Born in 1800, William Holmes McGuffey had a remarkable ability to memorize, and commit to memory entire books of the Bible. In many one-teacher schools, students' ages varied and there were few textbooks, if any. In 1835, McGuffey was asked by a publishing company to create a series of graded Readers consisting of stories, poems, essays, and speeches. This audiobook is based upon the revised version of the McGuffey reader. Emphasizing the importance of phonics and vocabulary for beginning readers, this audiobook of the fifth reader features stories, poems, essays and speeches that will develop advanced vocabulary and thinking skills. McGuffeys Fifth Reader is appropriate for approximately 9th grade and up. Unabridged audio CD; approximately 9 hours; 8 CDs; read by Robin Field.