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McGuffey's Eclectic Primer, Revised Edition Hardcover – November 11, 1997
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When we started learning to read, I went straight to "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons," which had worked like a charm for my first ("Phonics Pathways" not so much.) My second really did not meet that book with any fondness whatsoever, and, in fact, the magic was lost to me as well, so bland and vacuous the stories ending up seeming to me.
So then I went to "The Reading Lesson; Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons," by Michael Levin and Charan Langston. Much better! We made our way through fairly pleasantly (with a couple of minor complaints on my part -- mostly that the authors created their own pronunciation symbols rather than universally used ones.) At the end, though. She was simply not a full-fledged reader!
So, exploring I went, and came to McGuffey. I have a couple of the more advanced books, which I have read aloud mostly in the past to 1 and 2, so great is the quality of the literature, but I suddenly thought that hope might dwell within the covers of the Primer. And it did! I bought the Kindle version and we sailed through, a quick lesson at a time! And so beautiful!!
She still needs work, so I can hardly wait to move on to the next.
Unfortunately, the scan quality isn't great, and some of the letters are a possible to confuse with other letters, and the diacritical marks become a little subtle (and sometimes increase the possibility of confusion); also some of the line-drawing pictures have become muddy and don't illustrate the sentences as well as clearer drawings might have.
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.