By Norman McMann – Port Alberni, B.C.
Several years ago, I bought Highroads to Reading books wherever I saw them for sale. As a result, we have a collection from The Primer to Book Six.
The photo of the Highroads to Reading books in the July/August 2012 issue of The Senior Paper brought back many memories of our one-room country school in the 1930s, about 12 miles west of Weyburn, Sask.
Do you recall ‘spellers, scribblers, and readers?’ That is what we called our textbooks.
I loved reading and memory work, and still can recite Trees by Joyce Kilmer, In Flanders Fields by John McRae among others, but I have no idea why I memorized Abou Ben Adhem by Leigh Hunt.
In those days, Bible verses, Away in a Manger, Book Two and The Good Samaritan, and Book Four, were prominent in the readers.
There were also poems by Bliss Carmen, E. Pauline Johnson, and Isabel McKay as well as some famous limericks, nonsense stories, adventures, history of Canada and many other topics to keep us interested.
Many thanks to The Senior Paper for the memories!