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Starting the Children Right Along the Path of Reading
*? T More Books in the Home Is the Object Aimed At in the Book Week for Children SANTA CLAUS comes twice ? year for children whose families are interested In Children's Book Week. And to-morrow the big weak begin?. If pareflte feel the arge to enter into the spirit of getting good books for their children they certainly will hive no complaint to make against the pub? lisher? thie season. A few years ago the accusation might have been made that good reading for children was hard to get in the books being published, that the eld stories were all that there was to turn to. Whether this was true or sot, it eannot be said of this season. Both quality and quantity are great in the offerings this fall in children's books. And just what is Children's Book Week ? What the Week Is "A joint, annual effort to encourage the love of books among children and the discussion of children's reading in commun! ties." The attention which is being given to children these days, as to their educa? tion, their health and their recreation, is extended to their reading. Child wel? fare inclndes "more books in the home," especially more books for children. To parents who throw up their hands over the proposition of finding out what their children want in reading matter, of selecting the right diet for them in books, The Publishers' Wcekiy suggests that librarians, booksellers and teachers are near at hand for consultation. New shops and departments, exclu? sively given over to the handling of chil? dren's books, have been springing up on every hand. These are especially at? tractive, and the goods they handle would be sufficient to make them so if no effort were made beyond stacking these out for buyers to see. Grown-ups will find new editions of the books they read when they were children, in more gor? geous bindings and with better illustra? tions. They will also find that there is better variety in new books than there was when they were little*. For Very Little Folks ~ rpO BEGIN with the books of the sea? son which we have received, those for the very little people are the first to consider. These are not so great in number, but those there are offer de? lightful material for reading aloud at bedtime and other times. A now fictional friend may be intro? duced to children in The Story of Doctor Doolittle, by Hugh Lofting, Frederick A. Stokes, publishers. The kind, inconsistent doctor is an ac? quaintance almost any child will ap ' predate. He may not reach the proportions of Alice or of some of the fairy tale people, or even of Peter Rabbit, but he is an entertaining in? dividual to know, and his adventures remind one of the yarns children some? times make up themselves. He over? comes difficulties in much the same i nonchalant way a child story-teller ? slides over discrepancies and sur? mounts impossible situations. The animals which are his friends | ?nd pet? play ? large part In helping ! him out, and the doctor really doesn't ! have to worry a great deal when he j has his sagacious parrot, his sensible ; donkey ?nd his clever monkey to dc- ? pend apon in emergencies. Mr. Lofting knows how to writ? for j children. He sees his story with their , eyes and just tells it to them in their ; own language, never in any way in raiting them by talking down to them. If he has to use a word which may ' bo new to some of his audience he ex plains it without spoiling the narrative, i and goes on. More of Old Granny Fox ANOTHER ve?ame of the Green, Meadow Series by Thornton W. ; Burgess really needs no comment. The announcement that Little, Brown &. Co. have published the fourth book iu the series, and it is about Old Granny Fox, is enough. The other j characters known to readers and hear? ers of the Bedtime Stories, and eape- j eially Reddy Fox, play some part in j the stories. What would Granny Fox j be unless she were trying to catch | somebody? A Brownie Robinson Crusoe, by Char? lotte B. Herr (Dodd, Mead and Com? pany), is modeled upon the plan cf | the real Robinson Crusoe story, but I *lie hero is a Brownie who will appeal I to little people. His adventures com? bine some of the knowledge children I have of the life about them with the ? imaginative life they all live more or | less in the world of make-believe. | Stories for Good Children, by Lora B. Peck (Little, Brown & Co.), is a j selection of tales from many lands. ? Hindoo, Irish, Chinese, Japanese and ! j Indian stories are represented. They j ?re short and simply told. Peggy's I Giant, by M. D. Hillyard (A C. ! Black, Ltd., London, and Macmil- , I Ian, New York), is one of the best j stories for little people who like ' ! to have persons read to them that we have ever come across. Like ' Tea Toys and a Tale, sent to us earlier in the season by the same publishers, this story hits just the right atmos? phere and tells just the details chil? dren like to have told. We do not ? assert that these stories are classics ?mong children's books. But we