Forgotten Books of the American Nursery: A History of the Development of the American Story-book

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C.E. Goodspeed & Company, 1911 - Children - 244 pages
A history of books for children from colonial times to the 1850's.

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Page 175 - do you know who killed that beautiful little cherry tree yonder in the garden?' This was a tough question, and George staggered under it for a moment, but quickly recovered himself: and looking at his father, with the sweet face of youth brightened with the inexpressible charm of all-conquering truth, he bravely cried out, 'I can't tell a lie, Pa; you know I can't tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet.
Page 40 - You will wonder, perhaps, that I put learning last, especially if I tell you I think it the least part. This may seem strange in the mouth of a bookish man; and this making usually the chief, if not only bustle and stir about children, this being almost that alone which is thought on, when people talk of education, makes it the greater paradox.
Page 44 - A LITTLE PRETTY POCKET-BOOK intended for the Instruction and Amusement of Little Master Tommy, and Pretty Miss Polly.
Page 129 - I rose up suddenly from the sofa, and rubbing my head, ' What book shall I buy for her ? ' said I to myself. ' She reads so much and so rapidly that it is not easy to find proper and amusing French books for her ; and yet I am so flattered with her progress in that language that I am resolved she shall, at all events, be gratified. Indeed I owe it to her.
Page 44 - POCKET-BOOK, intended for the instruction and amusement of little Master Tommy, and pretty Miss Polly. With two letters from Jack the giant-killer; as also a ball and pincushion; the use of which will infallibly make Tommy a good boy, and Polly a good girl.
Page 144 - Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
Page 20 - Have mixed all these Ingredients well, put them into the empty Scull of some young Harvard; (but in Case you have ne'er a One at Hand, you may use your own,) there let them ferment for the Space of a Fortnight, and by that Time they will be incorporated into a Body, which take out, and having prepared a sufficient Quantity of double...
Page 20 - Expressions, &c. if they are to be had; mix all these together, and be sure you strain them well. Then season all with a Handful or two of Melancholly Expressions, such as, Dreadful, Deadly, cruel cold Death, unhappy Fate, weeping Eyes, &c.
Page 33 - Vikings as they lay in their shields on deck ; and by the Arabs, couched under the stars on the Syrian plains when the flocks were gathered in, and the mares were picketed by the tents.
Page 27 - ... son. I can read three or four pages sometimes without missing a word. Ma says I may go to see you and stay all day with you next week if it be not rainy. She says I may ride my pony Hero if Uncle Ben will go with me and lead Hero. I have a little piece of poetry about the picture book you gave me, but I mustnt tell you who wrote the poetry...

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