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Jo-Boy

By Mildred English and Thomas Alexander

Sacramento, CA California State Department of Education, 1938. Hardcover Good+: Shows significant indications of use: shows considerable wear to the extremities and is just starting to wear through the fabric at the lower corner tips to the underlying board; much rubbing, but the designs and titles at the front panel remain quite legible, as are the titles at the backstrip. Binding remains square and secure; text clean. Overall, remains a sturdy reading copy with a clean text. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 128pp. Profusely Illustrated in Color by Rhoda Chase. Decorated Endpapers. Re-inforced Binding. Copyright 1935 by the Johnson Publishing Company; this is the 1938 California State Department of Education edition. Former California State Elementary Reader Textbook. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'.



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McGuffey's Sixth Eclectic Reader

By William McGuffey

New York, NY Van Nostrand Reinhold. Hardcover Reprint Edition Near Fine: shows only the most minute indications of use: Mild rubbing to the corner tips. Binding square and secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. 8vo. 464pp. Pictorial Paper on Boards.



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Hamlet's Dresser: A Memoir

By Bob Smith

New York, NY Scribner, 2003. Paperback First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. Very Near Fine in Wraps: pages ever-so-slightly tanned; Just a hint of wear to front corner tips; binding square and secure; text clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 286pp. Trade Paperback.


McGuffey's Third Eclectic Reader

By William McGuffey

New York, NY American Book Company, 2007. Hardcover Revised Edition Revised Edition.Near Fine: shows just a hint of wear to extremities; a couple of small, faint crayon marks at the front panel; else flawless. Binding square and secure; text clean. Remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. Nearly New. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 208pp. This is a recent reprint. The Information provided in the reprinted text of the book provides copyrights of 1879 by Van Antwerp, Bragg; in 1896 by the American Book Company, & 1906 and 1920 by H.H. Vail. The title pages names Van Nostrand Reinhold, but provides no date. Hardcover: Decorated Boards. McGuffey's Readers are a delight. I read the books cover to cover and loved every single story contained therein. These two literary tools [the Readers and the BB Speller] were how America learned to read for 150 years. And after wasting 18 months listening to reading "specialists" in public schools, I taught my daughter to read in under 6 weeks. She is now in her sophomore year of college (honor student, too) and is a prolific reader. I highly recommend McGuffey's Readers for any parent who wants to teach their child to read. It is a book you will keep forever, and it is something to be handed down to your children and their children and on and on. And as a prior reviewer stated, they are a real keyhole peak into a bygone time. Plus, the stories are very moral and leave a strong positive impression on young minds.



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The Best of the Best in Young Adult Literature: 101 Classics in Young Adult Literature and How to Use Them in Your Program [Resource Handbook]

By Bonnie Kunzel

Bellevue, WA Bureau of Education and Research, 2008. Paperback Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: shows the mildest rubbing and just a hint of soiling. Binding shows barely discernible lean, but remains perfectly secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 4to. 326pp. Textbook Paperback.



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On Location 1: Reading and Writing for Success in the Content Areas [Teacher's Edition]

By Thomas Bye with John Chapman

New York, NY McGraw-Hill ESL/ELT, 2005. Paperback Very Good+ in Wraps: shows very little wear at all, but the wire spiral shows some bending and damage and the top corner of the front heavy card board is a little bunged; else flawless; binding square and secure; text clean. Remains close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 4to. 216pp. Heavy Card stock PBK: Spiral Bound.



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How Children Learn [Revised Edition]

By John Holt

New York, NY Delta/Seymour Lawrence: Merloyd Lawrence Books, 1989. Paperback Second Ed, Revised & Enlarged. Second Ed, Revised & Enlarged. Near Fine in Wraps: former owner's rubber-stamp at front endpaper; pages have tanned slightly, due to aging; binding shows the slightest lean, but remains perfectly secure; text clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 303pp. Trade Paperback. I discovered "How Children Learn" when my own children were already on their way to their teens. I wish I'd had it when they were born, or soon after. John Holt opens our eyes to the absolutely astonishing efficiency with which pre-school children learn so many things. And he does it without any of the language of "educationese," the gobbledygook that so often clutters books about educational issues and makes them opaque and unpleasant tasks to read. Everything he says is immediate, concrete, and down to earth, drawn from specific observations of particular children, working effectively to learn whatever interests them. This is a book that I regularly now give as a gift to my friends when they become parents for the first time. I know of no other that will fill THEM with wonder over the ensuing five years or so, as their children learn to come to grips with the world. Holt didn't have children of his own, and his first opinions of children and learning came from being a schoolteacher in an elite private school, where he taught math to 5th graders. He was exposed to younger children and babies who were friends and relatives, and began forming different opinions about learning, which he shares in this book. Holt is fascinated by the notion that children accomplish so much before formal schooling begins and realizes that the way school is set up goes directly in opposition to what is natural and has worked for these children up to the point they are sent off to school. This revised edition makes clear which text is original then what was added-which is new perspective as he had spent more time around children and his theories matured and changed a bit. Seeing the two perspectives clearly was very interesting and educational.


The Construction Zone: Working for Cognitive Change in School

By Denis Newman, Peg Griffin, & Michael Cole

Cambridge, UK Cambridge University Press, 1989. Hardcover First Ed, so stated. Near Fine: shows barely discernible scuffing at front panel; else flawless, BUT HIGH-LIGHTING on thirteen pages in text. Binding square and secure; text clean. But for the high-lighting, Virtually 'As New', showing no other flaws. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 202pp. (Learning in Doing Series). Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'.


Directory of the Public Schools of the Borough of Pottstown, PA., for 1904-1905

By M.L. Seascholtz [Compiler]

Pottstown, PA Borough of Pottstown, 1905. Hardcover No indication of printing history. Very Good+: shows very light wear to extremities. Foxing at outside edges and endpapers. Minor scuffing. Binding square and secure; text clean. Remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 32mo. 172pp. Contains an Inventory of School Directors, Officers, Buildings, Textbooks, Students, Schedule of Studies, Suggestions to Assist Teachers in the Reading Classes, Rules & Regulations, etc. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'.