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" We know of none other better fitted to present ' the beauties of nature and
the wonders of the world we live in,' to the popular understanding and appreci-
ation than Sir John Lubbock, who is at once a master of his chosen topic and of
a diction unsurpassed for clearness and simplicity of statement. It is a volume
which the reading public will recognize and hail immediately as among the most
delightfully instructive of the year's production in books. There is matter in
it for the young and the mature mind. . . . One cannot rise from the perusal
of this volume, without a consciousness of a mind invigorated and permanently
enriched by an acquaintance with it." Oswego Daily Times.

" It is a charming book. . . . Few writers succeed in making natural history,
and indeed scientific subjects, more than interesting. In the hands of most
authors they are intolerably dull to the general reader and especially to children.
Sir John Lubbock makes his theme as entrancing as a novel. . . . The book
is magnificently illustrated, and discusses the wonders of the animal, mineral,
and vegetable kingdoms, the marvels of earth, sea, and the vaulted heavens. In
the compass of its pages an immense amount of knowledge which all should
know is given in a manner that will compel the child who commences it to
pursue it to the end. It is a work which cannot be too highly recommended
to parents who have at heart the proper education of their children." The
Arena.

" We have here a rich store of information told in the charming style for
which the distinguished author is famous. It is suited alike to the scientific and
the unscientific reader. The wonders of animal, especially of insect, life, of
plant life, of woods and fields, of mountains, of rivers, of lakes, of the sea and
of the starry heavens, are here delightfully described, and they are marvellous
indeed. ... It is a good book to kindle in the reader a love of nature. . . .
There is not a dry or dull page in the book." The Western Recorder.

" We find nothing to criticise and everything to enjoy. . . . The unpreten-
tious method and the simplicity of the style will attract even a child, and the
whole book has a winning power. . . . The author is copious in information,
suggestive in profound thought, and so clear and forcible in style that man or
girl or boy can enjoy his every page." The Literary World.



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PART I.



CHAPTER I.

THE DUTY OF HAPPINESS.

CHAPTER II.
THE HAPPINESS OF DUTY.

CHAPTER III.

A SONG OF BOOKS.

CHAPTER IV.

THE CHOICE OF BOOKS.

CHAPTER V.
THE BLESSING OF FRIENDS.



CHAPTER VI.
THE VALUE OF TIME.

CHAPTER VII.

THE PLEASURES OF TRAVEL.

CHAPTER VIII.

THE PLEASURES OF HOME.

CHAPTER IX.

SCIENCE.

CHAPTER X.

EDUCATION.



PART II.



CHAPTER I.
AMBITION.

CHAPTER II.
WEALTH.

CHAPTER III.

HEALTH.
CHAPTER IV.

LOVE.
CHAPTER V.

ART.

CHAPTER VI.

POETRY.



CHAPTER

THE DESTINY



CHAPTER VII.

Music.

CHAPTER VIII.

THE BEAUTIES OF NATURE.

CHAPTER IX.

THE TROUBLES OF LIFE.

CHAPTER X.

LABOUR AND REST.

CHAPTER XI. '

RELIGION.

CHAPTER XII.
THE HOPE OF PROGRESS.

XIII.

OF MAN.



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" The volume is fascinating from beginning to end, and there are
many hints to be found in the wisdom and thrift shown by these small-
est animal creatures." Boston Times.

" A charming book to read, an interesting one to study, is a little
volume of untechnical natural history, ' Romance of the Insect World,'
by L. N. Badenoch. The chapter subjects are : The Metamorphoses
of Insects Food of Insects Hermit Homes Social Homes and
The Defences of Insects, or Protection as Derived from Color. . . .
The author has been able to tell the interesting facts of the insect world
in the simplest style and in a remarkably intelligent and lucid manner.
And on every page is evidence of the thorough familiarity of the writer
with the life of which he writes and his sympathy with the subject. The
result is a splendid book to be put in the hands of any youth who
may need an incentive to interest in out-door life or the history of
things around him." Chicago Times.

"Though not written for children, this is a delightful book for the
little folk. It tells the wonderful facts in the lives of beetles, hugs, butter-
flies and flies, ants and spiders, wasps and bees, and all their kin, their
transformations, their methods of capturing prey or laying up food, their
care of the young or the feeble in the case of those who have this
instinct, and many other things more marvelous than, the indifferent
would suppose possible. . . . There are few readers of any age who will
not feel its charm." Evangelist.



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