The Parents' Review
A Monthly Magazine of Home-Training and Culture
"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
Volume 3, 1892/93, pgs. 797-798
"En hoexkens ende boexkens."
Our readers should see the Girl's Own Paper for November and the four months following. Under the title of "A New Departure in Education," an anonymous writer sets forth education on "our" lines from an independent standpoint. It is gratifying that the writer of so able a paper should feel so strongly the importance of P.N.E.U. work, and should recognise the fitness of the various schemes, "House of Education," "Parents' Review School," &c., by which we are endeavouring to bring about a reform in the aims and methods of education. The writer we have referred to gives physiological reasons, most clearly and tellingly put and illustrated by diagrams, for the truth, as we hold it, and it is for the sake of this admirable instruction about "brains" that we are anxious that our readers should study these papers. We wonder will they think that they recognise the masterly touch of the writer?
Mr. [Edward] Arnold sends us four charming volumes for review belonging to the
Children's Favourite Series. [Edward Arnold is the publisher; these are compilations.] These little books (2s. each) are said to
be beautifully illustrated, and so they are, notably "The Story of a
Donkey," in My Story-Book of Animals. And what a charming donkey he
is! A Spanish donkey, belonging to a Spanish milkman, who carried out
milk for his sick master, all on his own account, knocking at closed
doors "just like a Christian." All the stories of animals are very
Messrs. Sampson Low, Marston & Co. send a volume of "The Playtime Library," entitled Where is Fairy-land? It is delightful to find the author [Joseph F. Charles] of Modern Thought and Modern Thinkers--who is not unknown to the readers of the Parents' Review--catering so happily for the children. His theme is an old one, he tries to awaken in the children a sense of the majesty and the mystery which enwraps this unintelligible world. By giving what we docket as "The forces of Nature" some degree of personality, he endeavours to open children's eyes to the fact that there is nothing so marvellous as the commonplace. Children like this sort of thing, when it is well done, because they really do "want to know." We often forget that a desire for knowledge is as native and more insatiable in a child than the appetite for food. We heard of a child the other day, who delighted in A.L.O.E.'s Fairy know a Bit, just because this fairy told her many things she wanted to know. Mr. Charles' little pair, Fred and Dona, are delightful. We only wish we could hear more of them, their nurse, and their father, the "astrologer." We are not sure that "a spray of the sweet Alpine rose" is an apt description of the plant in question.
Messrs. Macmillan & Co. send Mrs. [Mary Louise] Molesworth's The Girls and I. It is hardly necessary to say a word about the work of so popular an author. The Girls and I contains some really interesting studies of child character. Perhaps "Jack" or "Jock" is placed rather at a disadvantage in having to tell his own tale and confess himself a little bit of a prig, but one now and then comes across just such children, with inherited qualities quaintly marked, as those of "Jock". Mrs. Molesworth is always delightful.
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