|Title||McGuffey's new first eclectic reader: For young learners (p. 67) |
|Author||McGuffey, William Holmes, 1800-1873 |
|Publisher||American Book Company|
|Publisher Location||United States--New York--New York|
|Publication Date||ca. 1885 |
|Image Production Process||Relief prints|
|Notes||Illustrated with uncolored relief prints.|
An illustrated reader with vocabulary lists and accompanying reading lessons that become progressively more difficult.
The reading lesson on this page tells the story of Frank Brown who was persuaded by a bad boy to go to the pond instead of going to school. When Frank fell in the pond, the bad boy could not rescue him and Frank drowned. The lesson ends with this warning: "Do not stop to play on your way to school. Do not play with bad boys. They will lead you into harm."
The illustration depicts a man holding a limp, wet boy in his arms while another boy stands nearby with downcast eyes.
|Contextual Notes||McGuffey was born and raised in the Ohio River valley, graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania and taught at Miami University (Oxford, OH) before accepting the presidency of several area colleges. He was better at teaching than administering and ultimately landed at the University of Virginia where he enjoyed success as a scholar and teacher. In 1836 McGuffey contracted with Truman and Smith to create a series of readers. These 19th century readers readers became some of the best known school books in the history of American education. As of 1961, it is estimated that over 122 million copies had been sold. According to publisher Smith, McGuffey's books were "adapted to the habits, energy, and ideals of the frontier people of the West." Their success relied on careful selection of material, vocabularies and concepts that were challenging and solid morality lessons. |
|Subjects (LCSH)||Readers and speakers -- 1800-1870 |
Primers (Instructional books)
|Digital Collection||Children's Historical Literature Collection |
|Digital ID Number||CHL1210 |
|Repository||University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division |
|Repository Collection||Children's Historical Literature Collection. 372.4 M17mn |
|Physical Description||84 p.: illustrated; 17.5 x 12 cm. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Photographed from original book in TIFF format using a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/EOS 400D, resized and enhanced using Adobe Photoshop, and imported as JPEG2000 using Contentdm's software JPEG2000 Extension. 2009. |
|Exhibit Checklist||Exhibit checklist 6.12 |