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Games on the green
Title : Games on the green Games on the green
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Creator : Pelham, M., 1755-1836
Source : The village school, or, A collection of entertaining histories for the instruction & amusement of all good children
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Printed for John Harris St. Paul's Churchyard & Baldwin & Craddock Paternoster Row
Date of creation : 1828
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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These two illustrations show children playing at a number of activities. In the upper image boys are playing cricket and fly their kites, while a group of girls play blindman's buff and other games. The lower image illustrates the story of the following pages about a boy who chooses to help a sheep injured by a large dog, and by doing so misses school and the chance to earn a book for his reading skills. Later, however, he is given one for his kindness to the injured animal.

The children in the book are rewarded for their diligence in learning and their politeness to each other and to their elders. While moralistic the book remained popular: it was first published in 1783, re-issued in 1828 and again in 1831. Noted children's author Charlotte Yonge, writing in 1869, refers to this and companion books in the series with affection, both for the stories and the quality of the illustration. (Quoted in Moon pp.100-1)

Further reading :

Darton, F. J. Harvey Children's books in England: five centuries of social life Cambridge [Cambridgeshire]; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1982 pp. 161-3

Moon, Marjorie John Harris's books for youth, 1801-1843: being a check-list of books for children and young people published for their amusement and instruction by John Harris and his son, successors to Elizabeth Newbery, including a list of games and teaching toys Cambridge, Eng.: M. Moon ; sold by A. Spilman, c1976

Opie, Iona. Children's games with things: marbles, fivestones, throwing and catching, gambling, hopscotch, chucking and pitching, ball-bouncing, skipping, tops and tipcat, Oxford [England]; New York: Oxford University Press, 1997

Strutt, Joseph. The sports and pastimes of the people of England: including the rural and domestic recreations, May games, mummeries, shows, processions, pageants, and pompous spectacles from the earliest period to the present time, London: s.n., 1867

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