do know that little people like them par? ticularly, and that they make decided? ly wholesome and pleasant reading. Not the least of the book Peggy's j Giant are the illustrations, which are "by Peggy." They are different in 1 subject matter, of course, but they re? mind one of the illustrations in Kip i ling's Just So Stories. i The Land of the Great Out-of-Doors, by Robert Livingston (Houghton Mif flin), contains much description of the life a little brother and sister spent in the country. It has a little too much philosophizing and not enough action to be as popular with children as might be. However, the good times in the book are almost enough to carry Choosing Books for the Child The Yearning for a Story May Be Put to Good or Evil Use By Thornton W. Burgess Author of The Bedtime Story Books, Mother West Wind Series, The Bur? gees Bird Boole for Children, etc THE world's greatest asset is in its children. This none will deny. As they are taught to think, so will the desti riea of nations be shaped. To this end is the purpose of all edu? cation. But all too 'often there is otter failure on the part of the guardians of the child to realize that education is not confined to the schools; that it begins long before the thresh? old of the schoolroom is crossed foi the first time and is continuous from the moment the mind receives its first impressions. It is in the home that education be? gins. It is in the home that the grow? ing mind receives its deepest and mot lasting impressions. And it is in th< home that destiny is shaped for goo< or ill. The potter at his wheel has li his absolute control the future of th? lump of clay. Not all the art of th< decorator can make of the potter* handiwork a thing of beauty be it mis shapen, nor, though he strive, can h make it lesa than a work of art so b the potter has molded trae to th l.nes of beauty. Plastic as Potter's ?Clay The mind of the child is as plasti as the potter's clay. The impression cf youth will be retained to the en< And most invariably the earliest in* pressions are through the medium c stories, first through the spoken wor and then through those read from th printed page. * And this is because in the heart c every child is a never satisfied yearr ing for a story. It is simply an ir born craving for mental developmen . stimulated by the imagination, whic it its birthright and the key to tli mind. Recognizing this fundament) fact, it at once becomes apparent ho vital it is that stories for children t wisely and carefully selected. The in press of error Is taken as readily as U impress of truth, and frequently, b< cause It stimulates the imagination l a greater degree, it is ipore lasting. The all too common ?carelessness i regard to the character and quality < the books children aro allowed i read is, I believe, largely due to fai ero to anderstand rightly and appr ?data at its trae valae the importan? of imagination as an active fores, poi siblp th? most ?aotiva f?rea? la ?ha mat ? 'tal development of the young. The fer? tile soil of the garden Is as receptive to the weed seed as to that of the choicest flower. In like manner, the child mind -receives error a? readily as troth. Plain Facts Don't Stick The story is the natural medium for conveying information, because it gains at the outset two fundamental things? attention and interest. To try to cram a child's mind with dry facts is as useless as for a farmer to sow his wheat on unbroken ground. They will remain In the memory hardly long enough to be forgotten. But present those facts in such form as to arouse ' interest, and at once the imagination is stimulated to seize and feed upor them, and they become as difficult tc i em ove from the memory as befor< they were difficult to implant therein Surround a child with good booki and you surround him with friends companions, guides. You create abou I him an atmosphere for good which wil endure throughout life. Give him book; of doubtful or, at best, negative char aeter, and you create an atmosphere a harmful as the other is good. A good mother is careful to the las degree of the kind and quality of th food she provides for the growing chile Alas, that all too often she gives n thought to the kind and quality of th food provided for the growing mini incapable of choosing for itself an with an insatiable appetite! Mesa Better Citizens More good books in the homes c America to-day will mean better cit ?sens to-morrow. Never has there bee a time when there were ao many goc books as in the present days. Nev< have the allied arts of the writer ar the illustrator been so beautifully pr sented. Also, never has there been time when there were so many bool of little or no worth. And the pity ? it is that these are often as attract!' in appearance as the books of re worth, and sometimes more so. An attractive title and good illu tratiens are no surety of a good boc If you select books for the youi guided solely by these, you are gai tling with the welfare of your ch: dren. Know the contents of every bo? that goes into their hands. If >? haven't the time to read tho boo yourself, consult your librarian. A good book is mental food. A bad book is mental poison. 