Third Grade Read Aloud Banquet



Songs for December


Animal Crackers

Animal crackers and cocoa to drink,

That is the finest of suppers I think;

When I'm grown up and can have what I please

I think I shall always insist upon these.

What do you  choose when you're offered a treat?

When Mother says, "What would you like best to eat?"

Is it waffles and syrup, or cinnamon toast?

It's cocoa and animals that I love most!


The kitchen's the cosiest place that I know;

The kettle is singing, the stove is aglow,

And there in the twilight, how jolly to see

The cocoa and animals waiting for me.


Daddy and Mother dine later in state,

With Mary to cook for them, Susan to wait;

But they don't have nearly as much fun as I

Who eat in the kitchen with Nurse standing by;

And Daddy once said, he would like to be me

Having cocoa and animals once more for tea.


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1 There Is No One Left from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Stories of Albion and Brutus from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Jenny Wren Gives Peter Rabbit an Idea from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Mimer the Blacksmith from Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor Magellan's Great Plan from The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge The Ugly Duckling from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton The Wise Young King from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Saving the Birds from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Welcome to the Shore from Holiday Shore by Edith M. Patch The Early Life of Columbus from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Travelers and the Sea from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Saturn from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mrs. Wasp and Her Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Winnie-the-Pooh, Some Bees and the Stories Begin (Part 1 of 2) from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Sweet and Low by Alfred Lord Tennyson Infant Joy by William Blake The Four Winds by Frank Dempster Sherman The Throstle by Alfred Lord Tennyson Fir Trees from Poems by Rachel Lyman Field The Sandman by Margaret Vandegrift I Saw a Ship a-Sailing, Mother Goose
Week 2 Mistress Mary Quite Contrary from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Coming of the Romans from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Peter and Jumper Go to School from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Siegfried Wins the Treasure from Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor Magellan's Straits from The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge The Fisherman and His Wife from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton The House of God on Mount Moriah from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Another Bird Story from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Changing Shore from Holiday Shore by Edith M. Patch How Columbus Discovered America from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Wolf and the Lion from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
The Gods and the Giants from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon
What Mrs. Wasp Can Do from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Winnie-the-Pooh, Some Bees and the Stories Begin (Part 2 of 2) from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
The Old, Old Song by Charles Kingsley A Cradle Song by William Blake Excerpt from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Captain's Daughter by James T. Fields A Fire from Poems by Rachel Lyman Field A Year's Windfalls by Christina Georgina Rossetti The Land of Story-Books by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 3 Across the Moor from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Romans Come Again from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall More of Peter's Long-Legged Cousins from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Siegfried Comes Home from Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor Round the World from The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge The Old Hag's Long Leather Bag from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton The Last Days of Solomon's Reign from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Speaking a Piece from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Low Tide from Holiday Shore by Edith M. Patch Columbus after the Discovery of America from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Stag and His Reflection from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The First Man; or, The Story of Prometheus and Pandora from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon A Look at Mrs. Wasp from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets into a Tight Place from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Buckingham Palace by A. A. Milne To the Evening Star by William Blake The Salcombe Seaman's Flaunt to the Proud Pirate, Anonymous A Child's Prayer by M. Betham Edwards Doorbells from Poems by Rachel Lyman Field Frost Pictures, Anonymous A Legend of the Northland by Phoebe Cary
Week 4 Martha from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett How Caligula Conquered Britain from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Chatterer and Happy Jack Join from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Kriemhild's Dream from Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor The Finding of Mexico from The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge One Good Turn Deserves Another from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton The Breaking Up of a Great Kingdom from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Writing a Composition from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Aster and Spiny from Holiday Shore by Edith M. Patch John Cabot and His Son Sebastian from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Peacock from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Great Flood; or, The Story of Deucalion from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mrs. Wasp's Year from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting, Nearly Catch a Woozle from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Disobedience by A. A. Milne A Cradle Song by William Blake The Skeleton in Armor by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Jane Jones by Benjamin Franklin King Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting, Nearly Catch a Woozle from Winnie-the-Pooh by Benjamin Franklin King Winter-Time by Robert Louis Stevenson Do the Best You Can, Anonymous
Week 5 The Cry in the Corridor from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Story of a Warrior Queen (Boadicea) from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall The Squirrels of the Trees from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Siegfried Journeys to Worms from Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor Montezuma from The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge The Princess on the Glass Hill from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton The King Who Led Israel to Sin from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Whistle from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Shore Snails from Holiday Shore by Edith M. Patch Captain John Smith from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Mice and the Weasels from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Stories of Latona and Niobe from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mrs. Wasp at Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Eeyore Loses a Tail and Pooh Finds One from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
White Horses by Hamish Hendry In the Train by Sara Teasdale The Land of Story-Books by Robert Louis Stevenson A Child's Thought of God by Elizabeth Barrett Browning Poem by Rachel Field Speak Gently, Anonymous The Man in the Moon, Anonymous
Week 6 "There Was Some One Crying—There Was!" from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Last of the Romans from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Striped Chipmunk and His Cousins from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Siegfried's Welcome to Worms from Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor Siege and Fall of Mexico from The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge The Tinder-Box from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton The Prophet Who Raised a Boy to Life from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Ettrick Shepherd from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Loligo's Tricks from Holiday Shore by Edith M. Patch More about Captain John Smith from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Wolf and the Lean Dog from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Flayed Piper; or, The Story of Marsyas from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Bee and the Man from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Piglet Meets a Heffalump (Part 1 of 2) from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Out in the Cold by George MacDonald On Another's Sorrow by William Blake The Snowdrop by Alfred Lord Tennyson ---FEBRUARY--- Poem by Rachel Field The Wonderful Weaver by George Cooper Long Time Ago by Elizabeth Prentiss
