This reader is designed not only to improve a child's reading skills and comprehension, but also to increase the youngster's understanding of and delight in God's wonderful creation. The text also seeks to expand the vocabulary skills of the reader by way of special drill in the key terms in dark print found throughout the book. Therefore, it reinforces phonics and introduces basic dictionary skills at the same time. This revised edition retains its gentle, old-fashioned content (similar to the McGuffey readers) but is more comfortable to read than the previous version due to its larger font size and engaging two-color pictures.
Book 3 exposes children to the daily routine of a variety of animals like ants, flies, beetles, barnacles, jellyfish, sea stars, and dragonflies with fun reading sections and illustrations. Each chapter concludes with review questions.
Chapter One—All About Ants
A Look at an Ant
You have been told that an insect is a living creature with a body made in rings and divided into three parts. Most insects have six legs, four wings, and two feelers. There is a great order of insects which we shall call the hook-wing family. The wasp, bee, sawfly, and ant belong to this family. They are the most outstanding of all the insects. They can do many strange and curious things. You will know insects of this great family by their wings. The larger front wings fold back over the smaller rear wings when at rest. In flight, the upper front wings hook firmly to the lower rear ones.
If you look carefully at some kinds of insects, you will soon think that what I have told you is not quite true. Why will you think that? You will say to me, "The fly has only two wings, not four; and the ant has no wings at all." Ah, but wait until you study about ants and flies and see what you will think then.
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