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yet come under our observation, eminently calculated as it is from its arrangement to improve the youthful mind, as well as to impart pleasure to those of maturer years. Mr. Hughes is too well known in the paths of elegant and useful literature to require a lengthened notice of any work proceeding from his pen. The present publication we would strongly recommend.-Waterford Mail.
This book comprises a selection of poetical gems, the productions of the best English writers. The work is one which we highly commend, and we know no other better adapted for companionship in a rural ramble.Somerset County Gazette.
This is one of the most valuable educational books which has lately come under our notice. Its object is the cultivation of the imaginative as well as the intellectual powers, to nourish the memory, to encourage the imagination, and to discipline the judgment. With an amount of labour which is almost incredible, the Editor has here furnished, not only some hundreds of excellent poems, which are of themselves calculated to enliven the intellect, enhance the store of knowledge, and correct the taste, but has prefixed to each an appropriate prose piece which is further adapted to the bringing out a feeling of love and admiration for the beautiful, and has appended an etymological table of Greek, Latin, and Saxon roots.-North Wales Chronicle.
Of the contributors to Educational Literature. Mr Hughes may be deemed among the most careful and perfect. He does manage to write books which please the learner and delight those who have to superintend the work of Education. The book before us is a charming one-so small that it will not incommode the pocket, yet full of valuable selections.-The Welshman.
This is a very useful volume of select English poetry, with prose introductions, notes, and questions. Considerable taste has been displayed in the selection, which consists of almost all the best short poems in the language. As a whole, the work is worthy of the most extended patronage. Windsor Express.
The volume of Selections in Verse may be used with advantage. The pieces are extracted from our best poets, and each is introduced by a prose quotation, appropriately chosen from some standard writer. They will serve the double purpose of either being committed to memory, or used as reading lessons.-Edinburgh Advertiser.
The design of the elegantly got-up little volume now before us is to adapt the best specimens of the principal British poets to the instruction of youth, in the same way as the poetry of classic times has been made. There can be no doubt that great advantages might be attained by directing and purifying the taste of young persons in schools through a judicious intercourse with the works of the principal English and American poets, provided that they were not forced upon the mind, as under the old system Greek and Latin poetry has been, until the only result attained was the impression upon the scholar of a fixed and unalterable distaste for the glorious models of genius and style which had been made his task and his punishment while at school. The present volume contains from two to three hundred pieces of poetry, principally selected from the works of this and the past age, and each prefaced by an appropriate motto of argument taken from some prose author of eminence. On the whole the book is one of considerable value, and, from the excellence of the selections, will be found of much use not alone to the student but to readers of matured age and refined taste.-Cork Examiner.
Here is a great improvement on the English Reader, the Speaker, and other books of that class intended for the improvement of youth. There
are few persons who will deny that the imaginative, as well as the intellectual and imitative powers of the young, should be cultivated; and we believe that the former exercise the greatest influence in softening the temper, refining the manners, and enlarging the mind. For these purposes there is nothing more efficient than genuine poetry, by which youths are rendered familiar with high thoughts expressed in appropriate language. We therefore welcome Mr. Hughes's volume as an aid in the cultivation of the imaginative powers, as calculated to excite the social sympathies and a love for the beautiful in nature and art. In carrying out a comprehensive design, hehas produced a work far surpassing anything similar in character, and fully answering the purpose which he had in view.-Norfolk Chronicle. The plan of this work is a decided improvement on the old system of preparing selections of poetry for the use of schools. The selection has been made with great care and judgment, and not only to the teacher and the private student, but to parents and general readers, the volume will be found of vast service in the work of education and private improvement; "the best thoughts," as the preface says, "in the best language will be rendered familiar to them, and indelibly impressed on their memory; their sympathies will be called forth and properly directed, and their taste at once elevated and improved."-Liverpool Chronicle.
Mr. Hughes has selected a body of poetical pieces upon various subjects, and of various degrees of excellence, each of which he introduces with a prose piece, and appends questions on etymology, syntax, history, &c., which seems to us well fitted to test a boy's knowledge. The book is a very neat one, and independent of its educational purpose, presents a good collection of British and American poetry.-Cambridge Chronicle.
This is essentially an educational book, though it aims at a higher range of mental culture than the great majority of such works. Its title partly indicates its character, but the work itself must be carefully examined to understand the comprehensive range of knowledge and judicious discrimination required to adapt to each other so many selected pieces of poetry and prose as felicitously as these are done. Though designed for young people, the particular arrangement adopted will be appreciated by readers of more mature experience, and we need hardly add that the character and design of the work render it peculiarly fitted for family instruction. It is in short a pleasant and useful book.-Doncaster Chronicle.
