Calling Teaching Particulars "marvelous," the Washington Free Beacon says, "This book is not only for teachers; parents of young children who are close to school age and all readers of good will interested in seeing a master practice her craft will enjoy watching Smith work." They go on to say, "Smith’s notion of learning is an adventurous one. Conversations about literature are like walks in the forest: the further one goes, the more one sees. Smith’s students are lucky to be in her classroom and not isolated at desks taking tests. This is how students really learn."

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