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THE PRIMER 



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READING -LITERATURE 



THE PRIMER 



ADAPTED AND GRADED 



BY 

HARRIETTE TAYLOR TREADWELL 

PRINCIPAL, WEST PULLMAK SCHOOL, CHICAGO 

AND 

MARGARET FREE 

PRIMARY TEACHER, FORESTVILLE SCHOOL, CHICAGO, 1898-1008 



ILLUSTRATED BY 
FREDERICK RICHARDSON 



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CHICAGO 

ROW, PETERSON & COMPANY 



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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBfUIlT 

GIFT OF 

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DEC II 1130 



Copyright, 1910 
ROW. PETERSON & CO- 

D. J. D. B. 



PREFACE 



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For years the most progressive educators have been urging that 
only good literature should be used in school readers. Some authors 
of primers have thought it impossible to provide such material with- 
in the vocabulary that beginners can learn with ease. Others have 
used a little real literature with a large amount of unrelated and 
uninteresting material specially prepared for the sake of word repe- 
tition and phonic drill. 

Experience proves that all children are interested in and enjoy 
the simple folk tales, which are the literary products of many minds 
and have survived the centuries, because they represent certain uni- 
versal human experiences and satisfy certain common needs of 
childhood. Through countless repetitions, from one generation to 
another, they have assumed a form marked by simplicity and a 
unique literary charm. 

After years of careful work we present some of these tales so 
as to utilize the child's love for the stories and make an easy road 
to reading. Avoiding the long struggle through forced interest, 
and the devious byways of artificial methods, we start the child at 
once into the realm of good, appropriate literature. 

The Authors 



CONTENTS 



PAGE 

The Little Red Hen 1 

The Gingerbread Boy 11 

The Old Woman and the Pig 25 

The Boy and the Goat 39 

The Pancake 51 

Chicken Little 65 

The Billy Goats Gruff 77 

Little Tuppens 89 

Little Spider's First Web 103 



TO LITTLE CHILDREN 
LEARNING TO READ 



seed wheat 

The little red hen found a seed. 
It was a little seed. 

The little red hen found a seed. 
It was a wheat seed. 



plant 

The little red hen found a seed. 
It was a wheat seed. 

The little red hen said, 
"Who will plant the seed?" 



pig cat dog 

The little red hen said, 
"Who will plant the seed?" 

The pig said, "Not I." 
The cat said, "Not I." 
The dog said, "Not I." 

The little red hen said, "I will." 



cut then 

The little red hen said, 
"Who will cut the wheat?" 

The pig said, "Not I." 
The cat said, "Not I." 
The dog said, "Not I." 

The little red hen said, 

"I will then." 
And she did. 



thresh 

The little red hen said, 
"Who will thresh the wheat?" 

The pig said, "Not I." 
The cat said, "Not I." 
The dog said, "Not I." 

The little red hen said, 

"I will then." 
And she did. 



grind 

The little red hen said, 
"Who will grind the wheat?" 

The pig said, "Not I." 
The cat said, "Not I." 
The dog said, "Not I." 

The little red hen said, 

"I will then." 
And she did. 



make bread 

The little red hen said, 
"Who will make the bread?" 

The pig said, "Not I." 
The cat said, "Not I." 
The dog said, "Not I." 

The little red hen said, 

"I will then." 
And she did. 



eat 

The little red hen said, 
"Who will eat the bread?" 

The pig said, "I will." 
The cat said, "I will." 
The dog said, "I will." 

The little red hen said, 

"You shall not eat the bread. 

I will eat it." 
And she did. 



Review Story 



The little red hen found a seed. 
It was a wheat seed. 

She said, 
"Who will plant the wheat? 
Who will cut the wheat? 
Who will thresh the wheat? 
Who will grind the wheat? 
Who will make the bread?" 

The pig said, "I will not." 
The cat said, "I will not." 
The dog said, "I will not." 

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The little red hen said, 
"Then you shall not eat the bread." 

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The Ging^erbread Boy 



There was a little old woman. 
There was a little old man. 

