Item description for Parables from Nature by Margaret Gatty...
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: IMPERFECT INSTRUMENTS. '' And others' follies teach us not, Nor much their wisdom teaches ; And most, of sterling worth, is what Our own experience preaches." Tennyson. VER the old church-tower passed the rooks, on their way from the neighbour- inn; trees, cawing into the fresh morning air as they went. Dew hung yet upon every stone of the building,on the bits of moss and grass which time had suffered to creep over or between them, here and there,on the edges of the tombs below. There was no one astir at this early hour of an autumn day to speak to or inter- nipt the dark-eyed Geronimo, as he strode hurriedly up the pathway to the porch, the church- keys dangling from his hand, and slightly clanking against each other as he stepped. Behind him followed a rough-haired country lad, but at a little distance, and silent. He had a stick in his hand, however, with which he began to whisk off the wet from the grass blades of the graves on each side the path ; but at one turn andglance from Geronimo, he desisted. Soon the key was in the lock, the bolt had turned, grating, back ; the heavy door was pushed open, the shock echoing through the building; and Geronimo and little Roger, the mason's son, his companion, were walking up the aisle; on one side of which, at the upper end, in a small transept, stood the organ and choir-seats. Let me recall that lonely village, nestling in a narrow valley on the borders of Southern Wales, traversed by a rapid streamlet, which ran through it like a silver thread ; rich in orchards, embosomed in ancient trees, where rooks had built their nests for generations; where the cuckoo's voice reverberated from surrounding hills. At one extremity was the church, at the other the quiet vicarage ; so that the flock were wont to watch abou...
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.66 lbs.
Release Date Oct 2, 2005
ISBN 9561000822 ISBN13 9789561000827
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Reviews - What do customers think about Parables from Nature?
Great!!! Apr 5, 2008
An exceptionally great book. What a blessing it has been to use it in my teaching of nature to my children and Sunday School class.
Beautiful stories with a beautiful message. Dec 13, 2007
These stories illustrate wonderful lessons for young readers, something sorely missing in much of children's literature today. I enjoy them as much if not more than my children.
A challenging gem... May 14, 2007
First let me clarify that I am commenting on the story, not the edition. For what it's worth, I have the edition by Yesterday's Classics and it is nicely done.
These stories are challenging, rich and complex, as they seek to uncover God's craftsmanship in the natural world, how the seen teaches us about the unseen ("the creation declares the glory of God....") The writing and vocabulary are quite sophisticated. We homeschool and I would recommend the book as a read aloud, no earlier than the third grade all the way through adulthood. I am enjoying reading it with my daughter as a jumping off point to discuss the nature of God. I find the book challenging and enjoyable as an adult. It's a great book to glean ideas from and stretch their intellect, imagination and understanding.
Ambleside curriculum has it slated too early in my opinion....my child is bright, but in first or second grade this would have gone right over her head.
Kessinger Publishing's Version is horrible print-wise!! Nov 3, 2006
THIS REVIEW IS ABOUT THIS PUBLISHERS EDITION NOT ABOUT THE BOOKS CONTENT ITSELF.
If you want to know about the content--- be aware that this book is copyright free and in the public domain and you can actually read the entire text free, online, if you are curious about the content of the book and what it is about. I am a person who prefers a real, bound book in the hand to reading on the computer screen or printing off a book onto computer paper.
I learned about this book as it is popular with homeschoolers using the Charlotte Mason method.
This book weaves science content into a story format (narrative format).
About this edition of the book--buyer beware!
I am very annoyed. I saw that this site sells three different publishers' versions of reprints of this very old book, before I purchased the book from this site.
Of course I am mad at myself for making a mistake, but I am also not happy with the way this site markets this Kessinger Publishing's version of this book.
I have had issues in the past with facsimile reprints of antique books sometimes being very hard to read. I took time to research this. I wanted whichever publisher's version has a readable font that is clearly printed.
The way this site presently has this item (book reprinted by Kessinger Publishing) set up on their webpage, I thought I was looking inside this book. Imagine my surprise when the book arrived and the printing itself is horrible! I can't stand to read this! Upon double checking this now, I see I made a simple mistake--if you don't want to make the same mistake that I made please read on...
It appears that this Kessinger Publishing version is a facsimile reproduction of the original. The old font type is hard to read. But the more problematic thing is that the ink is blobby and uneven. Specifically, I mean that some parts of the letters are missing (there is white space) while others are blobbed so that the letters don't look as they should, they are black blobs in some parts. I would prefer a book whose text is clearly visible. A modern font is also usually easier on the eyes.
I am very annoyed as this is not even the cheapest price edition of this book which is currently in print! Come to find out there are cheaper versions with nicer and easier to read font!
I am upset with this site additionally as the way they have this set up to "look inside this book" brings you to the edition published by the publisher "Yesterday's Classics" which has what looks to be a great font, a nice, clear, modern font and a good printing job. (Also today I received a different book purchased from this site by the publisher "Yesterday's Classics" and it is a wonderful printing job and a a nice binding to boot.
I will be returning this book to this site.
NOTE THERE IS AT LEAST ONE PUBLISHER WHO HAS REFORMATTED THE ORIGINAL BOOKS CONTENT INTO A READABLE FONT THAT IS HIGH QUALITY. I don't know if this site will allow me to refer you to that publisher, they are Yesterday's Classics. I ended up buying that publisher's book and it was fantastic.
Parables From Nature Aug 8, 2006
I cannot say enough about this book! What a treasure! its wonderful prose style and encourageing morals are a joy to share with my children. It is a refreshing read and something I'm sure to continue using with my children for a long time to come! It has added a new demension to our devotion and literare time.