THE BELGIAN TWINS
By Lucy Fitch Perkins
THE DUTCH TWINS PRIMER. Grade I.
THE DUTCH TWINS. Grade III.
THE ESKIMO TWINS. Grade II.
THE FILIPINO TWINS. Grade IV.
THE JAPANESE TWINS. Grade IV.
THE SWISS TWINS. Grade IV.
THE IRISH TWINS. Grade V.
THE ITALIAN TWINS. Grades V and VI.
THE SCOTCH TWINS. Grades V and VI.
THE MEXICAN TWINS. Grade VI.
THE BELGIAN TWINS. Grade VI.
THE FRENCH TWINS. Grade VII.
THE CAVE TWINS. Grade IV.
THE SPARTAN TWINS. Grades V-VI.
THE PURITAN TWINS. Grades VI-VII.
To the friends of Belgian Children --
In this sad hour of the world's history, when so many homes
been broken up, and so many hearts burdened with heavy sorrows,
it is comforting to think of the many heroic souls who,
throughout the struggle, have gone about their daily tasks
unfailing courage and cheerfulness, and by so doing have
to carry the burdens of the world, and to sustain other
heavy as their own.
It is comforting, also, to know that there are many instances
happy reunions after long and unspeakable anxieties, adventures,
This story of two little Belgian refugees is based upon
actual experience of two Belgian children, and the incident
the locket is quite true.
The characters of the eel-woman and the mother of the Twins
also their living originals, from whose courage and devotion
author has received much inspiration.
I. THE HARVEST-FIELD
II. THE RUMORS
III. THE ALARM
IV. "FOR KING, FOR LAW AND LIBERTY"
V. DOING A MAN'S WORK
VI. AT THE CHURCH
VII. THE TIDAL WAVE OF GERMANS
VIII. GRANNY AND THE EELS
IX. OFF FOR ANTWERP
X. ON THE TOW-PATH
XI. THE ATTACK
XII. THE ZEPPELIN RAID
XIV. THE MOST WONDERFUL PART
SUGGESTIONS TO TEACHERS
American children who have been giving their pennies to
care of little Belgian children will find this new "Twins"
one of the most appealing that Mrs. Perkins has ever written.
author's Preface states the sources of her inspiration.
her story will be found sympathetic in spirit and accurate
At the present day books are constantly issuing from the
which will assist teachers in planning their own preparation
the class reading of this book; for example, Griffis's:
The Land of Art" and Gibson's: "A Journal from
our Legation in
Belgium". Books issued in past years which tell other
exile or emigration, or which deal with European countries
neighboring Belgium, also have their place in the teacher's
reading. We may suggest Griffis's: "The Pilgrims in
Homes" and "Brave Little Holland", and Davis's
Medieval and Modern Europe" (sections 238, 266, and
of the present war). A file of the National Geographic Magazine,
accessible in most public libraries, will be found to contain
many articles and illustrations which will be invaluable
connection. Picture postcards, also, will supply a wealth
appropriate subjects. Children should be encouraged to bring
material of this sort to school.
Once the historical and geographical background has been
sketched, the teacher may safely trust the children to get
most out of the story. Fifth grade pupils can read it without
preparation. Pupils in the fourth grade should first read
it in a
study period in order to work out the pronunciation of the
The possibilities for dramatization will be immediately
In this, the author's illustrations will, as in all the
books, furnish hints as to scenes and action. They may likewise
be used as the subjects of both oral and written compositions--
each pupil selecting the picture most interesting to him,
retelling its story in his own words.
The illustrations may be used, also, as models for the
sketching; their simple style renders them especially suitable
for this use.