The little old woman had a cat. 
The little old man had a pig. 



wanted 
The little old woman wanted a boy. 
The little old man wanted a boy. 
The little old woman said, 

"I will make a gingerbread boy." 
So she made a gingerbread boy. 




ran away 

The gingerbread boy ran away. 
He ran away 

from the little old woman, 
He ran away 

from the little old man, 
He ran, and he ran, and he ran. 



met 

The gingerbread boy met a cat. 
He said, 

"I am a gingerbread boy, 

I am, I am, I am, 

I ran away 
from the little old woman. 



I ran away 

from the little old man, 
I can run away from you, 
I can, I can, I can. " 
And he ran, and he ran, and he ran. 



The gingerbread boy met a pig. 



He said, 

"I am a gingerbread boy, 

I am, I am, I am. 

I ran away 
from the little old woman, 

I ran away 
from the little old man, 

I ran away from the cat, 

I can run away from you, 

I can, I can, I can." 
And he ran, and he ran, and he ran. 



The gingerbread boy met a dog. 

He said, 
"I am a gingerbread boy, 

I am, I am, I am. 

I ran away 

from the little old woman, 



I ran away 

from the little old man, 
I ran away from the cat, 
I ran away from the pig, 
I can run away from you, 
I can, I can, I can." 
And he ran, and he ran, and he ran. 



The gingerbread boy met a hen. 

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He said, 
"I am a gingerbread boy, 
I am, I am, I am. 
I ran away 

from the little old woman, 
I ran away 

from the little old man, 
I ran away from the cat, 
I ran away from the pig, 
I ran away from the dog, 
I can run away from you, 
I can, I can, I can." 

And he ran, and he ran, and he ran. 



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fox 

The gingerbread boy met a fox. 

He said, 
"I am a gingerbread boy, 
I am, I am, I am. 
I ran away from the hen, 
I ran away from the dog, 
I ran away from the pig, 
I ran away from the cat, 



I ran away 
from the little old woman, 

I ran away 
from the little old man, 

I can run away from you, 

I can, I can, I can." 

And he ran, and he ran, and he ran 

The fox said, 
"You can run away 

from the little old woman. 
You can run away 

from the little old man, 
You can run away from the pig. 
You can run away from the dog. 






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You can run away from the cat, 
You can run away from the hen, 
But you can not run away 

from the fox. 
I shall eat you." 
And he did. 



There was a little old woman. 
There was a little old man. 
The little old woman wanted a boy. 
The little old man wanted a boy. 
So she made a gingerbread boy. 
The gingerbread boy ran away. 

He ran away 

from the little old woman, 

He ran away 

from the little old man, 

He ran away from the pig. 
He ran away from the cat. 
He ran away from the dog. 
He ran away from the hen. 
He did not run away from the fox. 

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The Old Woman and the Pig^ 




sixpence 



An old woman found a sixpence. 
She wanted a pig. 
She said, 

**I can get a pig. 

I can get a pig with the sixpence." 
And she did. 



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stile 

The pig came to a stile. 

The old woman said, 
"Pig, pig, get over the stile." 

The pig said, 

"I won't get over the stile." 
And he ran away. 
He ran away 

from the old woman. 



bite home 

The old woman met a dog. 

She said, 
"Dog, dog, bite pig. 
Pig won't get over the stile. 
And I can not get home to-night." 

The dog said, 

"I won't bite pig." 



stick beat 

The old woman met a stick. 

She said, 
"Stick, stick, beat dog. 
Dog won't bite pig. 
Pig won't get over the stile, 
And I can not get home to-night.' 

The stick said, 
"I won't beat dog." 



fire bum 

The old woman met a fire. 

She said, 

"Fire, fire, bum stick. 

Stick won't beat dog, 

Dog won't bite pig, 

Pig won't get over the stile, 

And I can not get home to-night." 

The fire said, 

"I won't bum stick." 

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water quench 

The old woman met some water. 
She said, 

"Water, water, quench fire. 

Fire won't bum stick. 