'A negative book, neither good n bad, is a montai narcotic. the story over, and the illustrations by Maurice Day are especially taking. Pretentious Books A MONG the more pretentious vol- j urnes for the child's library are two i published by Duffield & Co. A Child's j Book of Modern .Stories has been com? piled by Ada M. Skinner and Eleanor M. Skinner. It contains pictures by j Jessie Wilcox Smith, which alone would make it worthy a place on the child's j bookshelf. Stories by Louisa A. Al-j cott, Alfbie Farwell Brown, Juliana Ho-1 ratio Ewing, Mary Stewart and other ! well known story-tallers are included j in the collection. Just as grown-ups j have their Best Short Stories for! Buch and such a year, this collection may represent to children some of the j best stories told for them in modern s times. The other attractive volume from '* Duffield is Stories, by Juliana Horatio Ewing, with pictures by Edna Cookc. Jackanapes?yes, the very same Jacka? napes which many of us ha?! in a slim volume on our own shelf when we were little?leads the list. "Mary's Mead- j ow," "A Very Ill-Tempered Family" j and "Lob Lie-by-the-Fire" and others are in the collection. .They are longer than children's stories ordinarily run Pictures To Be Colored ] A GROUP of play hooks which will j ???*? be enjoyed by children who like to dabble in color is Black's Painting Books (Macmillan). There is some reading mailer in explanation of the pictures to be colored. The colors are suggested and the owner of the book may become the decorative artist for his own library. The little books have an educational as well as recreational value. The subjects of the books are | Visual Botttny, Stories from British | History, Scenes from Many Lands, I Bible Stories from the New Testament, Scenes from Land and Pea, and Nursery i Rhymes. The last has words and music for little song3. Another play book is Folk Storyl Plays for Children, by Margaret Lynch Conger, James A. McCann Company, publishers. This containa little dramas which children may act out themselves It explains the properties needed and much of the business for the amateur actors. The lines ave such as children might make up themselves except that once in a while they are really just too silly. One fears \)\i<t the actors might have attacks of giggles. Pic? tures in the book suggest wn s in which the scenery might be painted on large sheets of wrapping paper. Poetry end Jingles A LL little people like jingles. Some of them may not care for poetry, but all of them Hko jinglos, and it Is well to let all of them have access to some poetry and dovelop a taste for it if they will. It strengthens imagina- : tioi? and cultivates a love for beautiful expression and beautiful things. The place Eugene Field and James Whit comb Riley filled in the lives of some of us should make p?renla realize the value of good poetry for their chil? dren. Besides, school children like to learn a few good poems, and it adds to the inspiration to ho able to find them themselves instead of having to depend on teacher for all of them. A number of volumes of children's poetry have born put out this fall. The Christmas Child, by Nora Archi? bald Smith (Houghton Miffiin'i, con? tains some catchy little Christmas poems and some very much better poems for children at just any time in the year. The Mogfoots, by Marvin M. Taylor, contains rhymes for small? er people. These attempt and fall short of good nursery jingles. Little drawings by Marjorie Very accompany each rhyme. The Four Seas Company are the publishers. Fn Words and Pictures A CUNNING little book for children -*-?- is Amerliar-Anne and the Creen Umbrella (George W. Jacobs & Co.). It is "told in words by Constance He ward and told in pictures by Susan Beatrice Pearse." The pictures are even more important than the reading matter. The story could be made up from the pictures. One of the favor? ite practices of little people who can? not read is the reconstruction of stories that are read to them from the pictures in the book. Ever since Alice went to Wonderland writers for children have imitated some of the devices with which Lewis Car? roll was so successful in interesting young readers. Peggy in Toyland, by Archibald Marshall (Dodd, Mead & Co.) proclaims Mr. Dodgson's influence in bpots through the story as well as in the tille. Peggy is a little girl who i? very fond of dolls. Some of the part? about dolls and little ciris with their dolls are distinctly original. She will be liked especially by children wh? play alone with their toys. Many Fairy Books T^AIRY books have been numerous this fall. The old ones have been reprinted in beautiful editions. Fairy tales by authors known for other than children's writings have been brought out, and some of these editions hav*(: been mentioned in The Tribune earlier in the season. Among the most at? tractive books are The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, and