29 JANUARY 1910, Page 48


Happy Schooldays. By Margaret E. Saunders. (Hodder and Stoughton. 2s. 6d. net.)—Miss Saunders might have entitled her book "How to be Happy though at School" but for the fear of plagiarism. It is written with the hope that it may help its readers to do the best with their schooldays, made much happier, by the way, than they used to be, but not incapable of improvement.

• What the girl should do at school and at home, what she should learn and how she should learn it, how she should deal with the lessons she does not like, how she should comport herself in those disagreeable tests of attainment, examinations,—these and other kindred subjects are treated in this volume with good sense, a natural gift, we doubt not, cultivated by experience. Miss Saunders is not above "condescending on particulars." How the school-books are to be kept, how food is to be managed—a most necessary item of instruction this—are among the details of which she treats. So are manners, dress, and other matters. May we venture to make one remark ? Whatever a girl may learn from this volume, and, as we have said, she may learn much, she must not imitate the look of the young "womina. wlibse likeness adorns or disfigures the

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