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Regents' Questions and Answers in Biology, by the Regents of the State of
New York. Pages 111. 13 x17 cm. Paper. 1921. Regents Pub
lishing Co., 32 Union Square, N. Y. C. This book is a compilation of the regents' questions given to the academies and high schools of the State of New York for several years back. It is up-to-date in every particular. Each question is followed by the answer, the answers being brief and clearly stated. Where necessary, drawings accompany the questions. The questions are classified into groups and each group follows the natural development of the subject. The questions can be used for review and drill work as well as on final examinations. All biology teachers should possess themselves of a copy.
C. H. S. Wisconsin Reading Circle Annual. 67 pages. 15 x 23 cm. Paper.
1921. State Reading Circle Board, Madison, Wis. This is a splendid little book gotten out for the purpose of guiding boys and girls, as well as older folk, into the habit of reading good books. The pamphlet will "foster patriotism by promoting good reading." Teachers can make splendid use of the book. It really is a hand book in their possession for promoting good reading. The book contains lists of good books together with the address of the publishers. It contains the names of many good books together with the groups of people who should become familiar with them. All English teachers who have to deal with good reading should possess themselves of a copy.
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Mechanical Drawing, First Year, by Ermeling, Fisher and Greene. Price,
$.45. The Bruce Publishing Co., Milwaukee. This book, by three of Chicago's better known drawing teachers, is a clear exposition of the subheads usually presented in the first year, that on isometric projection being especially good. This book is rich in material, thus allowing great latitude in choice of problems. R. W. W. University of Illinois Bulletin, Report of the High School Visitor, by H. A.
Hollister, University of Illinois. Pages 68; 15 X23cm. Paper.
1921. University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Ill. This splendid report is gotten out by The High School Visitor and contains much valuable information. It discusses the financial side of the teaching profession very completely. Fine table of statistics being given from which valuable information can be secured. Much space is given to considering the ratio of boys to the total number of pupils enrolled in the high schools of Illinois. Complete statistics with reference to the accredited schools for the university of Illinois are given. A list of the accredited schools is also given. It is a book that should be in the hands of every high school teacher.
C. H: S. General Science, A Book of Projects by Edgar A. Bedford, Dewitt Clinton
High School, N. Y. C. Pages XXIII +387 +11. 1372X19 cm.
Cloth. 1921. Allyn & Bacon, Chicago. This is one of the best books of the kind which has come to the attention of the writer. No particular part of the sciences is treated more than the others. In fact, there is a fair division of the discussion among the various sciences treated. There has been an attempt made to cultivate a spirit of inquiry and open-mindedness. Also, to put the pupils in possession of certain fundamental truths which give an explanation of everyday life and to help the pupils learn a few of the forces and their effects which surround them. The projects have been selected largely
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from everyday phenomena. The illustrations have been selected with reference not only to their familiarity to the pupils but also for their value in bringing home many of the facts of nature. It is profusely illustrated with drawings in half-tones, of which there are 296, and which have been especially selected for this work. The projects begin with bold face type. It is splendidly written, the diction is fine, and put up in a way that the young pupil will understand. The type is printed in ten point type on splendid paper. It is a text which should be in the hands of every general science teacher.
C. H. S. Geography of Illinois, by D. C. Ridgley, Illinois State Normal University.
385 pages. 22 chapters and many illustrations. University of Chicago Press. 1921. $2.65. Ridgley's Geography of Illinois will serve as a model for the development of similar studies in other states. In the modern text for elementary geography, the "state supplement" has reverted to the style of the gazeteer. The pupil finishes the elementary school too frequently, in ignorance of the simple facts of his own state and community. This text interests the citizen, stimulates the teacher and pupils. It is an authoritative geographical study of Illinois in compact and convenient form.
The geographical features, natural resources, and climate are clearly set forth. The response of people to these geographical influences are illustrated by the development of the different occupations.
The chapter upon weather and climate of Illinois, presents the climatic problems in clear statements, excellent pictures and graphs. This chapter is followed by one upon native vegetation which arouses the interest of those living in the Middle West.
The chapters on the natives and the coming of the white man unfold the familiar stages of conquest, hunter, pioneer, and permanent settlement. The rapidity of settlement is remarkable and the geographic influences which controlled the migration are clearly set forth.
The growth of transportation is presented in chapter four. The part of transportation in the development of a great state suggests a basis for civic lessons in good roads and available markets. As the land (transportation) occupation in Illinois has passed rapidly through different stages, so transportation of all kinds has undergone remarkable changes.
It has three hundred illustrations of maps, charts, graphs in black and white. Many of the important maps are splendidly colored to emphasize important details.
The excellence of this text will invite its wide use among teachers and pupils of geography. It should be followed by similar texts for other states.
W. M. G. Source Book for Economic Geography of North America, by C. C. Colby, University of Chicago. 8 vo.
14 chapters. University of Chicago Press. 1921. $4.15, postpaid. This volume contains abundant material for the Economic Geography of North America. The abstracts have been selected by an expert and organized on regional basis. Some of the selections which are given place in this volume are geographical classics and this text makes them easily available. Each broad region is introduced by a description of its geographical features, after which follows the agricultural, forestry, mining, and manufacturing industries. The compilation shows excellent judgment in selection of material and organization. The text is a necessary handbook for teachers of regional and commercial geography.
W. M. G.
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