Saturday, December 02, 2006

Random Reading Part B

I shouldn't have cheated and used the second book on the shelf. If I had chosen my grandmother's school book, which is entitled Modern English Book One copyright 1906 (not mathematics as I had thought), my stolen post would have read as follows:

"II. A Window Garden.—Have you seen the tiny window gardens that city boys and girls, who love to see "green things growing," make for themselves? Have you such a garden in your schoolroom?
Describe a window garden you have seen. Tell—Where you saw it; what it was made of; what grew in it; how it made the room seem indoors; how it looked out of doors; who took care of it, if you know."

My grandmother grew up in rural Alabama, so her school book has a Southern Literature supplement in the back with poetry to memorize and various exercises. One hundred years later, the English literature book my 16-year-old daughter studies from includes one of the same poems--The Song of the Chattahoochee by Sidney Lanier.

4 comments:

dive said...

Oh, yes. That's much nicer. Almost poetic, Robyn.

Gina said...

That is so cool.

molly said...

I like this so much better than mathematics.

Sassy Sundry said...

I posted this on Dive's blog.

Very groovy idea.