Stick won't beat dog, 

Dog won't bite pig. 

Pig won't get over the stile. 

And I can not get home to-night." 



The water said, 
"I won't quench fire.' 



ox drink 

The old woman met an ox. 

She said, 

"Ox, ox, drink water. 
Water won't quench fire, 
Fire won't bum stick, 
Stick won't beat dog, 
Dog won't bite pig, 



Pig won't get over the stile. 
And I can not get home to-night." 

The ox said, 
"I won't drink water." 



butcher kill 

The old woman met a butcher. 
She said, 

"Butcher, butcher, kill ox. 

Ox won't drink water, 



Water won't quench fire, 

Fire won't bum stick, 

Stick won't beat dog. 

Dog won't bite pig. 

Pig won't get over the stile, 

And I can not get home to-night.' 

The butcher said, 
"I won't kill ox." 



rope hang 

The old woman met a rope. 



She said, 
"Rope, rope, hang butcher. 
Butcher won^t kill ox, 
Ox won^t drink water. 
Water won't quench fire, 
Fire won't bum stick. 
Stick won't beat dog, 
Dog won't bite pig. 
Pig won't get over the stile. 
And I can not get home to-night." 



The rope said, 
"I won't hang butcher." 



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rat gnaw 

The old woman met a rat. 

She said, 
"Rat, rat, gnaw rope. 
Rope won't hang butcher, 
Butcher won't kill ox, 
Ox won't drink water, 
Water won't quench fire, 
Fire won't bum stick. 



stick won't beat dog, 

Dog won't bite pig, 

Pig won't get over the stile. 

And I can not get home to-night." 

The rat said, 
"Get me some cheese. 
And I will gnaw the rope." 



The old woman got some cheese. 
She gave it to the rat. 



The rat began to gnaw the rope, 
The rope began to hang the butcher, 
The butcher began to kill the ox. 
The ox began to drink the water, 
The water began to quench the fire. 
The fire began to bum the stick, 
The stick began to beat the dog. 
The dog began to bite the pig. 
The pig got over the stile. 
And the old woman 
got home that night. 



woods grass 

A little boy had a goat. 
The goat ran away. 
He ran into the woods. 
He found some grass. 
He wanted to eat the grass. 



would cry 

The little boy wanted to go home. 
The goat would not go home. 

The little boy said, 
"I can not go home. 
My goat ran into the woods. 
He will not go home." 

Then the boy began to cry. 



rabbit because 

A rabbit came by. 

He said, 
"Why do you cry, little boy?" 

The boy said, 
"I cry because my goat ran away. 
He ran into the woods. 
He will not go home." 



after 

The rabbit said, 
"Do not cry, little boy. 
I can make the goat go home." 

The rabbit ran into the woods. 
He ran after the goat. 
The goat would not go home. 
Then the rabbit began to cry. 



squirrel cries 

A squirrel came by. 
He said, 
"Why do you cry, little rabbit?" 

The rabbit said, 

"I cry because the little boy cries. 
The little boy cries 

because the goat will not go home." 



The squirrel said, 
"Do not cry, little boy. 
I can make the goat go home." 

The squirrel ran into the woods. 
He ran after the goat. 
The goat would not go home. 
Then the squirrel began to cry. 



A fox came by. 
He said, 

"Why do you cry, little squirrel?" 
The squirrel said, 

"I cry because the rabbit cries. 
The rabbit cries 

because the boy cries. 
The boy cries 

because the goat will not go home." 



The fox said, 
"Do not cry, little boy. 
I can make the goat go home." 

The fox ran into the woods. 
He ran after the goat. 
The goat would not go home. 
Then the fox began to cry. 



bee flew 

A little bee flew by. 
It said, 

"Why do you cry, little fox?" 

The fox said, 

"I cry because the squirrel cries. 
The squirrel cries 

because the rabbit cries. 
The rabbit cries 

because the boy cries. 



The boy cries 

because the goat will not go home." 



laughed 

The little bee said, 
"Do not cry, little boy. 
I can make the goat go home." 

