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light Roloson. And here, too, must come it has pretty pictures by C. M. Relyea. in “Fortune's Boats,” by Barbara Yech- The girl of astonishing enterprise is again ton (Houghton, Mifflin & Co.). It is hard

It is hard present in “ Phebe, Her Profession," a seto say whether it is a story for the oldest quel to “ Teddy, Her Book," by Anna of children or for the youngest of grown Chapin Ray (Little, Brown & Co.). The people.

book is cleverly and entertainingly writBut these books are all for girls, of ton. Then there is another clever girl whatever age, and for girls a little younger told about in “Miss Nonentity,” by L. T. is “Brenda, Her School and Her Club," Meade (Lippincott). It has good illustraa story about Boston school girls, by tions by W. Rainey, . Helen Leah Reed, with pictures much better than the average by Jessie Willcox Smith (Little, Brown & Co.). “ Reels and Spindles," by Evelyn Raymond (W. A. Wilde Co.), is about a girl who had seen better days, but was not dismayed by worse ones. “ The Kinkard Venture," by Kate W. Hamilton (Pilgrim Press), is a temperance story. "Randy's Summer," by Amy Brooks (Lee & Shepard), is a simple story of children's country life. There are ten illustrations by the author.

Another girl who took her own fate in her hands and accomplished things is the subject of “Almost as Good as a Boy,” by Amanda M. Douglas (Lee & Shepard). “Pretty Polly Perkins," by Gabrielle E. Jackson (Century Co.), is not only about a pretty girl, but is a pretty book-extremely

Copyright, 1900, by Charles Scribner's Sons. 80-inside and out. And

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From “ Out with Garibaldi."



Six little books in the Sunshine Library children ought not to have books that tell (Thomas Y. Crowell & Co.) have mighty of children's mischief, because they can pretty covers, though their delicate tints think of enough of it for themselves. may suffer when little hands get hold of This suggestion would be valid, if at all, them. There are persons who have so against “Half a Dozen Thinking Caps," many negative rules for the bringing up by Mary F. Leonard; but, then, it would of children that they could never be car- be valid, too, against “ Tom Sawyer”-in ried out except by putting the children fact, that was the book about which it was into barrels and feeding them through the made. Anybody could guess which of bungholes. It has been remarked that these two could be the more easily spared.

“Half a Dozen Thinking Caps” is harmless. “ The Christmas Tree Scholar," by Frances Bent Dillingham, contains a number of short stories about days of the year. The other books are “ The Play Lady, a story for other girls,” by Ella Farman Platt; "Aunt Hannah and Seth," by James Otis; “ Playground Toni," by Anna Chapin Ray, and “Divided Skates,” by Evelyn Raymond.

“ Two Little Street Singers” is a story of the misfortunes and final fortunes of a poor little boy and a poor little girl, by Nora A. M. Roe, published by Lee & Shepard.

Thoughts of “The Prisoner of Zenda" and the coronation of the Queen of Holland are prompted by “A Child of Glee and How She Saved the Queen," by A. G. Plympton (Little, Brown & Co.). It shows how a story for large people needs only remoulding to make it fit for small people. The Queen is to be kidnapped and a little

American girl saves the situaFrom " A Georgian Bungalow."

tion by taking her place, not Houghton, Mifflin & Co.

among her people, as in




“ The Prisoner of Zenda," but as the person to be etolen. The story is prettily told and there are a few attractive pictures by Harry C. Edwards There is humor of a quiet sort in “A Georgian Bungalow,” by Frances Courtenay Baylor (Houghton, Mifflin & Co.). The characters are an English family living on a plantation in Georgia and the negroes of the neighborhood. The author has the faculty of making inconsequential things entertaining, and that is the necesary faculty for such a work.

“The Middle Five," by Francis La Flesche (Small, Maynard & Co.), has a different interest from that of any other of all the books. It is a few little sketches of the life, the work, the studies and the amusements of the Indian boys of a western mission school, and it is written by one of them. It is simply and brightly written and it shows, From " Half a Dozen Thinking Caps."

T. Y. Crowell & Co. more than anything else, that Indian boys are a good deal like other boys. It is likely to To boys of a mechanical turn two books be more interesting to grown persons than by Dan C. Beard, published by Charles to children, who probably would not be Scribner's Sons, will be mines of possiattracted by the ethnological point just bilities, with large deposits of probabilities. mentioned. Another Indian story, not “ The Outdoor Handy Book" is a new, written by one of them, is “ Jack among and enlarged edition of “ The American the Indians," by George Bird Grinnell Boy's Book of Sport." It is a compendious (Stokes). It is an agreeable account of collection of hints on all sorts of things a boy's summer among the tribes of the that ought to interest out-door boys. North, hunting buffalo and other game. Marbles, tops, kites, hoops, stilts, fishing,


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make a perfect multitude of useful and amusing things, and if any boy should go through it he would have an enormous deal of fun and incidentally come out a skilled mechanic.

“The Century Book of the American Colonies," by Elbridge S. Brooks (Century Co.), tells of the founding of the colonies along the Atlantic coast, and has nearly two hundred pictures. There is an introduction by Frederick J. De Peyster, Governor of the Society of Colonial Wars. Accounts of the latest possessions of the United States are given

“Greater America” (Perry Mason & Co.), a collection of articles from “ The Youth's Companion.” The book describes Porto Rico, the Philippines, Hawaii, Guam, etc., and tells how each came under the American flag.

A really charming book is “In the Days of Alfred

the Great,” by Eve March From "With Buller in Natal"-Copyright, 1900, by Charles Scribner's Sons.

Tappan. (Lee & Shepard.)

It tells of the life of one boating, butterfly collecting, swimming, of the noblest men who ever lived in a bicycling, foot-ball, golf, hockey, shinny, simple way which ought to interest all skating, and coasting are only a few of right-minded children, and grown perthe subjects treated historically, scientifi- sons as well. “The Treasury Club," by cally and popularly, the others being too William Drysdale (W. A. Wilde Co.),

( many even to mention.

How any one

tells in an interesting manner, and in the man could invent or find out so many di- form of a story, of the work of the Treasverting devices as are in “The Jack of ury Department of the United States All Trades” is as great a puzzle as any in Government. the book. It tells boys clearly how to The “St. Nicholas Book of Plays and




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Operettas” will be a most useful acquisi- Some of the verses have previously been tion to those who try to manage parlor published in St. Nicholas. “Nanny," and other small amateur entertainments. by T. E. Butler (Russell), is a book about The plays which it contains have been a goat which ate up things and people who printed in “St. Nicholas” from time to became “perfectly furious." You can time in the last twenty-six years, and some read the book through in three minutes, of them have long been favorites. Proba- but it will take you longer than that to bly “The Modern and Mediæval Ballad enjoy all the fun of the pictures. of Mary Jane" is the best shadow pantomime ever devised, and the book contains other things almost as good.

Finally come the big, flat picture books, along with some not quite so big, but quite as flat. This « flat” refers literally to the shape of the books, not figuratively to their contents. One of the best of them all is “A Hand book of Golf for Bears," by Hayden Carruth, with pictures by Frank Verbeck (Russell). It is in the form of an al phabet and of course recalls A. B. Frost's book, but even if it is an imitation, it can be forgiven, because it is 80 funny. It is not easy to say why it should have been “for bears,” unless because the artist liked to draw bears, and indeed they are funny beasts. Another book, to whose cleverness it is hardly necessary to call attention, is Gelett Burgess's "Goops and How to Be Them,” a Manual of Manners for

Little, Brown & Co. Polite Infants (Stokes).

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From “ A Child of Glee."


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