Princes^ Pirlipa* tino, by Alexandre Dumas, bith pub? lished by Brentano, and Grimm's Fain, Tales, published by Scribners. The Children of Odin, by Padraic Colum published by Macmilian, is another ol the best of those collections of folk? lore. It tells the Norse legend lr simple style, and Is a clear arranco -__-. ?I merit of these intricate stories. The illustrations by Willy Pogany are in I color, and they, too, catch the spirit of the Icgend3. The famous collection of fairy tales by Edouard Laboulaye, folk talcs of Bohemia, Spain, Italy, Brittany, Fin? land and Russia, is published in good si vie by Harpers. The introduction by Kate Douglas Wiggin to Laboulaye's Fairy Book gives an interesting touch to the edition: "There was once a green book, deli ciourdy thick, with gilt-edged pages and the name of the author ;n gold script on the front cover. "Like an antique posy ring, it was a 'box of jewels, shop of rarities; it was a veritable Pandora's box, and if you laid warm childish hands upon it and held it pressed close to your ear you could hear, as Fandora did, soft rus? tlings, murmuring?, flutterings and whisperings from the fairy folk within. For this was a fairy book?Edouard Laboulaye's Tales, and its heroes and heroines became first the daily com? panions and then the lifetime posses? sion of the two little girls to whom it ^belonged." "The daily companions, and then the lifetime possessions" are what fairj stories contribute to all children whe have access to thc-m. The Laboulay? stories were translated by Mary L Booth and the Harper volume is illus? trated by Edward G. McCandlish. i Other good fairy books received an The Green Forest Fairy Book, b? Loretta Ellen Brady (Little, Brown ?S Co.), Tales of Wonder and Magic, bj Katharine Pyle (Little, Brown ?fe Co.) The Magic Whistle, by E. Gordoi Browne (Dodd, Mead &. Co.), and the latest Oz book, Glinda of Oz, by L Frank Baum (Reilly & Lee, publishers) Beautiful Gift Books HPHE new type of animal stories whic are being written for children, wit a certain attempt at quaint personifica tion of the people of forest and meadow had it"i inspiration either consciously o unconsciously in Uncle Remus, by Jo? Chandler Harris, These stories ' c Bre'r Rabbit and Bre'r Fox told to th Iittlo boy by the old colored man hav been published in a splendid gift editio by Appletons. The original illustration by A. B. Frost and E. W. Kemble a< company the stories. The introductio to the book was written by Thonu Nelson Page, and he expressed the fee lng which many of us have about tl place Joel Chandler Harris fills in t> world of chi'dren's stories: "The creator of the most delightf world that American childhood hi known, and of the charming populatic that inhabit it to the great pleasure ar edification of those grown-up people wl know the language. . . . "In the South in that time there we: few children's books. Books wero mai - ly for grown folks and entirely for white folks. In the main, intellectual and imaginative food was handed down and given out orally and by word of mouth as was done in the Ancient Days." Another luxurious reprint received last week is Robinson Crusoe, by Dan? iel Defoe (Cosmopolitan Book Com? pany). The book is handsomely bound in blue and has color illustrations throughout by N. C, Wyeth. It will make a splendid gift for boys or for girls, and Robinson Crusoe is another of those fictional characters without whom children's educations are some? what lacking. A de luxe edition of Old French Fairy Tales, by Comtesse de Segur (The Penn Publishing Company), is almost as much an art book as a book of children's stories. The color illus? trations by Virginia Frances Sterrett are exceptional in their delicate tint? ing and their graceful, imaginative line. It contains five series of short tales about certain central characters, Blon? dine, Good Little Henry, Princess Ro? sette, the Little Gray Mouse and Our son. They are beautifuMy simple ir conception and style. The Courtship of Miles Standish Longfellow's poem, with an introduc tion by Ernest W. Longfellow and pic tures by N. C. Wyeth, with a tercen tennial dedication, is published b: Houghton Miftlin; A Nursery Story o the Bible, by Louise M. Pleasanton with colored and black and white il lustrations by Florence Choate an? Elizabeth Curtis, published by Fred crick A. Stokes Company, and A Boo. of Boyhoods, by Eugene M. Fryer (E P. Dutton & Co.). Any of these woul make a gift book in which childre would delight. Heroes and Heroines A TREASURY OF HEROES AN ** HEROINES, by Clayton Edward Frederick A, Stokes, publisher, coi tains biography of the great figures < history whose lives offer interestir contributions to children's education A few famous fictional heroes an heroines are also included in the co lection. The illustrations are by Flo ence Choate and Elizabeth Curtis. Other books with an educational pu pose combined with that of entertai: ment are The Boys' Life of Lafa ette, by Helen Nicolav (Harper Bros.); Boy Heroes in Fiction, by In .McFee (Crowell) ; Girl Heroines Fiction, by Inez McFee (Crowell), ai Boys' Book of Sea Fights, by Chcls Curtis Fraser (Crowell). For the Outdoor Boy QUARTERBACK BATES, by Ral; Henry Barbour (Dodd, Mead Co.), is the story of a seventeen-yea old high school boy who has made reputation as a footb?? player on t school team. Like most boys who p something a little out of the ordina "Reading Maketh the Full Man 9 y .on nennmsion ?