Week 7 The Key of the Garden from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Story of St. Alban from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Johnny Chuck Joins the Class from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Siegfried's Sojourn at Worms from Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor Conquest of Peru from The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge The Twelve Brothers from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton The Prayer That Was Answered in Fire from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Caliph and the Poet from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin King Limulus from Holiday Shore by Edith M. Patch The Story of Pocahontas from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Fox and the Lion from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Too Much Gold ; or, The First Story of Midas from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon A Look at a Bee from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Piglet Meets a Heffalump (Part 2 of 2) from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
At the Zoo by A. A. Milne From Songs of Experience by William Blake Winter Rain by Christina Georgina Rossetti Cuddle Doon by Anderson Alexander Poem by Rachel Field Lucy Gray by William Wordsworth Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Taylor
Week 8 The Robin Who Showed the Way from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Vortigern and King Constans from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Whistler and Yap Yap from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Siegfried Sees Kriemhild from Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor A Great Awakening from The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge The Golden Bird from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton The Voice That Spoke to Elijah in the Mount from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
"Becos! Becos! Becos!" from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Hermits and Other Crabs from Holiday Shore by Edith M. Patch Henry Hudson from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Lion and the Ass from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
The Critic; or, The Second Story of Midas from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon
The Bee at Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Eeyore Has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents (Part 1 of 2) from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
The Snowdrop by Alfred Lord Tennyson Earth's Answer by William Blake Norse Lullaby by Eugene Field I Love You, Mother by Joy Allison Poem by Rachel Field A Riddle by Hannah More Birthdays, Anonymous
Week 9 The Strangest House Any One Ever Lived In from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Story of the Coming of Hengist and Horsa from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Two Queer Little Haymakers from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Siegfried Goes to Isenland from Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor Story of the Netherlands from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Beauty and the Beast from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton The Wounded Prophet and His Story from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
A Lesson in Humility from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Waiting Barnacles and Worms from Holiday Shore by Edith M. Patch Captain Myles Standish from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Dog and His Master's Dinner from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Laurel from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Bee Babies from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Eeyore Has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents (Part 2 of 2) from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Wee Davie Daylicht by Robert Tennant Spring by William Blake Windy Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson Battle Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe Poem by Rachel Field Lullaby of an Infant Chief by Sir Walter Scott The Raggle, Taggle Gypsies, Anonymous
Week 10 Dickon from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Hengist's Treachery from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Prickly Porky and Grubby Gopher from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Siegfried Subdues Brunhild from Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor Brave Little Holland from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Black Bull of Norroway from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton What Ahab Paid for His Vineyard from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Midnight Ride from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Nesting Time Among the Fishes from Holiday Shore by Edith M. Patch Myles Standish and the Indians from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Vain Jackdaw and His Borrowed Feathers from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
The Hyacinth from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon
The Bee War from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest (Part 1 of 2) from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
The Voice of Spring by Mary Howitt The Wild Flower's Song by William Blake ---MARCH--- ---MARCH--- Poem by Rachel Field Finding Fairies by Marjorie Barrows The Horse by James Stephens
Week 11 The Nest of the Missel Thrush from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett How the Giant's Dance Was Brought to Britain from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall A Fellow with a Thousand Spears from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Siegfried Goes to the Cave from Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor A Wealth of Herrings from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge How Boots Befooled the King from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton Saint Cuthbert (Part 1 of 2) from Our Island Saints by Amy Steedman
The Boy and the Wolf from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Eels and Lamper Eels from Holiday Shore by Edith M. Patch William Penn (Part 1 of 2) from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Monkey and the Dolphin from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Sun-Flower from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Bee's Work from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest (Part 2 of 2) from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Suppose by Phœbe Cary To Spring by William Blake ---MARCH--- March by William Cullen Bryant Poem by Rachel Field I Remember, I Remember by Thomas Hood The Lamb by William Blake
Week 12 "Might I Have a Bit of Earth?" from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Coming of Arthur from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall A Lumberman and Engineer from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Wedding Feast from Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor A Dutch Reformer from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Baba Yaga from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton Saint Cuthbert (Part 2 of 2) from Our Island Saints by Amy Steedman
Another Wolf Story from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Harbor Birds from Holiday Shore by Edith M. Patch William Penn (Part 2 of 2) from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Wolf and the Ass from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
The Narcissus from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon
The Wise Bees from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Christopher Robin Leads an Expotition (Part 1 of 2) from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
The World of Wonder by William Stanley Braithwaite Dusk by Sara Teasdale The Magpie's Nest by Charles Lamb Wild Geese by Celia Thaxter Poem by Rachel Field The Whale, Anonymous Lullaby of an Infant Chief by Sir Walter Scott
Week 13 "I Am Colin" from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Founding of the Round Table from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall A Worker and a Robber from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Siegfried Goes Home with Kriemhild from Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor The Story of Martin Luther from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge East of the Sun and West of the Moon from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton The Arrow That Killed a King from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Horseshoe Nails from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Holiday Meadow from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch King Philip from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Monkey and the Cat from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Presumption; or, The Story of Phaëthon from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Earth Bees from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Christopher Robin Leads an Expotition (Part 2 of 2) from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
