I have finally completed my set once again. *Happy Dance*
I have recently replaced this McGuffey Eclectic Spelling book.
I bought the complete set years ago, but against my better judgment, I lent out the spelling book to a friend, who then took off to Florida, never returning my book. I contacted her, and she said she sold it. Sooooo… lesson learned.
There is something extra special about classics. And these particular books will always be near and dear to my heart.
I’ve used them with all of my kids. Some enjoyed them more then the others. One daughter says that she liked them, but never understood why all the stories more often then not, ended tragically.
One story was about a little boy who saved a baby bird who fell out of a nest. He nursed baby bird back to health, only for the family cat to find the bird and devour him.
Another story was about a mother who kept telling her daughter not to walk on the thin ice which was on the back pond. The girl didn’t listen and drowned. She didn’t ‘almost drown’ she drowned! And the girls sister witnessed it.
Then there is the story of the family of beavers whose mother kept telling them to stay near her during hunting season. But one of the babies snuck out anyways, to play down by the rivers edge. The story ended with a gun shot to head of the little one.
These stories, while tragic, really stick with you!
I think they set the stage to handle life’s events, unlike today’s school books.
Anyways, here is my new addition. It does has some inside writings. But I think that that adds to its charm. 😉