>/ \j andren's ?ook Vreeic Ucmim^ttee This Season's Offerings for the Little Folks Include Many New Books and Old Favorites over in a .small town school, he has been ! made so much of that when he. enters ; Prep school he finds it difficult to empty I his mind of the'eonceit stored in it. His ; one ambition in athletics is to make the 1 Parkinson football team, and a' 91 i many trials he is successful. Leslie W. Quirk's bock. The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High (Little, Brown ! & Co.), is the third volume of the Black Eagle Patrol series. It is the story of ?a season of athletic games. The Lake? ville boys, with the exception of one i lad who has no athletic skill, hold a : grievance against the Black Eagle Pa j trol, which the Scouts find hard to 'smooth over, but they finally win the I whole school's confidence, and in the end everybody wants to become a 1 Scout. Another ?Scout story. Coxswain Drake, of the Sea Scouts, by Isabel Hornibrook Little, Brown & Co.;, is a tale about ; how, during the summer vacation which 1 opens on an island off the Massachu i :icttn coast, Lonny Drake, the loafing | street corner boy joined the Scout3 and ? made good. The Real West j WfILLIAM S. HART, in his book Injun ** and Whitey (Houghton Miffiin Company, the first of his Boys' G j West series, tells us a story of t? as it rtyilly is. Soolook Wild Boy\ by Roy ?.. Snell ?Little, Brown & Co.;, is the story of an Esquimau orphan. Fourth Down, by Ralph Henry Bar hour (D. Appleton &. Co.), is, as its name signifies, another football book by ] Mr. Barbour. Making- Good, by Captain G. B. Mc ; Kean (the Macmillan Company?, is y, '? story of ranch life in western Cariada. Scouts of the Desert, by John Fleming Wilson (the Macmillan Company), is a I Boy Scout story of the Mojave Desert. The Pursuit of the Apache Chief, '?* I Everett T. Tomlinson (D. Appleton & ? Co.), has as its- setting the Arizona ?canyons in the country of the Apaches. Dick Arnold Plays the Garne, by Earl | Reed Silvers (D. Appleton & Co.), is another story of athletic prowes?. Reddy Brant, by W. C. Tuttle (the I Century Company), is a series of stories ! about a fourteen-year-old orphan. The Boys' Book of Magic, by Here ! ward Carrington (Dodd. Mead & Co.), contains card tricks, magic stunts, ven i triloquists' feats, etc. At the Sign of the Two Heroes, by lAdalr Alden (the Century Com*-*.. i the adventures of three ___,'' the shores of Lake Champlain The Blue Pearl, by Samuel *W [r. (the Century Company), i8 "?" Boy S??ut story of the <^o_8 0f ,7 ??: west. " ** Martin Crusoe, by T. C. Bridge, (n, court, Brace & Howe , givesabayW veritui ? ?ard Island. *. Office Floy, by Ha?' s- Latham millan Compas?) ^ the story of a boy who had to get k' "n?l work for his 1:\ ;.ng. Mark of ?he Knife, by CUtv H. Ernst (Little, Brown & i_v ?. ? : story m which athletics are \ most ii i ? ' * idventares, Border, by ETera. T. Tomlinson CD. Appleton ?-Co.i.is" story of United States army life on f> -i border. Boy'' Book of Model Boats, h? E_i. mond F. Yates 'the Century Compare" ten/ how to i. ik? all kinds of boats' ' A pretentious volume called The Bo* Scouts' Year Book, published for fc Boy Stouts of America, has been isssti by D. Appleton & So. Girls' Books Have Changed jP1 IRLS' tve changed ? la * ? "teen years. Not i> nany - t Is iylike, .-.. little girl - written. Thc "' "? ' ""'ire and good Limes. T easure Mountain, by Edna Turo,-; e Century Company), is an excitit tale ufa girl's adventures in the atone tains o I Virginia. a B, and Ernest Cet. Lathrop, Li ? ird Compatv of a girl ' up in thi rni: ? - A H am .-Vr.ool Girl, b? la Brazil (Frederick A. Stokt i Girl at th Gabh ~. by Angela Brazil, are gor> ?tories of girh ' schoo Little Friend L>. dia. by Ethe! C Phillips (Houghton Mifflin Company is the - ?..-; . ttle orphan w_ finds a hoi I has many pleasar. ? Elizabeth, Her Folks, ar.d Eiizabet: . . Barbara Kay (Doubi? day, Page & Co.C are about the sarc heroine. *i ig to the *'Elh; beth, Her Books," ?eries and this yosn lady is a friend whom other girls wi _b_b_b_H Trusting to the Child's Taste Within Certain Limits individual Judgments Should Be Considered i "Ther$ teas a child went forth every day; And the first object he look'd upon, that 'object he became; And that object became part of him for the day, or a certain part of the day, or for many year,*, or stretch? ing cycles of years!'?Walt Whit? man, DURING the years of childhood decisions and rules made b*? grown people surround a child pretty carefully.