To Daffodils by Robert Herrick A Minuet of Mozart's by Sara Teasdale ---MARCH--- Daffodil by Katharine Tynan Hinkson Poem by Rachel Field Hiawatha's Sailing by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Whole Duty of Children by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 14 A Young Rajah from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Story of Gregory and the Pretty Children from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall A Trader and a Handsome Fellow from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Siegfried and Kriemhild Go to Worms from Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor The Diet of Worms from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Master Jacob from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton Elijah's Chariot of Fire from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Landlord's Mistake from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin "Spring Is Here" from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch Captain Church in Philip's War from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Dogs and the Fox from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Diana; and The Story of Orion from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Other Bees from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Piglet Is Entirely Surounded by Water (Part 1 of 2) from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
The Forsaken Merman by Matthew Arnold The Lamb by William Blake The Burial of Sir John Moore by Charles Wolfe Forget-Me-Not, Anonymous Poem by Rachel Field The Bonnets o' Bonnie Dundee by Sir Walter Scott The Crooked Sixpence, Mother Goose
Week 15 Nest Building from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett How King Alfred Learned To Read from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Two Unlike Little Cousins from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Siegfried Is Slain from Stories of Siegfried Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor An Historic Scene from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Greedy Shepherd from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton Saint Molios from Our Island Saints by Amy Steedman
A Lesson in Manners from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Daucus (Part 1 of 2) from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch Bacon and His Men from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Dogs and the Hides from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Minerva; or, Wisdom from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon More about Bees from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Piglet Is Entirely Surounded by Water (Part 2 of 2) from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
A Child's Prayer by M. Betham Edwards Holy Thursday by William Blake The Brown Thrush by Lucy Larcom A Song of Easter by Celia Thaxter Poem by Rachel Field The Violet by Jane Taylor The Rock-a-By Lady by Eugene Field
Week 16 "I Won't!" Said Mary from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett King Alfred in the Cowherd's Cottage from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Danny's Northern Cousins and Nimbleheels from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess How Grendel the Ogre Warred with the Dane Folk from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall How the Trouble Began from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Golden Fish from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton A Spring Sweetened by Salt from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Going to Sea from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Daucus (Part 2 of 2) from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch Boyhood of Franklin from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Rabbit, the Weasel, and the Cat from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The God of Fire from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Spider and His Dress from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Christopher Robin Gives a Pooh Party from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
The Owlet by Madison Cawein April by Sara Teasdale Home Thoughts from Abroad by Robert Browning From The Cloud by Percy Bysshe Shelley Poem by Rachel Field Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I Can by William Allen Butler
Week 17 A Tantrum from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett More about Alfred the Great from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Three Little Redcoats and Some Others from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess How Beowulf the Goth Came to Daneland from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Storm Bursts from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Gudbrand-on-the-Hillside from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton The Pot of Oil and the Pot of Poison from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Shepherd-Boy Painter from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Whistling Wejack (Part 1 of 2) from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch Franklin, the Printer from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Bear and the Bees from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Love and the Soul; or, The Story of Cupid and Psyche (Part 1 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Spider at Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright The River Bank (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
March by Celia Thaxter Morning by Sara Teasdale The Spring Walk by Thomas Miller The Violet by Lucy Larcom Poem by Rachel Field From The Cloud by Percy Bysshe Shelley Foreign Children by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 18 "Tha' Munnot Waste No Time" from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Ethelred the Unready from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Mice with Pockets, and Others from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Beowulf Telleth How He Warred with the Sea Folk from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall
Beggars of the Sea from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Bee, the Harp, the Mouse, and the Bum-Clock from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton The Little Boy at Shunem from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Two Great Painters from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Whistling Wejack (Part 2 of 2) from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch The Great Doctor Franklin from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Fox and the Leopard from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Love and the Soul; or, The Story of Cupid and Psyche (Part 2 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Little Nest from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright The River Bank (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Quarrelsome Kittens, Anonymous The Shepherd by William Blake Fairy Dawn by Joseph Rodman Drake The Piper by William Blake Poem by Rachel Field How the Flowers Grow by Gabriel Setoun Change About, Anonymous
Week 19 "It Has Come!" from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett How Edmund Ironside Fought for the Crown from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Teeny Weeny and His Cousin from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess How Beowulf Overcame Grendel the Ogre from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Massacre of Bartholomew from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Master of All Masters from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton How a Little Girl Helped To Cure a Leper from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The King and the Bees from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin A Bubble Blower from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch Young George Washington from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Heron from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Mercury and Iris from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Spider and His Food from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright The River Bank (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
How Sleep the Brave by Williams Collins The Echoing Green by William Blake Wishing by William Allingham Consider by Christina Georgina Rossetti Poem by Rachel Field Marjorie's Almanac by Thomas Bailey Aldrich A Boy's Mother by James Whitcomb Riley
