Madam How and Lady Why (Yesterday's Classics) year 4 readings

by Charles Kingsley Author

Broken up by AO readings for years 4-5. (From Amazon): Introduces children to geology through conversations about earthquakes, volcanoes, coral reefs, and so on. Encourages children to wonder about the distinctive features of the landscape about them and how they came to be that way. Suitable for ages 10 to 14.

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Suggested Grades
4th - 12th
Yesterday's Classics


  • 1 Ch 1 p. 1-4 The Glen from beginning to "as pleasant as putting sugar in your mouth."
  • 2 Ch 1 p. 5-8 The Glen from "My dear child, if I could once get clearly into your head this difference between" to "beware lest she has her own again out of you."
  • 3 Ch 1 p. 8-13 The Glen from "Some people think, again, that Madam How is not only" to "he has laid by in England here."
  • 4 Ch 1 p. 13-16 The Glen from "Water? But water is too simple a thing" to "hundreds and thousands of years hence."
  • 5 Ch 1 p. 16-20 The Glen from "But I must tell you I think there was a time" to 'if it proves good, hold it fast."
  • 6 Ch 1 p. 20-24 The Glen from "And how can I do that?" to "as in a parable, I have called Lady Why?"
  • 7 Ch 1 p. 24-27 The Glen from "The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His way" to end of chapter
  • 8 Ch 2 p.28-32 Earthquakes from beginning to "That is the wise and scientific plan."
  • 9 Ch 2 p.32-36 Earthquakes from "Now, whatever makes these earthquakes" to "and went to bed again."
  • 10 Ch 2 p. 36-38 Earthquakes from "Next morning I inquired whether any one" to "must be pulled down and rebuilt."
  • 11 Ch 2 p. 38-43 Earthquakes from "You saw those pictures of the ruins of Arica" to "down below has burst at last."
  • 12 Ch 2 p. 43-47 Earthquakes from "Then the strain is eased." to end of chapter
  • 13 Ch 3 p. 48- 50 Volcanos from beginning to "passed him with the Gorgon's Head."
  • 14 Ch 3 p. 50-53 Volcanos from "But you will see, too, that most of these red and black dots" to "or an old one re-opened."
  • 15 Ch 3 p. 53-58 Volcanos from "Now we can understand why earthquakes" to "luckless people lived 2000 years ago."
  • 16 Ch 3 p. 58-61 Volcanos from "And what had become of Vesuvius," to "for we can see very little more."
  • 17 Ch 3 p. 61-64 Volcanos from "AWhy is a volcano like a cone?" to "get a trowel and make your little experiment."
  • 18 Ch 3p. 64-68 Volcanos from "And now you ought to understand wha" to end of chapter
  • 19 Ch 4 p. 69-70 Transformation of Grain of Soil from beginning to "nor the spade the gardener."
  • 20 Ch 4 p. 70-73 Transformation of Grain of Soil from "There have always been, and always will be" to "but just scorch the bark."
  • 21 Ch 4 p. 73-76 Transformation of Grain of Soil from "But I can tell you a more curious story still." to "lava and ashes upon the surface of the earth."
  • 22 Ch 4 p. 76-79 Transformation of Grain of Soil from "For see--down below, under the roots of the mountains" to "she is often most just and kind."
  • 23 Ch 4 p. 79-82 Transformation of Grain of Soil from "Ah! my dear child, that I could go on talking" to "make use of the land where she had put them."
  • 24 Ch 4 p.82-85 Transformation of Grain of Soil from "And now think what a wonderful fairy tale" to end of chapter
  • 25 Ch 5 p.86-91 The Ice-Plough from beginning to "that land is to be fit to live in."
  • 26 Ch 5 p. 91-95 The Ice-Plough from "I said that if the snow piled high enough" to "I hope to have it photographed some day."
  • 27 Ch 5 p. 95-100 The Ice-Plough from "Now, how did ice do this?" to "the ground where Birk Hall now stands."
  • 28 Ch 5 p. 100-102 The Ice-Plough from "And more:" to end of chapter
  • 29 Ch 6 p.103-108 The True Fairy Tale from beginning to "And this is the first chapter of my fairy tale."
  • 30 Ch 6 p. 108-113 The True Fairy Tale from "Now while all this was going on" to "delight and duty to copy the beautiful works of God."
  • 31 Ch 6 p. 113-117 The True Fairy Tale from "Sometimes, again, especially in Denmark" to "who makes fiction, and who makes facts."
  • 32 Ch 6 p. 118-120 The True Fairy Tale from "Man makes fiction: he invents stories" to "this is the fairy land of God."
  • 33 Ch 7 p.121-125 The Chalk-Carts from beginning to "I must be off to market."
  • 34 Ch 7 p.125-129 The Chalk-Carts from "Was it all true that the farmer said?" to "Madam How’s work is than that of man."
  • 35 Ch 7 p. 129-135 The Chalk-Carts from "But if you asked the nymph why she worked" to "of how the pretty toys are made."
  • 36 Ch 7 p. 135-140 The Chalk-Carts from "Now if you can imagine for yourself" to end of chapter

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