The fox laughed and said, 

"I can not make the goat go home. 

Can a little bee make it go home?" 
Then the fox laughed and laughed. 



buzz sting 

The little bee flew into the woods. 
It said, "Buzz, buzz." 

The goat said, 
"A bee can sting. I will run." 

The goat ran home. 

Then the little boy laughed. 

He said, "Thank you, little bee." 




TKe Pancake 



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seven children 

An old woman had seven children. 
She made a big pancake. 
The children said, 

"We want that big pancake." 
The pancake heard the children. 
It said, 

"The children shall not eat me." 
And it rolled away. 



stop rolled 

The old woman ran after the pancake. 
The seven children ran after it. 
The old woman said, 

"Stop, pancake. 

My children want to eat you." 

The pancake said, 

"I can not stop for you." 
And it rolled away. 



saw good-day 

An old man saw the pancake. 
He said, 
"Good-day, pancake." 

"Good-day, old man," said the pancake. 

"Stop," said the old man. 
"Do not go so fast. 
I want to eat you." 



The pancake said, 
"I did not stop for the old woman, 
I did not stop for the seven children, 
I can not stop for you." 

And it rolled away. 

It rolled, and it rolled, and it rolled. 



A hen saw the pancake. 



She said, 
"Good-day, pancake." 



"Good-day, hen," said the pancake. 



"Stop, pancake," said the hen. 
"Do not go so fast. 
I want to eat you." 



The pancake said, 
"I did not stop for the old woman, 
I did not stop 

for the seven children, 
I did not stop for the old man, 
I can not stop for you." 



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And it rolled away. 

It rolled, and it rolled, and it rolled. 



cock 
A cock saw the pancake. 

He said, 
"Good-day to you, pancake." 

"Good-day, cock," said the pancake. 



"Stop," said the cock. 
"Do not go so fast. 
I want to eat you." 

The pancake said, 
"I did not stop for the old woman, 
I did not stop 

for the seven children, 
I did not stop for the old man, 
I did not stop for the hen, 
I can not stop for you." 

And it rolled away. 

It rolled, and it rolled, and it rolled. 



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A boy saw the pancake. 
"Stop, stop," said the boy. 

"You are a big pancake. 

I want to eat you." 

The pancake said, 
"I did not stop for the old woman, 
I did not stop 
for the seven children. 



I did not stop for the old man, 
I did not stop for the hen, 
I did not stop for the cock, 
I can not stop for you." 

And it rolled away. 

It rolled, and it rolled, and it rolled. 



A dog saw the pancake. 
"Stop, stop," said the dog. 



"You are a big pancake. 
I want to eat you." 

The pancake said, 
"I did not stop for the old woman, 
I did not stop 

for the seven children, 
I did not stop for the old man, 
I did not stop for the cock, 
I did not stop for the hen, 
I did not stop for the boy, 
I can not stop for you.'' 

And it rolled away. 

It rolled, and it rolled, and it rolled. 



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woods 
The pancake came to the woods. 
A pig saw the pancake. 
"Good-day to you," said the pig. 
"Good-day," said the pancake. 
"Do not go so fast," said the pig. 
"I will go into the woods with you." 



brook swim 

The pancake said, "I thank you. 

I will go with you." 
So they went into the woods. 
They came to a brook. 

The pig said, 

"I can swim over the brook." 
"I can not swim," said the pancake. 

"I can not go into the water." 



good snout 

The pig said, 

"Get on my snout, 

And I will swim over with you." 
The pancake got on the pig's snout. 
The pig said, "Ouf, ouf ! 

You are a good pancake." 
And he ate it up. 



Chicken Uttle 



tail fell sky 

Chicken Little was in the woods. 
A seed fell on his tail. 
Chicken Little said, 

"The sky is falling. 

I will run." 



Henny Penny 

Chicken Little met Henny Penny. 

He said, 
"The sky is falling, Henny Penny." 

Henny Penny said, 
"How do you know. Chicken Little?" 

Chicken Little said, 
"Some of it fell on my tail." 



