McGuffey Readers were a series of graded primers for grade levels 1-6. They were widely used as textbooks in American schools from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century, and are still used today in some private schools and in homeschooling.
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bag Fred whoo a wake’ creep’ing
1. “Where did you get that owl, Harry?”
2. “Fred and I found him in the old, hollow oak.”
3. “How did you know he was there?”
4. “I’ll tell you. Fred and I were playing ‘hide and seek’ round the old barn, one night just at dusk.
5. “I was just creeping round the corner, when I heard a loud squeak, and a big bird flew up with something in his claws.
6. “I called Fred, and we watched him as he flew to the woods. Fred thought the bird was an owl, and that he had a nest in the old oak.
7. “The next day we went to look for him, and, sure enough, he was there.”
8. “But how did you catch him? I should think he could fight like a good fellow with that sharp bill.”
9. “He can when he is wide awake; but owls can’t see very well in the daytime, and he was taking a nap.
10. “He opened his great eyes, and ruffled up his feathers, and said, “Whoo! Whoo!’ ‘Never mind who,’ Fred said, and slipped him into a bag.”
May kinds of owls are mentioned in the Bible. Most of them are listed as birds to not eat.
“… the short-eared owl, ;… the little owl, the fisher owl, and the screech owl; the white owl,… (Leviticus 11:16-18 NKJV)
McGuffey’s Reader for 2nd Grade:
- The Kingbird – McGuffey’s Second Grade Reader
- What A Bird Taught – McGuffey’s Second Grade Reader
- Fish Hawk – McGuffey’s Second Grade Reader