* Certain kinds of food are best for hin;?they have been tested and proved best; cer? tain studies are necessary; in well ordered households, fixed bedtimes an 1 rising hours for the children are in? variable. A certain code of manners for children has been worked out by fathers and mothers. This must be observed for the sake of peace?if not for the sake of the future and society. In fact, children have little chance for the exercise of individual choice except in their games and play, which are to them the most vital part of life. Games are indeed often taught by older people, or "led" by directors, but those that art? most fun are really dis? coveries of the children themselves Sliding down haystacks (a farmer usu? ally stops this irately because of youi destruction); playing hide-and-seek ir a eornfield, where you almost get lost; if you are a city child, "catching" ride; on sleighs, sometimes "hitching" witl your sled and rope, sometimes jumping on, both full of danger; skating or ' rubber" ice under the bridge where th< ice is thin. No grown-up could hav< watched your recklessness without ai least flinging out a rope to save yoi from drowning. But you didn't drown. You wer? pretty close to the edze, but childrei have an unaccountable sense of th? line between the fun of a little dange: and destruction. With plenty of out of-doors and a few restriations in re gard to playmates most children cai be trusted to discover the best fui for themselves. And so with reading. Books hav? unlimited possibilities as children' friends and as recreation. Childrei lucky enough to have many book around them, to hear stories, folklore poetry, history, read aloud, grow u; with this literature a part of then Many children miss this experienc either because they have not enoug' books or because their reading is to closely limited by parents or teachers and they do not have a chance to exei eise their own choice, to develop an follow tastes of their own. A mother may tire of reading Th Elephant's Child over and over to five-year-old boy every evening for month, but if she is wise she wi, sacrifice her impatience to the child delight, realizing that he is sure t know when he has had enough of and that by that time appreciation c the fun, the exaggeration, the play < words and caricature of youthfi egotism in the story will have bee absorbed by the listener. His scn.-t of humor, his penetration of hania-. psychology, will be keener, though ii will be many years before he calls his love of The Elephant's Child by - : analytical tern's. At eig&t year, old perhaps the Swiss Family Robin? son for a few weeks complete'." , obliterates all the myths, history ; stories, fairy taies and poetry that a;? usually delightful. And this book mav prove pretty tiresome to the pares: who is reading aloud. But when it: joy has been exhausted temporarily . another book of adventure ?3 de? manded, and parents must know As to suggest. ? When a boy starts to read to hir> i self he often will read nothing but i modern boys' stories. They are easier. i less complex, perhaps, than book? of ; biography or history. He'd rather ? you'd read aloud to him, from S?* I Henry Newbolt perhaps or some other author whose books you like too. You ! can't understand his interest in th; | stories that are to you trivial. Hs tells you he likes them because s' five books in the series are about "Jim and Dick," the twins, and he feel? ?s if they were real boys. But you are relieved at his te?: for Palmer's Translation of the Odr5 st y. He makes you reread many times the sentence, "As the early rosy-fin? gered dawn appeared ... the mer; took their places at the pins, ?a** sitting in order smote the foaming water with their oars." He likes the sound of it. And you realize that he knows Odysseus and Penelope **i Telemachus; they thrill him far more than "Jim and Dick." He knows theo well, because of the myths you re?fl him when he was seven and eight ?rc nine years old. In school, allusions to characters of myth and history have always been familiar to him; w*e stories are pnrt of him. He has Hv#> with them through all his boyhood And he will go on into adult life wi* a feeling for good books, a sense that they belong to him. A big responsibility this ? &*' fathers and mothers an<T aunts ?n< uncles and big brothers and sisters shall not only give children a chance to love books, but also surround the? with a generous supply of a variety o* books, so that the children may <k velop taste of their cwn. Children's Book Week, held annual'-.'* in November, Is an opportunity to P?> special attention to children's reading? especially to the books of the child? around us. The bookstores are havinf special displays of the new books w'11" ten for children as well as beautif? editions of the older books loved tt children for generations. The public libraries are holding ?*** hibits of books recommended for gi'ts cr.d the children's libraries are offer? ing their advice to all who would kno* more about books for children. T*' women's clubs are taking up the ?o ject of children's reading at their N* vember meetings, in many cases a* ing discussions of the books chil?r*B love. ??