"We will run," said Henny Penny. 
"We will run and tell the king." 



Turkey Lurkey 

They met Turkey Lurkey. 
Henny Penny said, 
"The sky is falling, Turkey Lurkey." 

"How do you know, Henny Penny?" 

"Chicken Little told me." 



"How do you know, Chicken Little?" 

"I saw it with my eyes. 
I heard it with my ears. 
Some of it fell on my tail." 

Turkey Lurkey said, 
"We will run. 
We will run and tell the king." 




Ducky Lucky 
They met Ducky Lucky. 



Turkey Lurkey said, 
"The sky is falling, Ducky Lucky." 

"How do you know, Turkey Lurkey?" 

"Henny Penny told me." 

"How do you know, Henny Penny?" 



"Chicken Little told me." 



" How do you know, Chicken Little?" 

"I saw it with my eyes. 
I heard it with my ears. 



Some of it fell on my tail. 
Ducky Lucky said. 



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"We will run. 

We will run and tell the king." 



Goosey Loosey 
They met Goosey Loosey. 
Ducky Lucky said, 
"The sky is falling, Goosey Loosey." 

"How do you know. Ducky Lucky?" 

"Turkey Lurkey told me." 



"How do you know, Turkey Lurkey?" 



"Henny Penny told me." 



"How do you know, Henny Penny?" 



"Chicken Little told me." 



"How do you know, Chicken Little?" 

"I saw it with my eyes. 
I heard it with my ears. 
Some of it fell on my tail." 



Goosey Loosey said, 
"We will run. 
We will run and tell the king." 

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Foxy Loxy 

They met Foxy Loxy. 

Goosey Loosey said, 
"The sky is falling, Foxy Loxy." 

"How do you know, Goosey Loosey?' 

"Ducky Lucky told me." 



'How do you know, Ducky Lucky." 



"Turkey Lurkey told me.". 



' How do you know, Turkey Lurkey? " 



*Henny Penny told me." 



'How do you know, Henny Penny?" 



'Chicken Little told me." 



'How do you know, Chicken Little?" 



' I saw it with my eyes. 
I heard it with my ears. 
Some of it fell on my tail." 



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den 
Foxy Loxy said, 
"We will run. 
We will run into niy den, 
And I will tell the king." 
They ran into Foxy Loxy's den, 
But they did not come out again. 



Review Story 



Chicken Little was in the woods. 

A seed fell on his tail. 

He met Henny Penny and said, 

"The sky is falling. 

I saw it with my eyes. 

I heard it with my ears. 

Some of it fell on my tail." 
He met Turkey Lurkey, Ducky Lucky, 

and Goosey Loosey. 
They ran to tell the king. 
They met Foxy Loxy. 
They ran into his den, 
And they did not come out again. 

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Three Billy Goats Gruff 



once great 

Once there were three billy goats. 
There was Little Billy Goat Gruff. 
There was Big Billy Goat Gruff. 
And there was 

Great Big Billy Goat Gruff. 



bridge hillside 

The goats' home was by a bridge. 
Over the bridge was a hillside. 
There was grass on the hillside. 
The billy goats wanted the grass. 
They wanted to eat it. 
They wanted to get fat. 

Little Billy Goat Gruff said, 
"I will go over the bridge." 

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troll under 

Great Big Billy Goat said, 
"A big troll is under the bridge. 
Trolls eat billy goats." 

Little Billy Goat Gruff said, 
"The troll will not eat me. 
Trolls do not eat little billy goats." 



went trips 

Little Billy Goat Gruff went 

on the bridge. 
The bridge said, "Trip-trip." 

The troll said, 
"Who trips over my bridge?" 

"Little Billy Goat Gruff trips 
over the bridge." 



"Why do you trip over my bridge?" 

"I want to eat the grass 
on the hillside/^ 

"You shall not trip over my bridge. 
I will eat you." 

"Do not eat me. 
Big Billy Goat Gruff will come. 
You can eat him." 

"Go on, then," said the troll. 

