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Re: Antique Books

Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:04 pm
by donnie
Kitty wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:23 pm
Many antique children's books are like this. They try to teach children to be kind and compassionate with parables of sort. Sometimes the stories are first person point of view, relating a story about how kind a child was to their pet cat for example. They also have info about animals or historical things of interest.
That reminds me of the McGuffey Readers; the reading lessons are like that. Have you ever looked at any McGuffey Readers? I have a reproduction boxed set of Readers 1-6 that my mother gave me many years ago. I haven't looked at those in years; I'll have to pull them out.
Kitty wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:23 pm
It is a little difficult to tell from today's point of view what age group it is geared towards, because their reading levels were more advanced; they used bigger words and peculiar language in those days. My guess would be between 8-12 year olds.
You're right, it is hard to tell. There is so much difference between the ordinary vocabulary of a person now and then.

Re: Antique Books

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:02 pm
by Kitty
I think I have seen McGuffey readers. I don't think I have any, but I have some primers. I'll look at them. I always think of making a log of the books I have, but I seem to end up putting it off for one reason or another.

Re: Antique Books

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:03 pm
by Kitty
The book I just read was really enthralling! It is a small book in seven chapters. I don't want to tell anything much about the book, because I am going to blog all the chapters soon, one a day for a week. I will tell you that it is about a boy and his sister. Their parents died and they live on their uncle's farm. It is a pretty religious book, as could be expected from a book from 1867. I almost couldn't put the thing down! :) Well, I guess I didn't! :lol:

Re: Antique Books

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:15 pm
by Kitty
I read my Children's Hour With Cinderella and Other Stories book from 1922 today. It is written in blue pen "Rebecca Gillette Courtland Virginia C.H.S. 1924". I'm glad I got this one. (of course!) but more so because I wasn't going to at first. This has Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Babes in the Wood (very sad story), The Sleeping Beauty, and---get this---Snowdrop and the Seven Dwarfs. I've never seen her called Snowdrop, as I can recall. This one was funny. I quote "Of course she married the prince, and she, her husband and the good little dwarfs lived happily ever after, but the cruel step-mother came to a bad end, and no one was even sorry for her." :lol: harsh! I supposed she did try to kill Snowdrop three times.
This book is really cute, and it even has some pretty color pictures. Despite the fact that there are five stories in this book, it is a small one, at approximately fifty pages (the pages aren't numbered), they blow through some of the stories. I just love it, though. SUCH a great book.

Re: Antique Books

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:24 pm
by Kitty
Mumpsy Goes To Kindergarten is all about a little yellow kitty who wants nothing more but to go to kindergarten with his human friend Janet. Will he make it? What a CUTE story!!! It's from 1947, and it seems that Elaine Ann, 1947 got this book brand spankin' new. It's in great condition, and the pages aren't torn or folded or colored in. I very much enjoyed this story.