Excerpt from Overhead: Or What Harry and Nelly Discovered in the Heavens
Next to the teacher, comes the book: and there is a good field for the writers who, having the genius for pleasing the severe critics which a tenth of a century can produce, shall exert their genius in presenting, in entertaining ways, the truths of Natural Science so far as they relate to things of every - day life. The present little book is an example in point. To be sure, I think the writers have rather stolen a march on the little folks in covering up a primer of astronomy under the guise of a story, but the deception is of the same nature as we use in the Kinder garten. We appeal to the boy's interest in what he sees about him, and while he thinks he has only pleasure of the lighter sort in the story or the game, we know that some new truth is being added to his mind, some new muscle is being called into play, he is taking another step in the analysis of cause and effect, he is steadily learning to think.
It need hardly be said that this little book is not meant for a text-book even in the most modest of the Institutes for which some sections of our country are so justly - we'll say - noto rions. It belongs in the nursery intermediate between Cinder ella and Robinson Crusoe, and perhaps somewhat displacing Sanford and Merton and dear old Mr. Barlow, though the two former must have grey beards by this time, and doubtless Mr.
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