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This schoolbook gives us ideas of what children did for fun - marbles, kites, hoops, and swings. Although they tend to be a bit too picture perfect, pictures in old school books can give us information about the daily life of children. This Reader has 2 whole sections on "Play"-"Plays for Girls" and "Plays for Boys." (See pictures on pages 79, 81 and 89 by clicking on the "Select a page" menu above.) Younger girls were allowed to play more roughly than teenaged schoolgirls. As they got older, they were supposed to do more "lady-like" activities. The picture of younger girls in this book shows them in more active play on the school grounds - running, swinging, and playing hoops and ring-toss. Note the one room schoolhouse in the background.


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"The National First Reader; or Word-Builder"

publisher   A. S. Barnes and Company
author   Richard Greene Parker (1798-1869)
date   1869
location   New York
height   6.75"
width   4.5"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Books/Textbook / Schoolbooks
accession #   #L00.047

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