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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III Children of Nine Years Children of nine years begin to take interest in hero stories. This interest may be used to advantage by taking the history of some appropriate hero to illustrate different simple virtues. Courage, Trustworthiness, Patriotism These three qualities are well illustrated in the one story of Leonidas. In giving the model stories that follow, it is to be remembered that they are not worded exactly as they may be told to children, but they can be used for foundations of stories which the teachers will word according to the ability of their children to understand. The Story of Leonidas A little over two thousand years ago, there lived, in a country called Greece, a king named Leonidas, which means "son of a lion"--a name which fitted him very well, as you will see. Greece was a very small country, and it was divided into several small states, just as this country is divided into states, only the Greek states were independent of each other, and some of them had kings. Leonidas was king of a state called Sparta. Now, although there was not a very great number of Greeks altogether, they were a very remarkable people. They had fine schools, beautiful buildings, and wrote wonderful poems and plays. They thought it a good thing to have as strong a body as possible, so that the government would take charge of the boys at a very early age, and see to it that they were given an excellent physical development. Then the young men went into many kinds of athletics, so that the Greeks were models of strength and beauty. In some other countries of that time most of the people were slaves, who belonged to an emperor. In Persia, for instance, there was an emperor named Xerxes, and most of his people were slaves. The emperor...
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