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James Baldwin

(1841 – 1925)

    Level*  
1882 The Story of Siegfried 3 Literature / Hero Tales / Icelandic
1883 The Story of Roland 3 Literature / Hero Tales / French
1887 A Story of the Golden Age of Greek Heroes 2 Literature / Mythology / Greek
1895 Fairy Stories and Fables 1 Literature / Reader / Grade 2 Level
1895 John Bunyan's Dream Story 2 Literature / Hero Tales
1895 Old Greek Stories 1 Literature / Mythology / Greek
1895 The Old Stories of the East 2 Faith / Bible Stories
1896 Fifty Famous Stories Retold 1 History, World / History Tales
1897 Four Great Americans 2 History, American / Biography / Collective
1903 The Wonder-Book of Horses 2 Literature / Anthology
1904 Hero Tales 2 Literature / Hero Tales
1905 Another Fairy Reader 1 Literature / Reader / Grade 2 Level
1905 The Golden Fleece: More Old Greek Stories 2 Literature / Mythology / Greek
1905 Robinson Crusoe Written Anew for Children 1 Literature / Reader / Grade 2 Level
1905 Thirty More Famous Stories Retold 1 History, World / History Tales
1907 An American Book of Golden Deeds 2 Faith / Ethical Stories
1910 Stories of Don Quixote Written Anew for Children 2 Literature / Fiction / Imaginative
1912 Fifty Famous People 1 History, World / History Tales
1912 The Sampo 2 Literature / Hero Tales / Finnish
1914 In My Youth 2 Literature / Fiction / Realistic
1919 The Story of Liberty 2 History, American / History / Comprehensive


According to his biography in the Junior Book of Authors (1951), Baldwin, a native of Indiana and largely self-educated, began teaching at the age of 24. After several years he became superintendent of the graded schools in Indiana, a post he held for 18 years. The last 37 years of his life he worked with publishers, first with Harper and Brothers and later with the American Book Company. In addition to editing school books, he started writing books of his own. After the publication in 1882 of The Story of Siegfried, he went on to write more than 50 others. His influence was widely felt because at one time it was estimated that of all the school books in use in the United States, over half had been written or edited by him. Unfortunately, his works are much less widely known today. So far as I know, none of his books are in print today.



LEVEL AGE RANGE
0 Kindergarten
1 Grades 1 to 3
2 Grades 4 to 6
3 Grades 7-9
4 Grades 10-12


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