Week 20 "I Shall Live Forever—and Ever—and Ever!" from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Canute and the Waves from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Four Busy Little Miners from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess How the Water Witch Warred with the Dane Folk from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Siege of Leyden from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Dick Whittington and His Cat from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton The Chariots of Fire around Elisha from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Our First Great Painter from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Hay Day from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch Washington in the French War from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Cock and the Fox from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Neptune from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Very Queer Spiders from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright The Open Road (Part 1 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Bobolink by Clinton Scollard May Day by Sara Teasdale The Little Lark by Jane Taylor Taylor Verse by Robert Browning Poem by Rachel Field Verse, Anonymous The Sun Travels by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 21 Ben Weatherstaff from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Edward the Confessor from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Flitter the Bat and His Family from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess How Beowulf Overcame the Water Witch from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall William the Silent from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Fire-Bird, the Horse of Power, and the Princess Vasilissa from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton What the Lepers Found in the Camp from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Young Scout from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Star Nose from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch Washington in the Revolution from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Dog in the Manger from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The King and Queen of the Dead from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Out of Harm's Way from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright The Open Road (Part 2 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Fairy Queen, Anonymous May Night by Sara Teasdale The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson Corinna Going a-Maying by Robert Herrick Poem by Rachel Field The Oak Tree by Mary Howitt Tree-Toad by Hilda Conkling
Week 22 When the Sun Went Down from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Harold from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall An Independent Family from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess How Beowulf Returned to His Own Land from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall England from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Jack the Giant-Killer from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton Jehu, the Furious Driver of His Chariot (Part 1 of 2) from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Lad Who Rode Sidesaddle from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Adventures of a Meadow Caterpillar from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch The Victory at Yorktown and Washington as President from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Wolf and the Goat from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Kingdom from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Shell-Fish from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright The Wild Wood (Part 1 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes The Piper by William Blake Who Stole the Bird's Nest? by Lydia Maria Child Sweet Peas by John Keats Poem by Rachel Field The Green Grass Growing All Around, Anonymous America by Samuel Francis Smith
Week 23 Magic from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Battle of Stamford Bridge from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Digger and His Cousin Glutton from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess How the Fire Dragon Warred with the Goth Folk from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Elizabeth's Sailors from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Wise Men of Gotham from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton Jehu, the Furious Driver of His Chariot (Part 2 of 2) from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Whisperers from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Snowflakes (Part 1 of 2) from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch Thomas Jefferson from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Ass and the Grasshoppers from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Orpheus and Eurydice from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Story of Mr. Conch from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright The Wild Wood (Part 2 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
On the Grasshopper and the Cricket by John Keats The Lily by William Blake Verse, Anonymous ---JUNE--- Poem by Rachel Field Robert of Lincoln by William Cullen Bryant The Little Green Orchard by Walter de la Mare
Week 24 "Let Them Laugh" from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Battle of Hastings from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Shadow and His Family from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess How Beowulf Overcame the Dragon from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Drake's Voyage round the World from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Catskin from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton Saint Alban from Our Island Saints by Amy Steedman
How a Prince Learned To Read from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Snowflakes (Part 2 of 2) from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch Daniel Boone from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Mule from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Man Who Never Died from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Sea-Babies from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Mr. Badger (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
A Boy's Song by James Hogg The Blossom by William Blake Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean, Anonymous The Fairies of the Caldon Low by Mary Howitt Poem by Rachel Field Dewdrops by Mary F. Butts The Arrow and the Song by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Week 25 The Curtain from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett William the Conqueror—Hereward the Wake from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Two Famous Swimmers from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Beowulf's Last Rest from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Great Armada from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge King Stork from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton Elisha and the Bow; Jonah and Nineveh from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
"Read and You Will Know" from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Silk Funnel from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch Robert Fulton and the Steamboat from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Fox and the Goat from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Adventures of Perseus (Part 1 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon More about Sea-Babies from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Mr. Badger (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Children by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Night by William Blake Daisies by Bliss Carman Flower in the Crannied Wall by Alfred Lord Tennyson Poem by Rachel Field The Pine Lady by Richard Le Gallienne Flag Song by Lydia Avery Coonley Ward
