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The craftsman
Volume XXXI, Number 3 (December 1916)

Book reviews,   pp. 296-18a PDF (4.5 MB)


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BOOK REVIEWS
not made a point of keeping the melodies
in the keys sung by the birds, but he has
made every effort to preserve the spirit of
the original song, transposing where neces-
sary to keys which would allow suitable
range for the child's voice, but keeping the
melodic intervals absolutely true. Every
song is made especially interesting to chil-
dren through a picture in color of the bird
whose call inspired the song. The book
should meet especial favor with all mem-
bers of Audubon societies, bird lovers in
general, music teachers and nature study
teachers. (Published by G. Schirmer, New
York and Boston. Illustrated. 77 pages.
Price, $1.25 net.)
THE LITTLE HUNCHBACK ZIA: BY
FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT
Z IA, a poor little hunchback castaway,
     hungry, lonely, in terror of a fearful
     old woman who told him he was
hideous to look at, journeyed to Bethle-
hem many hundreds of years ago, and
saw a radiant light streaming from a low-
ly cave where a woman in a blue robe sat
upon some straw with a baby in her arms.
Then his crooked little body became
straight, his limbs strong, and his face
filled with divine beauty.
  This exquisite Christmas story of Mrs.
Burnett's touches the heart of young and
old alike, and breathes forth that raptur-
ous spirit of holiness that belongs in a
child's Christmas story. (Published by
Frederick  A. Stokes Company, New
York. Illustrated. 55 pages. Price, 75
cents net.)
HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH
BIRDS: BY NIEL MORROW LADD
T is astonishing how few people know
   how to make friends with birds. They
   know they need water and food, but
what kind of food, and how to provide it,
seems utterly unknown. This little hand-
book of Mr. Ladd's supplies just such inf or-
mation as every one interested in preserv-
ing our native birds should have in their
possession. It is the latest of the Pocket
Nature Guide series, that convenient series
of booklets that fit so snugly in the pocket
it does not disturb the tramper's explora-
tions, but answers all questions so reliably.
  In this book will be found directions for
making nesting boxes, and advice as how to
place them, what berries to plant to attract
birds, how to lure wild fowl, how to make
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bird baths. In the 220 pages is condensed
a tremendous amount of information, and
on every page is a beautiful picture, some-
times colored, of familiar winged garden-
ers. A most exact handbook for the stu-
dent, and a gift book that should be appre-
ciated by every nature lover, old or young.
(Published by Doubleday, Page & Co., New
York. Illustrated. 228 pages. Price, $1.25,
net.)
JACOBEAN FURNITURE: BY HELEN
CHURCHILL CANDEE
T HE historical background furnishing
     the connection between antiquity
     and the great people of their era,
forms the chief pleasure of many col-
lectors of old furniture. It is therefore
to enthusiastic historians that this book
will make the strongest appeal, for Miss
Candee has in this small volume dwelt
especially upon the interesting relation
between Jacobean styles of furniture, and
the gay and romantic courts of the seven-
teenth century. This book is practically
an elaboration of a theme suggested in
her widely known "Decorative Styles
and Periods." It is interesting reading
for students as well as collectors, and will
prove an important addition to the library
of students of art and interior decoration.
It points out the things to be admired as
well as those to be avoided in the pur-
chasing of Jacobean furniture and the ar-
ranging of it in modest as well as impres-
sive homes. (Published by Frederick A.
Stokes Company, New York. 43 Illustra-
tions. 56 pages. Price, $1.25 net.)
SAFETY FIRST FOR VOCATIONAL
SCHOOLS: BY LEWIS A. WILSON
T HIS valuable bulletin was prepared by
     the division of Agricultural and In-
     dustrial Education of the University
of the State of New York with the view of
preventing  accidents in the  Manual
Training shops of the schools, and to give
children knowledge of what to do in case
of acciderrts of all kinds. (Published by
the University of the State of New York,
Albany, N. Y. Illustrated. 89 pages.)
THE GUIDING THREAD: BY BEA-
TRICE HARRADEN
STORY of a beautiful country girl
Awho married a great scholar and was
      dominated by him until she awakened
to the realization that she was little more


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