Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans

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2003
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     *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK STORIES OF GREAT AMERICANS ***
     Produced by Juliet Sutherland, Michael Lockey and PG Distributed Proofreaders
 STORIES OF GREAT AMERICANS FOR LITTLE AMERICANS

 BY

 EDWARD EGGLESTON

 AUTHOR OF "TRUE STORIES OF AMERICAN LIFE AND ADVENTURE" "A FIRST BOOK IN AMERICAN HISTORY" AND "A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES AND ITS PEOPLE FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS"

     1895
 PREFACE.

     The primary aim of this book is to furnish the little learner reading matter that will excite his attention and give him pleasure, and thus make lighter the difficult task of learning to read. The ruggedness of this task has often been increased by the use of disconnected sentences, or lessons as dry and uninteresting as finger exercises on the piano. It is a sign of promise that the demand for reading matter of interest to the child has come from teachers. I have endeavored to meet this requirement in the following stories.
     As far as possible the words chosen have been such as are not difficult to the little reader, either from their length or their unfamiliarity. The sentences and paragraphs are short. Learning to read is like climbing a steep hill, and it is a great relief to the panting child to find frequent breathing places.
     It is one of the purposes of these stories to make the mind of the pupil familiar with some of the leading figures in the history of our country by means of personal anecdote. Some of the stories are those that every American child ought to know, because they have become a kind of national folklore. Such, for example, are "Putnam and the Wolf" and the story of "Franklin's Whistle." I have thought it important to present as great a variety of subjects as possible, so that the pupil may learn something not only of great warriors and patriots, but also of great statesmen. The exploits of discoverers, the triumphs of American inventors, and the achievements of men of letters and men of science, find place in these stories. All the narratives are historical, or at least no stories have been told for true that are deemed fictitious. Every means which the writer's literary experience could suggest has been used to make the stories engaging, in the hope that the interest of the narrative may prove a sufficient spur to exertion on the part of the pupil, and that this little book will make green and pleasant a pathway that has so often been dry and laborious. It will surely serve to excite an early interest in our national history by giving some of the great personages of that history a place among the heroes that impress the susceptible imagination of a child. It is thus that biographical and historical incidents acquire something of the vitality of folk tales.
     The illustrations that accompany the text have been planned with special reference to the awakening of the child's attention. To keep the mind alert and at its best is more than half the battle in teaching. The publishers and the author of this little book believe that in laying the foundation of a child's education the best work is none too good.
     The larger words have been divided by hyphens when a separation into syllables is likely to help the learner. The use of the hyphen has been regulated entirely with a view to its utility. After a word not too difficult has been made familiar by its repeated occurrence, the hyphens are omitted.
 CONTENTS.

     The First Governor in Boston
 Marquette in Iowa
 Indian Pictures
 William Penn and the Indians
 One Little Bag of Rice
 The Story of a Wise Woman
 Franklin his own Teacher
 How Franklin found out Things
 Franklin asks the Sunshine something
 Franklin and the Kite
 Franklin's Whistle
 Too much for the Whistle
 John Stark and the Indians
 A Great Good Man
 Putnam and the Wolf
 Washington and his Hatchet
 How Benny West learned to be a Painter
 Washington's Christmas Gift
 How Washington got out of a Trap
 Washington's Last Battle
 Marion's Tower
 Clark and his Men
 Daniel Boone and his Grapevine Swing
 Daniel Boone's Daughter and her Friends
 Decatur and the Pirates
 Stories about Jefferson
 A Long Journey
 Captain Clark's Burning Glass
 Quicksilver Bob
 The First Steamboat
 Washington Irving as a Boy
 Don't give up the Ship
 Grandfather's Rhyme
 The Star-spangled Banner
 How Audubon came to know about Birds
 Audubon in the Wild Woods
 Hunting a Panther
 Some Boys who became Authors
 Daniel Webster and his Brother
 Webster and the Poor Woman
 The India-rubber Man
 Doctor Kane in the Frozen Sea
 A Dinner on the Ice
 Doctor Kane gets out of the Frozen Sea
 Longfellow as a Boy
 Kit Carson and the Bears
 Horace Greeley as a Boy
 Horace Greeley learning to Print
 A Wonderful Woman
 The Author of "Little Women"
 My Kingdom
 A Song from the Suds
 
 STORIES OF GREAT AMERICANS.

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