Week 26 "It's Mother!" from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett William the Conqueror—Death of the King from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Spite the Marten and Pekan the Fisher from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess King Marsil's Council from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Among the Icebergs from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Hans in Luck from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton How the Ten Tribes Were Lost from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Young Cupbearer from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin An Invitation from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch William Henry Harrison from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Cat, the Cock, and the Young Mouse from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Adventures of Perseus (Part 2 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon About Mr. Drill from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Mr. Badger (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Milking Song by Jean Ingelow My Pretty Rose Tree by William Blake Scythe Song by Andrew Lang White Butterflies by Algernon Charles Swinburne Poem by Rachel Field A Song by James Whitcomb Riley The Cow by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 27 In the Garden from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Story of William the Red from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Reddy Fox Joins the School from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Emperor Charlemagne's Council from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Sir Humphrey Gilbert from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The White Bird from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The First Four Kings of Judah from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Sons of the Caliph from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Yelping Frog from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Andrew Jackson (Part 1 of 2) from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Wolf and the Shepherd from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Golden Fleece (Part 1 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Story of a War from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Dulce Domum (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Rain in Summer by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The Little Boy Lost by William Blake The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key Song of the Elf by Madison Cawein Poem by Rachel Field The Brook by Alfred Lord Tennyson One, Two, Three by Henry C. Bunner
Week 28 Up the Mountain to Alm-Uncle from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry I—The Story of the "White Ship" from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Old Man Coyote and Howler the Wolf from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Ganelon's Treason from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall
Virginia from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge
The Three Spinsters from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Little Boy Who Was Crowned King from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Boy and the Robbers from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Lotor, the Washer (Part 1 of 2) from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Andrew Jackson (Part 2 of 2) from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Peacock and the Crane from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Golden Fleece (Part 2 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon How Shell-Fish Feed from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Dulce Domum (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
On the Desert by William Wetmore Story The Little Boy Found by William Blake The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning An Old Song Re-Sung by John Masefield Poem by Rachel Field Hurt No Living Thing by Christina Georgina Rossetti The Little Elf-Man by John Kendrick Bangs
Week 29 At Home with Grandfather from Heidi by Johanna Spyri The Story of King Stephen from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Yowler and His Cousin Tufty from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Roland's Pride from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Story of the Revenge from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Mighty Mikko from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton Three Kings and a Great Prophet from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
A Lesson in Justice from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Lotor, the Washer (Part 2 of 2) from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Morse and the Telegraph from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Farmer and the Cranes from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter A Lost Secret from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon A Look at an Ant from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Dulce Domum (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Milking Time by Christina Georgina Rossetti From The Two Songs by William Blake The Song of the Busy Bee by Marian Douglas The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson Poem by Rachel Field If I Were Little as a Bee by John Martin Simple Simon, Mother Goose
Week 30 Out with the Goats from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry Plantagenet—Gilbert and Rohesia from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Some Big and Little Cat Cousins from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Roland Sounds His Horn from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Sir Walter Raleigh from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Husband Who Was To Mind the House from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Good King Hezekiah from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The General and the Fox from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Blue Damsel‑Flies from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch How the Telegraph Became Successful from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Farmer and His Sons from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Champion of Athens (Part 1 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Life of an Ant from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Mr. Toad (Part 1 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea by Allan Cunningham The Tiger by William Blake Answer to a Child's Question by Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Poppy by Jane Taylor Poem by Rachel Field What Do We Plant? by Henry Abbey The Night Will Never Stay by Eleanor Farjeon
Week 31 The Visit to Grandmother from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry Plantagenet—Thomas à Becket from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Bobby Coon Arrives from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Death of Oliver from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Fairy Queen from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Water of Life from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Lost Book Found in the Temple from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Bomb from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Visitors from the Sea from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Early Life of Abraham Lincoln from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Two Pots from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Champion of Athens (Part 2 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Ant's Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Mr. Toad (Part 2 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Child's Evening Prayer by Sabine Baring-Gould To Summer by William Blake Over Hill, Over Dale by William Shakespeare Over Hill, Over Dale by William Shakespeare Poem by Rachel Field The Fairies Have Never a Penny to Spend by Rose Fyleman Harry Hippopotamus by Helen Cowles Le Cron
Week 32 Two Visits and What Came of Them from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry Plantagenet—The Conquest of Ireland from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Buster Bear Nearly Breaks Up School from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Death of Roland from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall A Great Dramatist from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Last Four Kings of Judah and the Weeping Prophet (Part 1 of 2) from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
A Story of Old Rome from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Painted Turtle from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Lincoln in Public Life from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Goose and the Golden Egg from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Oracle from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Ants at Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Part 1 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Sea by Barry Cornwall The Schoolboy by William Blake To a Butterfly by William Wordsworth Hiawatha's Childhood by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poem by Rachel Field Song for Music by Thomas Hood Very Nearly by Queenie Scott-Hopper
Week 33 A New Chapter about New Things from Heidi by Johanna Spyri The Story of Richard Coeur de Lion from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Buster Bear's Big Cousins from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Return of Charlemagne from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Golden Days of Good Queen Bess from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Old Hag of the Forest from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Last Four Kings of Judah and the Weeping Prophet (Part 2 of 2) from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Saved by a Dolphin from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Cardinal Flowers from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Something about the Civil War from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Fighting Bulls and the Frog from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
His First Labor: The Lion from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon
The Ants on a Trip from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Part 2 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Song of Illyrian Peasants by Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Fly by William Blake The Dustman by Bliss Carman The Windy Night by Thomas Buchanan Read Poem by Rachel Field Night-Scented Flowers by Felicia Dorothea Hemans Farewell to the Farm by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 34 Fraulein Rottenmeier Spends an Uncomfortable Day from Heidi by Johanna Spyri The Story of How Blondel Found the King from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Unc' Billy and Old Mrs. Possum from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Coming of the Emir of Babylon from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall First Voyage of the East India Company from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Simpleton and His Little Black Hen from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton What Ezekiel Saw in the Valley from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
"Little Brothers of the Air" from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Nim Fay, the Sap Drinker from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Something about the Spanish War from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Mouse and the Weasel from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter His Second Labor: The Hydra from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Farmer Ants from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Toad's Adventures (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Kentucky Babe by Richard Henry Buck Laughing Song by William Blake Farm-Yard Song by John Townsend Trowbridge To a Child: Written in Her Album by William Wordsworth Poem by Rachel Field Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson The Swallow by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Week 35 There Is a Great Commotion in the Large House from Heidi by Johanna Spyri John Lackland—The Story of Prince Arthur from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Lightfoot, Blacktail and Forkhorn from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Punishment of Ganelon from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Story of Henry Hudson from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Katie Woodencloak from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton Saint Giles from In God's Garden by Amy Steedman
A Clever Slave from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Sandy the Swallow from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch How the Unted States Became Larger (Part 1 of 2) from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Farmer and the Snake from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
His Third Labor: The Stag from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon
Ants and Their Trades from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Toad's Adventures (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Chanticleer by Katherine Tynan Hinkson Nurse's Song by William Blake The Swallow by Christina Georgina Rossetti Dirge on the Death of Oberon, the Fairy King by G. W. Thornbury Poem by Rachel Field The Green Gnome by Robert Buchanan The Mountain and the Squirrel by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Week 36 Herr Sesemann Hears of Things That Are New to Him from Heidi by Johanna Spyri John Lackland—The Story of the Great Charter from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Bugler, Flathorns and Wanderhoof from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess How Robin Hood Came To Live in the Green Wood from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Captain John Smith from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Dwarfs' Tailor from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Jewish Captives in the Court of the King from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Dark Day from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin A Pond‑Lily's Guests from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch How the Unted States Became Larger (Part 2 of 2) from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Sick Stag from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter His Fourth Labor: The Boar from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Slave Ants from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Toad's Adventures (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Nathan Hale by Francis Miles Finch A Dream by William Blake My Heart's in the Highlands by Robert Burns The Sandpiper by Celia Thaxter Poem by Rachel Field Hunting Song by Sir Walter Scott To Mother Fairie by Alice Cary
Week 37 Another Grandmother from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry III of Winchester—Hubert de Burgh from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Thunderfoot, Fleetfoot and Longcoat from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Meeting of Robin Hood and Little John from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Founding of Quebec from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Christmas Cuckoo from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Golden Image and the Fiery Furnace from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Surly Guest from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Dusky Ducks from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Benjamin Franklin (Part 1 of 4) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Goatherd and the Wild Goats from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
His Fifth Labor: The Augean Stable from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon
Wonder Ants from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Wayfarers All (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
September by Frank Dempster Sherman To Morning by William Blake The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear Allen-a-Dale by Sir Walter Scott Poem by Rachel Field When I Was a Little Boy, Anonymous Young Night-Thought by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 38 Heidi Gains in One Way and Loses in Another from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry III of Winchester—Simon de Montfort from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Two Wonderful Mountain Climbers from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Wedding of Allan-a-Dale from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Pilgrim Fathers from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Clever Manka from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Tree That Was Cut Down and Grew Again from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Story of a Great Story from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Signs on the Hill from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Benjamin Franklin (Part 2 of 4) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Spendthrift and the Swallow from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter More Labors from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Ways of Ants from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Wayfarers All (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
De Sheepfol' by Sarah Platt Greene The Fairy by William Blake The Arrow and the Song by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Pebbles by Frank Dempster Sherman Poem by Rachel Field The Windmill by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I Love You, Mother by Joy Allison
Week 39 A Ghost in the House from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry III—The Story of the Poisoned Dagger from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Piggy and Hardshell from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Robin Hood and the Butcher from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Thirty Years of War from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Susan Walker, What a Talker! from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Writing upon the Wall from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The King and the Page from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Old Boulder from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Benjamin Franklin (Part 3 of 4) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Cat and the Birds from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter His Eleventh Labor: The Garden of the Hesperides from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mr. Worm and His Family from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Wayfarers All (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Campbells Are Comin', Anonymous The Cloud by Sara Teasdale The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt The Lost Doll by Charles Kingsley Poem by Rachel Field SEPTEMBER POEM The Drum by Eugene Field