"Trip-trip, trip-trip, trip-trip." 
And little Billy Goat Gruff went 
to the hillside. 



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Big Billy Goat Gruff said, 
"The troll did not eat little Billy. 
I will go over the bridge." 



Big Billy Goat Gruff went 

on the bridge. 
"Trip-trip, trip-trip," said the bridge. 

The troll said, 
"Who trips over my bridge?" 



"Big Billy Goat GrufF trips 
over the bridge." 

"Why do you trip over my bridge?" 

"I want to eat the grass 
on the hillside." 



"You shall not eat the grass. 
I will eat you." 

"Do not eat me. 
Great Big Billy Goat Gruft is big, 
He will come over the bridge. 
You can eat him." 

"Go on, then," said the troll. 

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"Trip-trip, trip-trip, trip-trip." 
And Big Billy Goat Gruff went 
to the hillside. 

Great Big Billy Goat Gruff said, 
"I will go over the bridge. 
I can make the troll run." 



horns 

Great Big Billy Goat Gruff went 
on the bridge. 



The bridge said, 
"Trip-trip, trip-trip, trip-trip/' 

The troll said, 
"Who trips over my bridge?" 

"Great Big Billy Goat Gruff trips 
over the bridge." 

"Why do you trip over my bridge?" 

"I want to eat the grass 
on the hillside." 

"You shall not trip over my bridge. 
I will eat you." 

Great Big Billy Goat Gruff said, 

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"Come from under the bridge. 

I want to see you. 

I want you to see me. 

I want you to see my big horns.' 



The troll came from under the bridge. 
He saw Great Big Billy Goat Gruff. 
He saw his big horns. 



Great Big Billy Goat Gruff ran 
at the troll with his horns. 

The troll fell into the water. 

Then Great Big Billy Goat Gruff 
went to the hillside. 

The billy goats ate the grass. 

And they got fat. 



Ivittle Tuppens 



her them 

A hen went into the woods. 
A Uttle chicken went with her. 
The chicken was little Tuppens. 
Little Tuppens found some seeds. 
The old hen said, 

"Do not eat the big seeds." 
Little Tuppens wanted the big seeds. 
So he ate them. 



spring choking 

The hen saw little Tuppens choking. 
She ran to the spring. 
She said, 

"Please give me some water, 

Little Tuppens is choking." 
The spring said, 

"Get me a cup. 

Then I can give you some water." 



oak-tree shake 

The old hen ran to the oak-tree. 

She said, 
"Please give me a cup. 
I want to get some water, 
Little Tuppens is choking." 

The oak-tree said, 
"Shake me. 
Then I can give you a cup." 



shoes 
The old hen ran to the httle boy. 
She said, 

"Please shake the oak-tree. 

I want a cup. 

Then I can get some water, 

Little Tuppens is choking." 

The little boy said, 
"Get me some shoes. 
Then I can shake the oak-tree." 



shoemaker leather 

The old hen ran to the shoemaker. 
She said, 

"Please make some shoes. 

I want them for the little boy. 

Then he will shake the oak-tree, 

The oak-tree will give me a cup. 

The spring will give me some water. 

I want it for little Tuppens. 

He is choking." 



The shoemaker said, 
"Get me some leather. 
Then I can make some shoes.' 



The old hen ran to the cow. 
She said, 

"Please give me some leather. 

I want it for the shoemaker. 

Then he will make some shoes, 

The boy will shake the oak-tree. 



The oak-tree will give me a cup, 
The spring will give me some water. 
I want it for little Tuppens. 
He is choking." 

The cow said, 
"Get me some com. 
Then I can give you some leather." 



farmer plow 

The old hen ran to the farmer. 



She said, 
"Please give me some com. 
I want it for the cow. 

* The cow will give me some leather, 
The shoemaker will make some shoes. 
The boy will shake the oak-tree. 
The oak-tree will give me a cup, 
The spring will give me some water. 
I want it for little Tuppens. 
He is choking." 



The farmer said, 
"Get me a plow. 
Then I can give you some com." 



