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THE TWINS TALES - CONTENTS



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 - XIII. REFUGEES -

XIV. THE MOST WONDERFUL PART



THE BELGIAN TWINS

By Lucy Fitch Perkins


Geographical Series

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.

Historical Series

THE CAVE TWINS. Grade IV.
THE SPARTAN TWINS. Grades V-VI.
THE PURITAN TWINS. Grades VI-VII.


To the friends of Belgian Children --


PREFACE

In this sad hour of the world's history, when so many homes have
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 with
unfailing courage and cheerfulness, and by so doing have helped
to carry the burdens of the world, and to sustain other hearts as
heavy as their own.

It is comforting, also, to know that there are many instances of
happy reunions after long and unspeakable anxieties, adventures,
and trials.

This story of two little Belgian refugees is based upon the
actual experience of two Belgian children, and the incident of
the locket is quite true.

The characters of the eel-woman and the mother of the Twins have
also their living originals, from whose courage and devotion the
author has received much inspiration.

CONTENTS

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

XIII. REFUGEES

XIV. THE MOST WONDERFUL PART



SUGGESTIONS TO TEACHERS

American children who have been giving their pennies to help take
care of little Belgian children will find this new "Twins" book
one of the most appealing that Mrs. Perkins has ever written. The
author's Preface states the sources of her inspiration. As usual,
her story will be found sympathetic in spirit and accurate as to
facts.

At the present day books are constantly issuing from the press
which will assist teachers in planning their own preparation for
the class reading of this book; for example, Griffis's: "Belgium:
The Land of Art" and Gibson's: "A Journal from our Legation in
Belgium". Books issued in past years which tell other stories of
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 Their Three
Homes" and "Brave Little Holland", and Davis's "History of
Medieval and Modern Europe" (sections 238, 266, and the account
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 in this
connection. Picture postcards, also, will supply a wealth of
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 the
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 more
difficult words.

The possibilities for dramatization will be immediately apparent.
In this, the author's illustrations will, as in all the "Twins"
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, and
retelling its story in his own words.

The illustrations may be used, also, as models for the pupils'
sketching; their simple style renders them especially suitable
for this use.


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