Week 40 A Summer Evening on the Mountain from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Edward I—The Little War of Chalons from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall The Mammals of the Sea from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Robin Hood and the Bishop from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Dutch at Sea from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Aschenputtel from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton Daniel in the Den of Lions from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Hunted King from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Heath Bells and Berries from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Benjamin Franklin (Part 4 of 4) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Dog and the Oyster from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter His Twelfth Labor: The Descent into Hades from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mr. Earth-Worm at Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Further Adventures of Toad (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Owl by Alfred Lord Tennyson To Autumn by William Blake The Eagle by Alfred Lord Tennyson The Captain Stood on the Carronade by Frederick Marryat Poem by Rachel Field The Sandpiper by Celia Thaxter October's Party by George Cooper
Week 41 Sunday Bells from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Edward I—The Lawgiver from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall The Ol' Beech Pa'tridge (Part 1 of 2) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long Robin Hood and Maid Marian from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Great South Land from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Puss in Boots; or, The Master Cat from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Story of a Joyous Journey from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
"Try, Try Again!" from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Cone Hunt from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Daniel Webster (Part 1 of 5) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Astrologer from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Choice of Hercules from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mr. Worm at Work from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Further Adventures of Toad (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Hag by Robert Herrick The Clod and the Pebble by William Blake To an Autumn Leaf, Anonymous October's Bright Blue Weather by Helen Hunt Jackson Poem by Rachel Field Sir Patrick Spens, Anonymous Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 42 Preparations for a Journey from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Edward I—The Hammer of the Scots from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall The Ol' Beech Pa'tridge (Part 2 of 2) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long Robin Hood and the Silver Arrow from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Van Riebeek's Colony from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Murdoch's Rath from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton Saint Ursula (Part 1 of 2) from In God's Garden by Amy Steedman
Why He Carried the Turkey from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin A Tuft of Evening Primroses from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Daniel Webster (Part 2 of 5) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin Three Bullocks and a Lion from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Tunic of Nessus from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mr. Worm's Cottage by the Sea from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Further Adventures of Toad (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Cavalier's Escape by Walter Thornbury Eternity by William Blake ---OCTOBER--- The Sands of Dee by Charles Kingsley Poem by Rachel Field Auld Daddy Darkness by James Ferguson Robin Redbreast by William Allingham
Week 43 A Visitor from Heidi by Johanna Spyri The Story of King Robert the Bruce and Bohun from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Following the Deer (Part 1 of 6) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long Robin Hood and King Richard from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall In the Days of Oliver Cromwell from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Faithful John, the King's Servant from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton Saint Ursula (Part 2 of 2) from In God's Garden by Amy Steedman
The Paddle-Wheel Boat from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin A Strange Cloak from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Daniel Webster (Part 3 of 5) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin Mercury and the Woodman from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Apple of Discord from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mr. Worm at Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright "Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears" (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Lullaby for Titania by William Shakespeare The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake Lord Lovel, Anonymous Friends by L. G. Warner Poem by Rachel Field The Basket-Makers by E. V. Lucas Jack Frost by Gabriel Setoun
Week 44 A Compensation from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Story of the Battle of Bannockburn from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Following the Deer (Part 2 of 6) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long The Death of Robin Hood from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Two Famous Admirals from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Flax from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The New Temple on Mount Moriah from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Caliph and the Gardener from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Sir Talis from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Daniel Webster (Part 4 of 5) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Frog and the Mouse from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Daedalus and Icarus from A Child's Book of Myths and Enchantment Tales by Margaret Evans Price A Look at a House-Fly from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright "Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears" (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Indian Summer by John Greenleaf Whittier Thoughts by Sara Teasdale Gaelic Lullaby, Anonymous The Frost Spirit by John Greenleaf Whittier Poem by Rachel Field Indian Summer by John Greenleaf Whittier How the Leaves Came Down by Susan Coolidge
Week 45 Winter in Dorfli from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Edward III of Windsor—The Battle of Sluys from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Following the Deer (Part 3 of 6) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long The Early Home of Joan from The Beautiful Story of Joan of Arc by Viola Ruth Lowe De Ruyter from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Molly Whuppie from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Beautiful Queen of Persia (Part 1 of 2) from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Cowherd Who Became a Poet from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Vase and the Plume from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Daniel Webster (Part 5 of 5) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Fox and the Crab from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Diana and Actaeon from A Child's Book of Myths and Enchantment Tales by Margaret Evans Price How To Look at a Fly from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright "Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears" (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Splendor Falls by Alfred Lord Tennyson From Auguries of Innocence by William Blake November by Alice Cary ---NOVEMBER--- Sunday from Poems by Rachel Lyman Field The Tiger by William Blake Jack Frost by Hannah Flagg Gould
Week 46 The Winter Continues from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Edward III of Windsor—The Battle of Crecy from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Following the Deer (Part 4 of 6) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long The First Call from The Beautiful Story of Joan of Arc by Viola Ruth Lowe The Founder of Pennsylvania from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge How One Turned His Trouble to Some Account from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Beautiful Queen of Persia (Part 2 of 2) from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Lover of Men from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Port of Elm from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch Abraham Lincoln (Part 1 of 4) from Four Great Americans by James Baldwin The Serpent and the Eagle from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Pegasus and Bellerophon from A Child's Book of Myths and Enchantment Tales by Margaret Evans Price Mrs. Fly and Her Foes from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Return of Ulysses (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
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READING-LITERATURE: Third Reader  by Harriette Taylor Treadwell

