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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471288918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471288916
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The McGuffey's Revised Second and Third Eclectic Readers combine a number of lessons into one. They can be used for reading comprehension or as copybooks for improving handwriting skills. The numerous poems can be used to improve memory skills. Furthermore, many of the lessons are focused on nature subjects such as birds, insects, farm animals, etc., and will supplement a natural history text for teaching early scientific observation. Most importantly, all the lessons are moral and help to preserve childhood innocence, something that is sorely needed in today's world. Filled with beautiful illustrations, these hardcover textbooks are an outstanding value.
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Format: Paperback
At the end of my daughter's kindergarten class (she was 5) I was told by her school that she would probably start reading in first grade. Half way through first grade, I was told she was a little slow and not picking up things as fast as she could. At this point, I stepped in and taught my daughter to read using "Noah Websters' Blue Backed Speller" and "McGuffey's Readers."

"McGuffey's Readers" are a delight. I read the books cover to cover and loved every single story contained therein. These two literary tools [the Readers and the BB Speller] were how America learned to read for 150 years. And after *wasting* 18 months listening to reading "specialists" in public schools, *I* taught my daughter to read in under 6 weeks.

She is now in her sophomore year of college (honor student, too) and is a prolific reader.

I *highly* recommend McGuffey's Readers for any parent who wants to teach their child to read. It is a book you will keep forever, and it is something to be handed down to your children and their children and on and on.

And as a prior reviewer stated, they are a real keyhole peak into a bygone time. Plus, the stories are very moral and leave a strong [good!] impression on young minds.
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I really don't get it.

I was thinking about using this for our home schooling curriculum. I downloaded the Kindle version (free!) largely to look at, although my son loves reading on my Kindle so I could have saved myself buying a copy.

Anyway. There is something seriously wrong with the digital copy. It looks like somebody didn't scan the text properly because the heading is scattered throughout the text. Like this:

The cat

MCGUFFEY'S

looked at the mouse. The mouse

THIRD ECLECTIC READER

ran very fast.

(for example). It's unusable. It totally breaks up the flow of the text, and the reader would have to read around these extra words. I know my son is very particular and would probably insist on reading these extra words. Which totally destroys the point of doing oral reading exercises.

Does anybody know why it would do this, or if it could be fixed? I'm on to find a different copy... at the very least, this did afford me the chance to look at the books without going to the store. But we won't be able to use this digital copy.
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Format: Hardcover
I can't believe that this book was used in this country's public schools once upon a time! (It actually mentions God, although it doesn't ascribe to any one particular religion). It's values and lessons like these that once helped this nation become great. What else do you expect when its citizens are taught as young students to obey/respect adults, help the weak, speak gently, be honest, not backbite, not show-off, etc.? I feel that today's books are afraid to teach morals to our children, and the vocabulary and sentence structure in today's readers are too simplistic. I am thrilled with this find and am recommending it to everyone. I love the discussions that each passage sparks in my household and it's safe to say that my 8 yr old and 6 yr old sons are enjoying it as much as I am.
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By kad on December 27, 2012
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I love the free books for the Kindle. They greatly expand our homeschool reading beyond what we can find at our library as well as allow us to keep a copy as long as we need. It has been fun to compare the teaching of the topic over time.
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Many lessons in one - reading, spelling. vocabulary, poetry, natural history. I especially like that the book contains many character lessons - perseverance, honesty, responsibility, gratitude, obedience , etc. I highly recommend it .
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Two ladies clubs donated these McGuffey Readers, to be used in a historical school house. These are replacing the ones that have been in use since the school reopened in 1986. Children will be enjoying them for the next 25 years, during their visit to what school was like in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Yet another great purchase from Amazon. A sincere thank you to both Amazon and the ladies' clubs who donated them.
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All of the McGuffey's Eclectric Readers are old style but I love them we have all of them and use them weekly with my four kids I homeschool on different levels. There are other resources online to go along with them
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