20 MAY 1905, Page 22

Little Citizens. By Myra Kelly. (Hodder and Stoughton. 6s.)—The "Little

Citizens" of the title are "fifty-eight little children of Israel" in a lower East Side school in (presumably) New York. The series of sketches which contain their adventures are painted with great tenderness and no little sense of humour, and the patient reader who is undeterred by the rather un- attractive dialect talked by the children themselves will be rewarded for his pains. " The Uses of Adversity " is one of the best of the stories, but all are at so high a level of excellence that it is difficult to choose between them. Miss Bailey, the charming " Teacher " of the stories, will immediately cause all parents to be seized with a violent desire to visit the public schools of America and suborn the teachers to come and under- take the private education of their own offspring. The volume may be highly recommended as containing sketches of an original and attractive kind.