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BOOK OF PLAYS

FOR LITTLE ACTORS

BY

EMMA L. JOHNSTON

PRINCIPAL OF THE BROOKLYN TRAINING SCHOOL

FOR TEACHERS, CITY OF NEW YORK

AND

MADALENE D. BARNUM

TEACHER OF ENGLISH IN THE BROOKLYN TRAINING

SCHOOL FOR TEACHERS

NEW YORK :- CINCINNATI •:• CHICAGO
AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY

Edet 1099.07

THE BEQUEST OF
EVERT JANSEN WENDELL

COPYRIGHT, 1907, BY
EMMA L. JOHNSTON AND MADALENE D. BARNUM.

BOOK OF PLAYS.

W. P. 6

PREFACE

THESE plays are intended to give little school children a great deal of pleasure as well as to train them in expressive oral reading and in intelligent silent reading. They have been read and acted with ease by many children in second-year classes who had had no special preparatory lessons on the words used in the plays.

The plays are to be read at sight and acted at the same time. In Part I there are no directions for actions, but every necessary action is suggested to the children by the words of the characters. In Part II the expressions in italics, which are directions to the actors, should be read silently by the children. It will be noticed that in Part II much acting is suggested in order that the children may get considerable practice in silent reading.

Most of the plots for the plays have been borrowed from nursery classics. It will be found that these rhymes and stories, though subjected to some fanciful interpretations, have been treated with all the consideration that a real classic should receive.

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