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RELATING TO

FOWLE'S SHORT AND EASY LATIN BOOK.

There is something quite bold in Mr. Fowle's extreme simplicity, but his boldness opens a very ready way to the knowledge to which our small boys must attain either by a rough road or a smooth.'

GUARDIAN. Mr. Fowle's work, short and easy as its title indicates, does not like too many easy Latin books, shirk rather than explain the real difficulties of the Latin tongue.'

NATIONAL SCHOOLMASTER. • It shows knowledge of the difficulties met with by beginners in Latin, and a shrewd knowledge of boys.

The exercises are simply and skilfully graduated, and the intelligent use of this book will, we feel sure, lead to a thorough acquaintance with the elements of Latin.'

EDUCATIONAL REPORTER. • A sensibly conceived book, with a sensible preface.

The Author evidently knows what young boys' difficulties are, and how they should get over them.

The daily task is here presented. in the easiest way, and one thing is learned at a time.”

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• Mr. Fowle is an earnest teacher, and as he has forsaken a beaten track he should be followed, so that if he discovers a better road he may be imitated.'

SCHOLASTIC REGISTER.

• We have examined these books in a somewhat sceptical spirit, fancying that amid the shoals of books of a similar character issuing daily from the press, there could be no possible ground for granting them even a conditional welcome, but Mr. Fowle has converted our scepticism into something like a well assured and hopeful faith. The first of the two contains a very concise grammar, chiefly valuable for what it does not contain, and at the same time ingeniously putting the information it does contain in the form most adapted for comprehension and retention by the youthful pupil; and this grammar is followed up by some very easy exercises admirably adapted to the slow and painful steps which can be taken by the child. The book reveals on every page the experience of one who has not only worked with children, but FELT FOR THEM.'

SCHOOLMASTER, Jan. 18, 1873.

· Evidently the work of a practical educator, who has been long familiar with the chief difficulties felt by boys in attaining to a competent knowledge of Latin grammar. This acquaintance with the practical difficulties of the work has been in these pages turned to excellent account.

Amongst Mr. Fowle's

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admirable suggestions and improvements, we may, &c. &c.

SCHOOL BOARD CHRONICLE.

A Schoolmaster of a whole life's experience, writes :

I have looked it through and like it much-better than Henry's or Dr. Smith's.'

I like it extremely, and so does our Tutor......I shall certainly introduce it into the School next term.'

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• I have looked it through very carefully, and I think it admirable...... At one part of my life I had the training of little boys for the Public Schools, and I would have given anything to have had such a help as

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your Book.'

A Master at a Public School says: 'I am very much pleased with the neatness of the little book and the beautiful symmetry of its arrangements. You have succeeded admirably in "attracting the mind through the eye.”'

The opinion has also been formed by one most competent to judge :'I am much pleased with this little book. It would be impossible, I think, to present the subject in a simpler form, or with greater clearness; and I have no doubt it will be found very useful to teachers, and will be welcomed by them. I have no hesitation in recommending it strongly.'

• Mr. Fowle's is one of the easiest exercise books we have ever seen. Everything is arranged in the way most likely to be readily learned by a very young boy. The table of the verbs ought, as the Author says, to enable any fairly intelligent boy to learn all four conjugations in four lessons of half an hour each. The exercises are excellent; and the book is evidently written by one who knows exactly what is wanted by a beginner in Latin.'

EDUCATIONAL TIMES.

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RELATING TO

FOWLE'S FIRST EASY LATIN READING-BOOK.

• It is impossible to speak in terms of too high satisfaction of Mr. Edmund Fowle's First Easy Latin Reading-Book. The type is good ...... The notes are original, and calculated to be real helps, not to idle, but to intelligent pupils. The vocabularies are well arranged.'

JOHN BULL. • The Rev. EDMUND Fowle, in his First Easy Latin Reading-Book, has undoubtedly succeeded in simplifying labour both for student and teacher, and we unhesitatingly give the Author great credit for his originality and for the pluck he has exhibited in propounding a novel system of classical instruction.'

SCHOLASTIC REGISTER. • The plan of the book is evidently a very good one, and it appears to be very well carried out. One thing is certain, that whatever a pupil learns with this book as his guide, he must learn it intelligently, and not merely by rote. It will be the Latin language that he learns, and not merely the hap-hazard translation of a few soon-forgotten sentences.'

LITERARY CHURCHMAN, A worthy sequel to the Author's original and useful “Short and Easy Latin Book,”'

GUARDIAN. • A favourable specimen of its class, giving aid to the learner only when absolutely required, and withholding it when it would merely encourage idleness. His method is original, but it has stood the test of his own wide experience, and is available equally for the schoolroom and for private tuition.'

LANCET. * There is no book, as a First Latin Reading-Book, with which we are acquainted so suitable to place in a boy's hands, or one which we would more heartily welcome, than Mr. Fowle's volume now before us.

The plan of the work is at once admirable and unique, and evidently based upon what would be the plan pursued by any good teacher of Latin...... We congratulate the Author on the production of a book which must prove very serviceable as well as interesting, and it deserves, as it is sure to have, a large issue.'

YORKSHIRE Post. Among those who have lately published excellent working methods for elementary teaching, one of the highest places ought to be reserved for Mr. Fowle. His little book is one of the most striking instances we could find of a thoughtful adult mind making the way easy for the young learner. It is always dangerous to assert an absolute superlative; but it seems to us that this little Latin Reading-Book for beginners is one of the best that has ever come into our hands. Mr. Fowle sympathetically avails himself of every possible assistance—from variety of

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arrangement, from repetition without monotony, from notes, and last, but certainly not least of all, from excellent, clear, and well-considered printing. The young learner gets every tair help; but the killing kindness which suffocates the mental powers by simply " telling” is not to be found in the book. On the whole, if a boy cannot learn Latin by the aid of this book, it is probably useless for him to attempt to learn at all.'

QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, January 1873. Exactly what its name indicates. It has been most carefully prepared, and must be of great use as a step to higher knowledge.'

SCOTSMAN. * Answers to its title, and appears to be a very useful volume.'

EXAMINER. • We do not see how the compiler could have smoothed the path of the student or school-boy in a more effective way than in the present bookThe type in which the Latin is printed is very clear and distincti'

NATIONAL SCHOOLMASTER. • In this attractive little volume Mr. Fowle has succeeded in producing a Latin Reading-Book which, constructed on a plan that is at once new and original, is the best that we remember to have ever seen.

....Following the texts of each lesson is an analysis, showing at a glance the principal and subordinate sentences of which it is composed.

..This done, the meaning of the whole-however complex or compound its constituent sentences will be-will be so obvious that even the dullest boy will be unable to miss it. To this analysis succeed a few capital explanations, verbal, syntactical, &c. which an intelligent boy will appreciate, but which the idlest cannot abuse. Altogether we fancy this is just the book teachers and pupils have long been wishing to meet with, and we confidently predict for it a hearty welcome from both.'

LEEDS MERCURY. We have already favourably reviewed “ A Short and Easy Latin Book” by this Author. We can also cordially recommend this sup, plementary effort. The preface is sensible. The bold, clear type in which the Latin lessons are printed is most pleasing to the eyo, and will prove of advantage to learners. The notes are easy of access and sensibly written...... We predict for these books a large sale.'

EDUCATIONAL REPORTER. * I have been engaged in teaching for more than twenty years, and have never seen any books better adapted for teaching Latin to little boys.

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very much. It is a worthy successor to your“Short and Easy Latin Book," and does not omit anything which can facilitate the progress of the young student.'

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