The Parents' Review
A Monthly Magazine of Home-Training and Culture
"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
The "PR" Letter Bag.
[The Editor is not responsible for the opinions of Correspondents.]
Dear Editor,--I believe it was Mr. Jowett that gave the advice, "Always verify your references."
In the March number of the Parents' Review, Miss Constance Barnard writes:--
"Froebel's idea of the end of life reminds one of Keble's idea of the end of the day--
That with the world, myself and Thee,
I think Mr. Keble would have been somewhat shocked to see attributed to him the time-honoured words of Bishop Ken's Evening Hymn.
Dear Editor,--I have already received the names of quite a number of members who ask for hospitality during the Conference (May 6th--9th). I shall be very grateful if the hospitably inclined among your London readers, will let me know if they can receive guests on that occasion. Our visitors, who in most cases come up from the country alone, find their attendance at the Conference made easy, and their pleasure and comfort much enhanced, by the kindness of hostesses who share similar interests.
Dear Editor,--In reply to "Foster-Mother," I would like to suggest any of Mrs. Molesworth's books for children, e.g. The Cuckoo Clock, A Christmas Child, Carrots, and others, as being interesting, amusing and instructive. My children, from five years onwards, take the greatest interest in them, and also in Mrs. Gatty's Parables from Nature. A child's edition of Don Quixote, illustrated by Walter Crane, and published by Blackie & Son, Ltd., has been much appreciated and remembered. There are also editions of the stories of Rome and Greece, which very young children can enjoy. There is a collection of songs composed by Alfred Scott Gatty (Little Songs for Little Voices, published by Metzler & Co., 42, Great Marlborough Street, London), which is good, and might supply the need.--Trusting that "Foster-Mother" will be helped by this letter.
TO THE READERS OF THE "PARENTS' REVIEW."
Dear Readers,--We read and welcome the Parents' Review month by month, and know it has brought help and happiness into many homes. One constantly meets and hears of people who know nothing of the work of the Union, who live in distant homes away from possible lectures and conferences, and who delight in the red magazine which brings them in touch with the best educational thought of the day. We are most grateful to the editor and the able contributors to this Review, but in the busy rush of life have any of us stopped to think how all this has come about? Money is needed to launch every society, every training college, every journal. How were ours started? Our founder launched the Union and the House of Education without any outside help, but for starting the magazine she had to call in the aid of a few friends and well-wishers. There is, therefore, another small band of people of whose existence some of us were hardly aware, to whom out deep gratitude is due--they are the shareholders in the Parents' Review Company, those friends who thirteen years ago subscribed money to start the magazine.
Circumstances have gradually arisen which make it impossible to continue the existence of this Company. In order therefore to prevent its being sold to any ordinary publishers, and the consequent loss of much that we value in tone, etc., the Committee of the P.N.E.U., which includes Mr. F. Steinthal (one of the directors of the Parents' Review Company), have decided that it would be to the best interests of the P.N.E.U. that The Union, which already publishes and distributes the Parents' Review, should also own it. A fund is therefore being opened to buy up the shares of the Company (representing £1,435) and present the magazine to the Society.
Several of the shareholders have generously handed over their shares to this fund. Others have not yet been approached, and others are not in a position to do this. To refund these latter, about £400 will be required, and I feel sure that this sum will be easily collected among the 2000 odd readers of the Review and members of the P.N.E.U.
Will every grateful reader send a contribution, however small, to
I acknowledge with grateful thanks the receipt of the list of contributions on the following page, received up to March 15th, and firmly believe I have not appealed in vain.
LIST OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FUND.
Typed by happi, Apr 2020
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