The Beacon First Reader

by James H. Fassett

Description:  The "Beacon First Reader" differs from other first readers in that all the material has been carefully arranged with reference to its phonetic difficulties. In selecting material the plan has been to present only stories that have stood the test of time, stories which the child delights to hear repeated again and again. Since our language is so richly endowed with these masterpieces, it seems absurd to give to children made-up stories which are in no sense comparable, as examples of literature, to the old folklore. The interest with which the child reads the classic tales he loves proves a most effective stimulus to his reading power. He does not need to be urged to master them, sentence by sentence, but seizes upon them with avidity. The power which this element of interest lends cannot be emphasized too strongly.

Additional information:

Ages:  5-7
Length:  154 pages
Format:  Paperback
Illustrations:  Color and Black & White
Year published:  2022
ISBN:  978-1-63334-174-6
Genres:  Literature, Readers

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Table of Contents


The Pancake
The Old Woman and Her Pig
The House that Jack Built
This Little Pig Went to Market
Chicken Licken
Old Mother Hubbard
Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse
Nursery Jingle
The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Little Red Hen
Little Pussy

The Goat Boy
Which Way Does the Wind Blow?
Little Half-Chick
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
The Gingerbread Boy

The Party
Silver Locks and the Three Bears
The Swing
Little Red Riding Hood
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Careful Hans
The Crab and the Fox
The Cow


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