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Scnoor,-Booxs.—The British Empire is one of a series of geography

readers bearing the title of "The World and its People " (T. Nelson and Sons, ls. 10d.) It is excellently equipped with illustrations ; the coloured plates are particularly attractive.—In a similar series, "Round the World" (T. C. and E. C. Jack, 4d.), we have Australasia, by G. L. Glover, B.A.—The Mother Tongue. By Sarah Louise Arnold and George Lyman Kettridge. Edited for English schools by J. W. Adamson. (Ginn and Co. ls. 6d.)—What is true of all school- books is especially applicable to this,—it ought to be tried before it can be judged. It is certainly practical. One exercise is: you want to hire a man to do a day's work in your garden, but do not possess all the gardening tools ; describe your interview ; write to a house painter for estimate for painting your house; write a recipe for making bread ; write an account of one of your pets. —Practical also is "Business is Business" : a First Commercial Reader, by James Lamb (T. C. and E. C. Jack, 8d.) Various commercial operations are described, and accounts are given of eminent "merchant princes."—From the same publishers we have also Vol. III. of The "Look about You" Nature Study Books, by Thomas H. Hoare (81), telling us about plants, the dwellers in ponds, caterpillars, &c., with good coloured pictures ; also The Three Term Arithmetic, V. and VI., by J. W. life, M.A. (3d. and 4d.) ; and The Winchester Arithmetic, by C. Godfrey, M.A., and • M. Bell, B.A.—French Genders Conquered (Baker and Son, Clifton) exhibits a complete scheme on a card measuring ten by six inches.