11 AUGUST 1838, Page 20


Crusts in Soak for Chickens to Pick, "by PA," is a little one's reading-book ; consisting throughout of words of one syllable, first of three and then of four letters. It displays some knack in the formation of the lessons, from the limi- tation necessarily imposed on the compiler; but it has in general the childish character of old reading-books, instead of the sensible tone which modern ones have adopted. At the same time, we sus- pect that the former are the most acceptable in the nursery—" the sports of children satisfy the child."