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blacksmith iron 

The old hen ran to the blacksmith. 

She said, 
"Please make me a plow. 
I want it for the farmer. 
Then he will give me some corn, 
The cow will give me some leather. 
The shoemaker will make some shoes, 
The boy will shake the oak-tree. 



The oak-tree will give me a cup, 
The spring will give me some water. 
I want it for little Tuppens. 
He is choking." 

The blacksmith said, 
"Get me some iron. 
Then I can make a plow." 



dwarfs 
The old hen ran to the dwarfs. 



She said, 
"Please give me some iron. 
I want it for the blacksmith. 
Then he will make a plow, 
The farmer will give me some com, 
The cow will give me some leather. 
The shoemaker will make some shoes, 
The boy will shake the oak-tree, 
The oak-tree will give me a cup. 

The spring will give me some water. 

I want it for little Tuppens. 



He is choking. 



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help ground 

The dwarfs wanted to help 

little Tuppens. 
They went into the ground. 
They got the red iron. 
They gave it to the hen. 
The hen gave it to the blacksmith. 
The blacksmith made a plow, 
The farmer gave some com, 

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The cow gave some leather, 
The shoemaker made some shoes. 
The boy shook the oak-tree. 
The oak-tree gave a cup, 
The spring gave some water. 
The hen gave the water 

to little Tuppens. 
Then little Tuppens ate little seeds. 




Little Spider's First Web 



spinning swing 

A big spider saw a little spider. 
The little spider was spinning a web. 
It was her first web. 

The big spider got on his web. 
And he began to swing. 




fly 



buzz 



A fly saw the big spider on his web. 

He said, 
"Why do you swing, big spider?" 



"I swing because little spider 
is spinning her first web, 

The fly said, 
"Then I will buzz. 
I will buzz and buzz." 



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hum 
A bee heard the fly buzz. 
She said, 
"Why do you buzz, httle fly?" 

"I buzz because little spider 
is spinning her first web." 

The bee said, 
"Then I will hum. 
I will hum and hum." 




cricket 



chirp 



A cricket heard the bee hum. 

He said, 
"Why do you hum, little bee?" 

"I hum because little spider 
is spinning her first web." 

The cricket said, 
"Then I will chirp. 
I will chirp and chirp." 



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ant 



An ant heard the cricket chirp. 

She said, 
"Why do you chirp, cricket?" 

"I chirp because little spider 
is spinning her first web." 

The ant said, 
"Then I will run to and fro. 
I will run and run." 



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butterfly 

A butterfly saw the ant run to and fro. 
She said, 
"Why do you run to and fro?" 

"I run because httle spider 
is spinning her first web." 

The butterfly said, 
"Then I will fly. 
I will fly and fly." 



bird sing 

A bird saw the butterfly. 

She said, 
"Why do you fly, butterfly?" 

"I fly because httle spider 
is spinning her first web." 

The bird said, 
"Then I will sing. 



I will sing and sing. 

I will make the children happy." 




The children heard the bird sing. 
They saw the butterfly fly. 
They saw the ant run to and fro. 
They heard the cricket chirp. 
They heard the bee hum. 

They heard the fly buzz. 

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They saw the big spider 
swing on his web. 

They saw the little spider 
spinning her first web. 

The children were happy. 



ALPHABET 
WORD LIST 
SUGGESTIONS 



ALPHABET 



A a N n 

B b 

C c P P 

D d Q q 

E e R r 

F f S s 

G g T t 

H h U u 

I i V 

J j W w 

K k X X 

LI Y y 

Mm Z z 



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WORD LIST 



This list includes all of the 208 words in the "Reading-Literature 
Primer," arranged by pages in the order of their appearance. 



