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The first Principles of Religion.*** 1817. 6 years. This is a very pretty entertaining book, in which the existence of the Deity, and the principles of right and wrong, are laid down with much clearness, truth, and feeling
Footsteps to Mrs. Trimmer's Sacred History. 1816, 6 and 7 years. A charming and instructive work, which has been mentioned in another place, and cannot be spoken of too highly
Mrs. Trimmer's Description of New Testament Prints. 6 and 7 years. A work also of great merit, which has likewise been noticed and recommended elsewhere.*
Mrs. Barbauld's Hymns in Prose for Children. 5 and 6 years. Simple expressions of love, gratitude, and praise, are here happily blended, and form a pretty work, and a favourite one with
readers. Dr. Watts's Divine Songs for Children. 4, 5, and 6 years, and upwards. A most useful and deservedly popular little work.
NATURAL HISTORY. The Rational Dame. 1816. ***
6 and 7 years. In the first seven pages of this book are many words which should not occur in one for a child : for example, metaphorically, pensiveness, meditation, rumination, reference, deliberately, &c. These excepted, the work is useful and entertaining, being designed to afford instruction upon the qualities and habits of British animals.
* Private Educativo.
Instinct Displayed. 1814. 10 years. A very pleasing, clever, and useful work, by Priscilla Wakefield, written in the form of letters.
Dialogues on curious Subjects in Natural History. 1816. 9 years. This is also an instructive and pleasing book. It is to be regretted, however, that such elementary works are, in general, not sufficiently reduced to the level of a child's capacity ; but parts may, notwithstanding, be advantageously selected by the mother from the foregoing, as well as the following books on the important subject of natural productions, for the use of her children.
Mental Improvement. 10 years. A well known and highly approved work.
Key to Knowledge. 1817. 9 years. A very unaffected, instructive, entertaining performance, and greatly superior to many works of the kind, where anecdote and example are pushed forth in a harsh manner, to set off the previous remarks. It is difficult to avoid some hard words in explanations, but it is to be wished that the author, in preparing a new edition, which doubtless will be called for, would change such words as copiously, insalubrious, exudes, unvitiated, volatile, &c., for others more simple.
Charlotte Smith's Conversations. 1815. 12 years. An elegant, useful, and instructive work upon natural history, manners and customs of nations, and a variety of other subjects. It is extremely well adapted to youth of either sex.
Natural History of Birds, for young Persons, by Charlotte Smith. 14 years and upwards. A very useful and entertaining work, richly interspersed with
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most agreeable reflections and original anecdotes. The plan is regular and scientific, and yet perfectly suited to young minds of the age marked. The accompanying plates are beautifully executed; the poetry and selections scattered through the volumes appropriate and elegant.
Natural History explained in familiar Dialogues, by J. Rippingham. 4 vols. 10 to 14 years. The subjects of these volumes are arranged according to the Linnæan system, but the foreign derivations are only very slightly alluded to. The dialogues are simple, short, and easy to understand, and the whole work must be a very acceptable present to young persons.
The Dew Drop (in verse), 1816. 6,7, and 8 years. A number of poems on natural history, so pretty, that we can only regret there are so few of this really useful and very entertaining kind in the collections for children.
HISTORY OF PERSONS, OR BIOGRAPHY.
A biography in the form of dialogues, concerning the early lives of fifteen eminent persons, of which number are Newton, Cumberland, Johnson, Franklin, Chapone, &c. Parents and teachers may look with anxiety for a sequel to this pretty and interesting little volume.* HISTORY OF MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF
NATIONS, OR GEOGRAPHY.
* The records of antiquity might be searched, and surely modern history will afford examples of eminence and virtue ?
very pleasing, spirited, entertaining work, and well calculated to be an assistance to a mother, in the plan she may adopt according to its instructions.
Sketches of Human Manners. 9 years. A pretty little instructive volume.
The Family Robinson Crusoe. 2 vols. 9 years and upwards. This is a work of the highest merit, with sufficient attraction to rivet the attention of young and old. A Swiss pastor and his wife are herein described on a desert island with four sons; and the expedients to supply their several wants are truly curious and instructive : added to which, there are large portions of valuable information in natural history introduced, and the whole is crowned by a noble and most impressive moral.
The New Robinson Crusoe. 8 years. A most use ful delightful book for children, which has been often referred to.
Prince Lee Boo. 12 years. A well known instructive and entertaining narrative.
Abridgment of Ancient History. 12 years. Very useful for learning by heart in small pieces.
Evening Entertainments. J. B. Depping. 12 years and upwards. These very useful little volumes are written by a gentleman fully qualified to adorn every subject on which he employs his pen. He has here given, in the form of very natural and easy dialogue, a great mass of information upon the manners and customs of the principal inhabitants of the known countries of the globe, and has enriched his descriptions with anecdotes, and agreeable and original remarks, which raise his reputation in this country as. highly as his many works in a neighbouring one have
done. The work must be entertaining to any grown person of sense or education.
HISTORY OF KINGDOMS AND STATES, OR,
ANCIENT AND MODERN HISTORY. Mrs. Trimmer's Little Histories of England, and of Rome, and her Ancient History, have been deservedly praised and recommended in the latter part of this work. They are generally adapted to the ages of seven, eight, and upwards.
Easy Lessons in the History of England. 1814. 9 years. A generally good book, but long words are rather too frequently used, and a few expressions occur, which children should not hear, or know, as Richard III.was cruel, treacherous, cunning, blood-thirsty, &c.
FICTION.-HISTORICAL FICTION. Rational Sports. 6 and 7 years. A pretty little useful work, explaining the nature of things most in use.
Present for a Little Boy. 7 years. This book has been some time published. The subject is generally instructive, and the moral good. It is adorned by very superior engravings.
Present for a Little Girl. 7 years. A sequel to the former, equally happy in its plan, and successful in its object.
Rational Brutes. 5 and 6 years. A number of domestic animals meet to hold an imaginary conversation upon
the treatment of men towards them. A charming little book, and worthy its author. One sentence only in page 18, is too coarse for a little child's perusal. Every other part is unexceptionable.