The Enchanted Horse


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In far away Persia the sultan held great feasts on the first day of the year. To one of these feasts came a Hindu with a wooden horse. It was so well made that it looked in every way like a real horse.

The Hindu threw himself upon his face before the throne, and said, "This horse is a wonder. If I mount my horse and wish myself in any part of the earth, in a short time I find myself there. If your majesty command me, I will show you this wonder."

The sultan, who was fond of anything curious, bade the Hindu show what he could do. The Hindu put his foot into the stirrup, mounted the horse, and asked the sultan to command him.

"Ride to yonder mountain," said the sultan, "and bring me a branch of the palm tree that grows at the foot of the hill."

The Hindu turned a peg that was in the hollow of the horse's neck. The horse rose from the ground and carried his rider through the air with the speed of the wind. In a few minutes the man returned with the palm branch and laid it at the feet of the sultan. The sultan was filled with wonder and wished to have the horse.

"Sire," said the Hindu, "I will not part with my horse unless I receive the hand of your fair daughter as my bride. This is the only bargain I can make with you."

The people laughed at this proposal, and the prince was very angry. "Father," he said, "I hope you will consider that an insult."

"Son," said the sultan, "I will not give him my daughter, but before I bargain with him try the horse yourself and tell me what you think of it."

The Hindu was delighted to have the prince try the horse. He ran before the prince to help him mount the horse, and to show him how to guide it. But the prince mounted the wonderful horse without waiting for the Hindu to help him. He turned the peg which he had seen the Hindu use. Instantly the horse rose into the air and they were soon out of sight.

The Hindu was alarmed. He threw himself at the feet of the sultan and cried, "Sire, your majesty saw that the horse flew away so rapidly I could not tell the prince the secret of bringing him back. Let us hope that he will find the peg which will do so."

The sultan saw the danger for his son. "May he not land on a rock or in the sea?" he asked the Hindu.

"No," replied the Hindu. "The horse will go where he wishes, and he will wish to land in a place of safety."

"Your head shall answer for my son's life if he does not return," said the sultan. He then ordered his officers to throw the Hindu into prison.

In the meantime the prince was carried into the air, higher and higher. At last he rose so high he could not see the earth. It was then he began to think about returning. He turned the peg the other way, but to his horror he found that the horse rose still higher. Then he remembered he had not waited to learn how to descend. He examined the horse's head and neck, and found a small peg behind his ear. He turned this peg and soon found that he was slowly descending.

It was dark and he did not know where he was going, but he wished he would land in a place of safety. When the horse alighted he found himself on the roof of a grand palace. He looked about and saw a bright light shining through the curtains. He listened. All was quiet. He pulled a curtain aside and stepped in.


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There on a couch lay the most beautiful maiden he had ever seen. He fell on his knees beside her and gently touched her sleeve. The princess opened her eyes and, seeing a handsome prince, was too surprised to speak.

The prince bowed low and said, "Beautiful princess, you see before you the son of the Sultan of Persia. I have had a wonderful adventure. Yesterday I was in my father's court, to-day I am in an unknown land and I pray for your protection."

"Take courage, prince," replied the princess, "hospitality is met with in our country as well as in Persia. I am the daughter of the Sultan of Bengal and I grant you the protection you ask. As you must be in need of food and rest I will order my servants to attend you."

The next morning the princess dressed herself with great care, and sent word to the prince that she would see him. He hastened to her. After thanking her he told her all about the enchanted horse. Then he said, "I must return to my father, the sultan."

The princess begged that he remain long enough to know something of the country. The prince could not refuse the request and for many days there was great feasting. At last the prince saw that he must return to his home. He then begged the princess to go back to Persia with him as his bride.

The next morning they went to the roof of the palace. The prince turned the head of the horse toward Persia. He placed the princess behind him and turned the peg, and the horse once more mounted into the air. In a very short time they arrived at the capital of Persia.

The sultan was delighted to see his son again and consented to his marriage with the princess.

Then he sent for the Hindu and said, "My son has returned. Take your horse and be gone forever."

The Hindu was very angry and wished to be revenged. He mounted his horse and, snatching up the princess of Bengal, placed her behind him. Then he turned the peg and the horse rose into the air.

When the prince saw his beloved princess borne away on the enchanted horse he lost no time, but dressed himself as a dervish and started in search of her.

In the meantime the Hindu, with the princess, had arrived at the capital of Cashmere. He did not enter the city, but left the princess on a grassy spot in the woods and went to get her some food and drink. Hearing someone passing, the princess cried out for help. It was the Sultan of Cashmere returning from the hunt. He heard the cries of the princess and went to her rescue.

The princess said, "I am a princess. This Hindu is a wicked magician who brought me here on an enchanted horse."

The sultan ordered the guard to bind the Hindu and throw him into prison. Then he took the princess to his palace. She thought, when she had told her story, that he would help her to return to Persia, but the sultan resolved to marry her himself the very next day.

At daybreak the princess was awakened by the sound of drums and bugles. The sultan soon arrived and informed her that it was a part of their marriage ceremony.

This filled the princess with horror and she pretended to go mad.

The sultan ordered the wedding to be put off until the princess was better. But the princess was too wise to get better.

The sultan sent for all the doctors in the country to cure her madness, but the princess flew at them in such a rage that they were afraid to go near her.

The prince of Persia heard of this princess who had gone mad, and of the enchanted horse. He decided it must be the princess of Bengal. He hastened to the kingdom of Cashmere dressed as a doctor. He went to the palace and declared he could cure the princess. The sultan had given up all hope, but he allowed the doctor to see the mad princess.

When he entered the room the princess turned to fly at him. But when she saw that it was her own dear prince she fell into his arms and wept for joy. Then she told him all that had happened, and that she had only pretended to go mad.

The prince went to the sultan and said, "There is only one way to cure the princess. Some of the magic from the enchanted horse has entered into her. She must be set on the horse's back, a fire lighted around her and an incense burned in the flames. I promise you that the princess will be completely cured in a few minutes."

The next day the enchanted horse was brought into the open square. A great crowd of people gathered to see the wonderful cure. The sultan and his court were in the gallery which was built for the occasion.

The princess, dressed in a fine robe and covered with jewels, was placed on the horse. The fire was lighted and some incense thrown into it. Soon a dense cloud of smoke surrounded the princess so that she could not be seen. The prince jumped up behind her and turned the peg.

Just as the horse rose into the air the prince said, "Sultan, if you would marry a princess, you must first get her consent."

That same day they arrived in Persia, where they were married and lived happily ever after.

Arabian Nights