1 


will 


6 

* 


is 


the 


plant 


thresh 


there 


little 




7 


old 


red 


4 

• 


grind 


woman 


hen 


pig 




he 


o 


not 


8 


man 


found 


I 

cat 


make 
bread 


had 


a 


1 




13 


seed 


dog 


9 


wanted 


it 


5 


eat 


so 


was 


cut 


you 


made 


wheat 


then 


shall 


14 


3 


and 


11 


ran 


said 


she 


gingerbread 


away 


who 


did 


boy- 


from 



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15 

met 
am 


won't 

28 

bite 


kill 

34 

rope 


woods 
grass 

41 


16 


home 


hang 


go 


can 


to-night 


36 


would 


run 


20 


rat 


my 


21 

fox 


stick 
beat 


gnaw 


cry 

42 


23 

but 

26 

an 


so 

fire 
bum 

31 


37 

me 

cheese 
got 
gave 


rabbit 

by 
why 

do 

because 


sixpence 
get 


water 
quench 


38 

began 


43 

after 


with 

27 


some 

32 


that 
night 


44 

squirrel 


came 


OX 


30 


cries 


to 


drink 


goat 


48 


stile 


33 


40 


bee 


over 


butcher 


into 


flew 



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40 

laughed 


good-day 
fast 


tail 
sky 


73 

Foxy Loxy 


50 




is 


75 


buzz 
sting 


57 

cock 


falling 

67 


den 
out 


thank 

51 


63 

brook 

• 


Henny Penny 
how 


again 

76 


pancake 


swim 


know 


three 


52 


64 


of 


Billy 


seven 


on 


68 


Gruff 


children 


snout 


Turkey TiUrkey 


78 


big 


ouf 


tell 


once 


we 


good 


King 


were 


want 


are 


they 


great 


heard 


ate 


told 


70 


rolled 


up 


60 


hillside 


53 


65 


Ducky Lucky 


fat 


stop 


chicken 


eyes 


bridge 


for 


66 


ears 


80 


54 


fell 


71 


troll 


saw 


his 


Goosey Loosey 


under 



117 



81 

went 
trip 

87 

see 
horns 



88 



at 



80 

Tuppens 

90 

her 
them 

01 

choking 

spring 

please 



give 
cup 

02 

oak-tree 
shake 

03 

shoes 

04 

shoemaker 

05 

leather 
cow 

06 

com 
farmer 

07 

plow 



08 



105 



blacksmith fly 



00 

iron 
dwarfs 

101 

help 
ground 

102 

shook 

103 

spider's 

first 

web 

104 

spinning 
swing 



106 

hum 

107 

cricket 

butterfly 

chirp 

108 

ant 
fro 

no 

bird 
sing 

111 

happy 



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SUGGESTIONS 



Briefly expressed, reading is getting thought from the printed 
page. Oral reading is the much more complex process of getting 
thought and expressing it to others. 

It is a part of the plan of this book that each story be told 
to the children with much fuller detail, as in the original, before 
beginning the study of it in the book. Children readily get the 
brief sentences as given here, and the word-getting follows. 

The recognition of words is necessary to getting the thought, 
but word-recognition or mere word-naming is not reading. Drill 
upon the words is essential in the early stage of learning to read, 
though this study of words should be made a separate -lesson, or at 
least kept distinct from the reading of the story. 

The drill in word-recognition may be conducted in different 
ways: 

1. The child may say the words aloud. 

2. Some other child may tell him the words. 

3. If necessary the teacher may tell him. 

4. The publishers provide large word cards to be held before 
the class, one at a time, for recognition ; or, a number of the 
cards may be placed in view from which the children 
pick out words as named by classmates or teacher; 
or two children may try to find the words first as the teacher 
names them. 

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5. The little word cards prepared for seat work may be used 
for sentence building, or for drill by having pupils put all 
the same words together. 

Both spelling and phonics are aids in learning words. A daily 
period of fifteen or twenty minutes should be allowed for each. 

After these word drills the child may read the thought orally. 
If he cannot read it another child may do so, or it may be necessary 
for the teacher to aid by questions, or even to read the sentence for 
the child. Never let the child drawl out the sentence. If he cannot 
read it freely he needs more word study, or more help in getting the 
thought. Whether the child has the thought may be tested by 
asking him to tell what he has read silently before attempting the 
oral reading. 



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