Born in 1800, William Holmes McGuffey had a remarkable ability
to memorize, and could commit to mind entire books of the Bible.
After becoming a teacher at the age of 14, classroom size was just
one of several challenges faced by McGuffey.In many one-teacher
schools, students' ages varied from six to twenty-one, and few
textbooks existed. In 1835, a publishing firm asked McGuffey to
create a series of graded Readers for primary level students. The
series consisted of stories, poems, essays and speeches and it is
estimated that at least 120 million copies of McGuffey's Readers
were sold between 1836 and 1960, placing its sales in a category
with the Bible and Webster's Dictionary.Since 1961 they have
continued to sell at a rate of some 30,000 copies a year. No other
textbook bearing a single person's name has come close to that
mark. McGuffey's 3rd Reader is appropriate for a variety of
ages/reading levels, but most closely approximate 3rd to 5th
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