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Little lessons for little learners
Title : Little lessons for little learners Little lessons for little learners
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Creator : Barwell, Mrs. (Louisa Mary), 1800-1885
Source : Little lessons for little learners: in words of one syllable. [2nd ed.?]
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Griffith and Farran successors to John Harris ...
Date of creation : [1847?]
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Donated by : Simpson Family
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The lessons contained in this book are designed to progress the learner-reader from words of three letters to words of six letters; the author has 'also endeavoured to render the language like that of childhood' (from Preface p. iv). Most lessons include an attractive illustration to intrigue the young reader. In Lesson V (5) 'The Toy Gun' the text reads:

'I had a gun: it was a toy gun: it did not go off, pop, pop, as men's guns do. A man's gun is of use, but my gun is a toy, and of no use. I am to buy a top one day; it is to be a top to hum, not a peg top. A peg top is not so big as a top to hum.' (p. 11)

This copy lacks the title page and some preliminary text; the volume had been given a wraparound cover to protect it and many of the pages are soiled from heavy use. The book is inscribed: 'This belongs to Alfred Muller Simpson by his mother 1847'. Alfred was born in 1843 and his family emigrated to South Australia in 1849.
Further reading :

The Adelaide primer. Part 2, Adelaide: [Education Dept. of South Australia], 1953

Muir, Percy H. English children's books, 1600 to 1900, London: Batsford, [1954]

Tindale, Jen. Teaching reading, Sydney: National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research, 2003

Whalley, Joyce Irene. Cobwebs to catch flies: illustrated books for the nursery and schoolroom, 1700-1900, London: Elek, 1974

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