Part I, price 1s., Small Octavo,
EXPLANATORY ARITHMETIC, INCLUDING NUMEROUS CAREFULLY CONSTRUCTED EXAMPLES, FOR THE USE OF ELEMENTARY AND OTHER SCHOOLS, AND PRIVATE PUPILS.
"The standard of educational works is now so high, and masterly handbooks have so completely extinguished schoolmasterly ones, that there is usually but one test which is necessary to apply to a book intended for the student deprived of oral teaching. Is it philosophical? Does the book do a teacher's work? Does it require anything of the student but what it has previously prepared him to accomplish? Does it take for granted that he is acquainted with the precise meaning of technicalities, or does it insist on his understanding the exact value of a term which he is to use in a new process? If it be proved that these questions are satisfactorily answered, it is gratifying to us to recommend the book. We have never found them more satisfactorily answered than upon examination of Mr. Hughes's little work." Morning Chronicle.
"A well-planned and digested elementary work on Arithmetic, calculated to convey to youthful minds a proper knowledge of the principles and practice of that science."-Morning Herald.
"Mr. Hughes has written a clever little book with more incentive to thought than most works of the kind, very clear, and in a convenient size. His Exercises' show much judgment."-Atlas.
"The author states, that the plan of the work was adopted from a persuasion that arithmetic, when taught by rules, fails to awaken and bring into play the reasoning powers of children.' He starts well with notation, and clears up the mystery of unit and cypher in a manner that will be welcome to children, and refreshing to most teachers. The book proceeds as promisingly as it opens, and conducts the pupil through Proportion. A second part is to follow, which we trust will be as creditable to the zeal and ingenuity of the writer as the part before us."-Educational Times.
"This useful and excellent little work supplies the clearest explanation of every step in arithmetic as the learner proceeds, together with well-arranged practical examples, framed upon the usual occurrences of life, of the workings of the general rules."- Morning Post.
"There is nothing more difficult than to explain arithmetic by words. Even when the rule is learned, and young persons can cipher well, it rarely happens that they know the reasons why the process produces the result. These Mr. Hughes has endeavoured to teach, and more successfully than any former attempt we have ever seen. He further improves upon the old methods of teaching, by giving practical examples, and such as are likely to occur in life, and thus to make the sums interesting in themselves. We have been very much pleased with this new school-book."— Critic.
"There are two good features in this little book: the sums set are on questions with which children are familiar, and the principles of the different formulæ are explained in the simplest way, Mr. Hughes professes to discard
rules and so he does literally, but the pupil teaches himself the spirit of the rule."-Spectator.
"Mr. Hughes tells us, that his intention in composing this treatise, is to furnish children with elements of arithmetic; the questions being framed upon 'the ordinary wants and requirements of daily life,' as better calculated to exercise the ingenuity and intelligence of children, than calculations based solely upon mercantile transactions.' The idea is a good one. Clearness and simplicity in exemplification, are of signal importance where very young people are in question; and the examples here given are as simple as could be wished. Mr. Hughes also intermingles examples deduced from dealings that may take place in the general course of trade. There is a juste milieu in this matter of adapting books of instruction for the young, and we are glad that Mr. Hughes does not lose sight of it."-Weekly Chronicle.
"The book on Arithmetic is constructed on a simple method, suited for beginners, and is manifestly the production of one who appreciates the difficulties which the youthful mind experiences at the outset of the study, and is anxious as far as possible to diminish them. His plan is to teach by examples, without, in the first instance, laying down abstract rules. rationale of each process is explained in a simple manner, and the examples are not only well contrived for illustration, but for awakening and interesting the mind. They relate to familiar subjects, many of them are ingenious and striking. We have not often met with such a sensible school-book."— The Scottish Guardian.
"The Explanatory Arithmetic,' besides exhibiting the methods employed in conveying to young persons a knowledge of the first principles of arithmetic, contains numerous carefully constructed examples for the use of elementary and other schools."-Bristol Mirror.
"Mr. Hughes, the able teacher, of Greenwich Hospital, gives us a Manual of Explanatory Arithmetic, which is as simple and clear as elementary instruction could desire."-Literary Gazette.
"An elaborate help for elementary instruction in arithmetic."—John Bull. "This is indeed Arithmetic made easy.' The explanations are clear and simple; the examples copious, well arranged, and framed upon objects and occurrences in which children are likely to feel an interest."-Eastern Counties Herald.
Price 1s. 6d.
Being a Companion to the "Explanatory Arithmetic."-Designed for the Use of Teachers. Small Octavo.
London: Printed by WILLIAM CLOWES and SONS, Stamford Street.