The Beacon Second Reader

James Hiram Fassett (1869 - 1930)

In the “Beacon Second Reader” the author has chosen for his stories only those of recognized literary merit; and while it has been necessary to rearrange and sometimes rewrite them for the purpose of simplification, yet he has endeavored to retain the spirit which has served to endear these ancient tales to the children of all ages. The fairy story appeals particularly to children who are in the second school year. - Summary from the Preface

This school reader is an excellent resource for anyone learning to read English, children and adults alike. Reading along while listening is a great way to develop reading skills. The tables at the end of the reader provide lists of common word patterns to promote both reading and writing skills. Reading along is especially helpful for this part of the book.

Genre(s): Children's Fiction, Short works

Language: English

Play 00PrefaceJames Hiram FassettEtextEvan Smith00:02:23en
Play 01The Shoemaker and the ElvesJacob & Wilhelm GrimmEtextEvan Smith00:03:39en
Play 02The ShipEtextEvan Smith00:00:51en
Play 03The Wolf and the Seven Young KidsJacob & Wilhelm GrimmEtextEvan Smith00:05:00en
Play 04They Didn't ThinkPhoeby CareyEtextEvan Smith00:01:23en
Play 05Tom ThumbEtextEvan Smith00:06:15en
Play 06SupposeAlice CaryEtextEvan Smith00:01:11en
Play 07CinderellaCharles PerraultEtextEvan Smith00:04:37en
Play 08RaindropsAnn HawkshawEtextEvan Smith00:00:48en
Play 09The Four FriendsJacob & Wilhelm GrimmEtextEvan Smith00:06:32en
Play 10Little BirdieAlfred, Lord TennysonEtextEvan Smith00:00:54en
Play 11Mother FrostJacob & Wilhelm GrimmEtextEvan Smith00:06:25en
Play 12If Ever I SeeLydia Maria ChildEtextEvan Smith00:00:55en
Play 13Why the Bear's Tail Is ShortPeter Christen AsbjørnsenEtextEvan Smith00:02:47en
Play 14RumpelstiltskinJacob & Wilhelm GrimmEtextEvan Smith00:08:33en
Play 15Bed in SummerRobert Louis StevensonEtextEvan Smith00:00:49en
Play 16The Golden TouchEtextEvan Smith00:04:52en
Play 17Over in the MeadowOlive A. WadsworthEtextEvan Smith00:01:47en
Play 18The Bell of AtriEtextEvan Smith00:03:15en
Play 19The BabyHugh MillerEtextEvan Smith00:00:49en
Play 20Bruce and the SpiderEtextEvan Smith00:02:22en
Play 21The Wise Little PigEtextEvan Smith00:01:23en
Play 22An Indian StoryEtextEvan Smith00:06:44en
Play 23A Good PlayEtextEvan Smith00:00:55
Play 24Dick WhittingtonThomas HeywoodEtextEvan Smith00:06:55en
Play 25The New MoonEliza Lee Cabot FollenEtextEvan Smith00:01:11en
Play 26Briar RoseJacob & Wilhelm GrimmEtextEvan Smith00:06:40en
Play 27All Things BeautifulCecil F. AlexanderEtextEvan Smith00:00:57en
Play 28The Baker Boys and the BeesEtextEvan Smith00:04:15en
Play 29Falling SnowEtextEvan Smith00:00:51en
Play 30Little Goody Two ShoesOliver GoldsmithEtextEvan Smith00:10:48en
Play 31One Step and Then AnotherEtextEvan Smith00:00:39en
Play 32Good Night and Good MorningRichard Monckton MilnesEtextEvan Smith00:01:37en
Play 33David and GoliathUpdated King James BibleEtextEvan Smith00:04:54en
Play 34Phonetic Tables – IntroductionEtextEvan Smith00:00:51
Play 35Table 1 – Review of Short VowelsEtextEvan Smith00:01:20
Play 36Table 2 - Two Consonants Following a VowelEtextEvan Smith00:02:42
Play 37Table 3 - Two Consonants Preceding a VowelEtextEvan Smith00:02:50
Play 38Table 4 – Words with “wh” and Review of Tables 2 & 3EtextEvan Smith00:02:51
Play 39Table 5 – Final “e” (Long Vowel Sound)EtextEvan Smith00:03:11
Play 40Table 6 – Long and Short Vowels; Words Ending in “se”EtextEvan Smith00:02:58
Play 41Table 7 – Effect of “r” and “re” on Preceding Vowel SoundEtextEvan Smith00:03:04
Play 42Table 8 – Words with “ea” / “ee” (Long “e” Sound)EtextEvan Smith00:03:09
Play 43Table 9 – Words with “ai” / “ay” (Long “a” Sound)EtextEvan Smith00:01:52
Play 44Table 10 - Words with “oa” / “oe” (Long “o” Sound)EtextEvan Smith00:01:27
Play 45Table 11 - Words with “ie” / “y” (Long “i” Sound)EtextEvan Smith00:01:23
Play 46Table 12 - Words with “ew” / “ue” (Long “u” Sound)EtextEvan Smith00:01:08
Play 47Table 13 - Words with “oi” / “oy”EtextEvan Smith00:01:22
Play 48Table 14 - Words with “au” / “aw”EtextEvan Smith00:01:27
Play 49Table 15 - Words with “ou” / “ow”EtextEvan Smith00:01:56
Play 50Table 16 - Words with “oo”EtextEvan Smith00:02:02
Play 51Table 17 - Words with “qu”EtextEvan Smith00:01:20
Play 52Table 18 - ReviewEtextEvan Smith00:05:46
Play 53Table 19 - Soft “c” SoundEtextEvan Smith00:01:47
Play 54Table 20 - Words with “g” / “dg”EtextEvan Smith00:01:42
Play 55Table 21 - Words with “k” / “ck”EtextEvan Smith00:03:03
Play 56Table 22 - Words with “ch” / “tch”EtextEvan Smith00:01:54
Play 57Table 23 - Words with “th”EtextEvan Smith00:01:39
Play 58Table 24 - Words with “ie” (Long “e” Sound)EtextEvan Smith00:00:56
Play 59Table 25 - Words with “o” (Short “o” Sound)EtextEvan Smith00:00:58
Play 60Table 26 - Words with “a” (Short “o” Sound)EtextEvan Smith00:00:54
Play 61Table 27 - Two Vowels Sounded SeparatelyEtextEvan Smith00:00:53
Play 62Table 28 - Words Ending in “tion” / “sion”EtextEvan Smith00:00:55
Play 63Table 29 – ReviewEtextEvan Smith00:03:17
Play 64Table 30 - Common SuffixesEtextEvan Smith00:06:40
Play 65Table 31 - Common PrefixesEtextEvan Smith00:05:24
Play 66Table 32 - Single Consonant (Long Vowel Sound); Double Consonants (Short Vowel Sound)EtextEvan Smith00:03:25
Play 67Table 33 - Silent LettersEtextEvan Smith00:03:25