon the

imagination of the child that certain deeds are their own desirable

reward while certain others are much better left undone.

If any further recommendation is necessary, would it not be well to

resort to the court of final appeal, the child himself? Simply

purchase a trial copy from your bookseller with the understanding that

if it meets with the disapproval of the little man or woman for whom

it is intended, he will accept its return.

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