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McGuffey's Eclectic Primer, Revised Edition Hardcover – November 11, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; Revised Edition edition (November 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471288888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471288886
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Taught my 3 children to read with this set, this is to get my grandson started.
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I was amazed how fast he picked up reading with this book.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My kids were trying to read at toddler age. But trying to teach them with those commercial "I can read" books were impossible. They were distracted by the pretty pictures and would try to improvise and guess at words by looking at the pictures. Also, words like 'turtle' and 'trouble' are not first reader words.
But with this primer, the pictures are pretty but subtle and so the only thing left for the child to concentrate on are the words. Each section, which is one page each, starts with a small group of words to learn, some are memorizing words like "the" and some they can sound out like "cat." Then they take those words and read small paragraphs using those words. The following sections introduce more words and use those and previous words in the paragraphs. It's a very progressive thing and takes about 5 - 10 minutes per page so your child can read a section, run off to play and read another one the next day. It works and it is exciting hearing them read.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Last fall, we borrowed the Hooked on Phonics from a neighbor, and saw limited results with my 5 yr old son. BUT, I thought, some progress is better than none, so I begged my mother to buy Hooked on Phonics for Christmas. She didn't. I thought she was just being cheap by giving him a McGuffey Primer, but I have seen my son FLY through the lessons. He is reading with comprehension and retaining the words better than I ever could have imagined. Hooked on Phonics was just too colorful, included too much media (little books, big books, stickers, CDRoms, videotapes, etc.) and was, I don't know, just so HECTIC feeling. With these readers, we sit together on the couch, my son is able to go at his own pace, and have a real sense of accomplishment in just a 5-10 minute lesson. And he has an interest in reading *outside* of the lessons, also, which he didn't have before. I ENCOURAGE YOU to purchase this reader, as well as the entire set, since when you have one, you'll want them all.
BTW- *My son* asked Grandma for the next McGuffey reader for his birthday. Pretty cool, huh?
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Broomfield on May 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Originally Attracted to the McGuffey readers for the novelty of it, I bought the Primer shortly after my first child was born. I read it myself, thought the pedagogy sound--particularly the writers' decision to avoid allowing children to use pictures to "guess" the words--and I came to appreciate the simplicity and clarity of the short lessons. While I use many other beginning reader books to help teach my five-year-old daughter to read, we have been working through the McGuffey Primer and loving it, primarily because the lessons are short enough to keep my daughter's attention and to allow her to feel at the end of each lesson that she has accomplished something.
I particularly appreciate the "Reviews" that come after each set of four or five lessons. No pictures means that the child must entirely depend on her/his memory of the words from previous lessons and on phonetics in order to make her/his way through the review.
One slight drawback would be that for some of the lessons, the story line is not clear enough to catch the child's attention. On some occassions, my daughter reads all the words, but she fails to comprehend the lesson's meaning. This is rare, but more modern readers do a better job of making their stories engaging enough that the child forgets how "hard" it is to read, and instead races through the book to find out what happens.
Nonetheless, I think that parents who are serious about teaching their children to read and who understand the value of supplementing their child's school curriculum, will appreciate the Primer and subsequent titles in the McGuffey series. At the same time, they will expose themselves and their children to a bit of Americana!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my 6 year old who is having some trouble learning to read. I love the book for its simplicity. The first couple of pages show the alphabet letters with the uppercase letters on one page and the lowercase letters on the other. My son has really enjoyed using those two pages to learn letter recognition. Then come the reading pages, and each page gets progressively more difficult as you go along. The black and white illustrations are simple and enjoyable but not distracting. Each page has a short lesson with letters and short words shown at the top of the page and sentences using the letters and words down below. My son has enjoyed trying to find the letters/short words from above in the sentences below. The earlier lessons use simple words such as cat and rat, but the lessons do get more complex as you continue along. I have enjoyed teaching my son some new vocabulary words with this book also as some of the older words are used such as lad instead of boy and nag instead of horse. The book is small and easy for a child to hold. This book is well worth the small investment, and I look forward to moving on to the other McGuffy's Readers as my son progresses.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Austin on October 29, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I just downloaded the Kindle edition to my iPad. It is a garbled version of the FREE Gutenberg Project transcription, which looks like an automated scan to text version.
No illustrations. "Typewriter" font, not the beautiful fonts claimed for the print version. It is not formatted to the page but just runs on like a webpage. (This is unfortunate because the original apparently had vocabulary lists above the text on the same page.)
There are misspelled words, typos, page headers and footers interspersed in the text, even strings of random characters.

I'm an educated adult and I can barely figure it out--I wouldn't think of giving it to a child!

I must say I'm disappointed, because I believe Kindle technology, with dictionary lookup and text-to-speech, could be a major advantage for beginning readers.
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