|Title||The Child's guide to spelling and reading; or, An attempt to facilitate the progress of small children when first sent to school (p. 44) |
|Publisher Location||United States -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia |
|Publication Date||1810 |
|Notes||Chapbook with original paste printed wrappers.|
This is the fourth edition.
Written in preface: "Many of the Books put into the hands of Children, are so far beyond their capacities, as to be more likely to disgust them against learning, than, by rendering their lessons agreeable and attractive, to facilitate their progress... The object of the compiler of this small book has been to obviate this objection and to remove the difficulties that obstruct the early stages of a child's progress".
This book includes syllabaries, pictorial alphabets, vocabulary lists, and readings that become progressively more difficult for the student. There are two alphabets with accompanying text and illustrations. The first alphabet focuses on sounds made by animals, birds, reptiles and humans. The second alphabet has short verses and illustrations depicting different trades and occupations. Included at the end of the book are short verses that instruct children in moral behavior: "A good boy will be a good man" and " Live well so that you may die well".
"T was a Tinker, and mended a pot." "V was a Vinter [vintner], a very great sot."
|Contextual Notes||The first copyright law in the United States was passed in 1790. The cost of registering for copyrights discouraged many publishers of children's books, especially those that published chapbooks. Most famously, "Peter Rabbit" was not copyrighted in the United States which is why it immediately appeared in different forms with different illustrations. |
|Subjects (LCSH)||Spellers; Readers (Primary) |
Primers (Instructional books)
Trades and Occupations
Manners and social etiquette
|Digital Collection||Children's Historical Literature Collection |
|Digital ID Number||CHL1306 |
|Repository||University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division |
|Repository Collection||Children's Historical Literature Collection |
|Physical Description||72 p.: illustrated; 14 x 9 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 9.1 |