education

22481 Drawing for Children 1875/1830's

Drawing for Children. Miller 1875/1830's.150 cuts.

Originally published in London in the late 1830's and fascinating for its view of children's learning (4 to 5 to 10 or 12). The object was to start from a young child's perception of the whole, to correct gently if at all, and to alternate this copying with drawing from life and from the imagination. " to teach him to think and act for himself, not to teach him to imitate another." The book contains an introduction on the principles of art education, notes to the teacher on the teaching of art, notes on every individual exercise, and 150 woodcuts to copy. Most are of common objects, dogs, and cows. The rather crude drawings were intentional; perspective, foreshortening, and shading were treated only briefly at the very end. (In the 1840s large drawing copies, for use by 40 or 50 children at a time, were also published). Do you know an art teacher sheltering at home? This is the book for them!

$135.00

 

22469 Frisk and his Flock, Mrs Sanford 1877/1876

Frisk and His Flock. Mrs. Sanford, 1877/1876.

This is a school story, and Frisk is a school dog who takes the children's safety and promptness seriously. It describes the daily life of one of those small town 19th c schools run by educated women by subscription, schools which are none the less open to those in need. The teacher guides the children's moral growth tactfully and their recitations are accompanied by thoughtful questioning and extensions, as they learn at their own pace. If they have been diligent, the last hour of the day is reserved for projects and reading aloud. After school, the children can run down to the river, or go on pleasant walks and wagon rides, before returning home for the chores needed to help their families. In short, an idyllic situation, with a gifted and beloved teacher.

Miss Agatha guides the children toward helping the white poor of the village in a dignified way, so it is a shock to see the unspoken racial prejudices and the gently patronizing customs toward people of colour held by liberal New England society intrude on this scene. Mrs. Sanford was the eldest of 10 children in an Episcopalian minister's family, and the wife of a minister, with 6 children herself, so she knows children's inner feelings well. A good writer, very popular in her day, whose books were often beautifully produced, like this one.

$55.00

 

22085 Un tout petit conchon Adrienne Segur. 1946

Un tout petit cochon s'en allait à l'école. Adrienne Ségur, Paris: 1946

A fantasy told to the author by her turtle, in which the little pig Cochonnet is so embarrassed when he's called on to recite that he wants disappear. He does, visits a magical land both kind and frightening, and becomes a good student when he returns. The story inspires some of Ségur's most whimsical illustrations full of beautiful colour and detail. An amusing view of a traditional French school.

$175.00

 

16259 The School in our Village by Goldman, ill Ardizzone.

The School in Our Village.

A charming narrative of the life of a school and the relationship of a gifted teacher (the author) to her children, set in an old one room primary school in the Cotswolds. The children in Ardizzone's illustrations show their individual characters and feeling of belonging in this fine school.

$50.00

 

Das Kind in Lied und Bild songs by Pestalozzi, Nitsch, ill. Wernthal [1905].

Das Kind in Lied und Bild.

A beautiful collection of the songs  by a descendant of the Swiss educator illustrated by a German artist. 

$125.00

 

Robert Francis Weatherbee. written/illus by Munro Leaf. Lippincott (1935).

Robert Francis Weatherbee.

The absurd story of RFW who refused to go to school, but, at last as grown-up, realized that his career options were limited so he Went To School and learned to read and write and count and had a good time. The end. Please note: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD

$32.00

 

20089 My Play is Study 1853 Krummacher

My Play is Study.

Gerard and his younger brother and sister William and Sophia spend the summer with their friend Amelia. In the first four stories, adapted for American children by a children's writer, they explore the natural world. It can be seen that their play is their study, quite a modern viewpoint at the time. (Amelia's independence and quick mind are delightful.) The title from an aphorism by the older children's poet, Hieronymus von Alphen, a contemporary of Pestalozzi. The second half of the book contains Krummacher's well known Parables, short sketches, fables, and sayings. Note: This book has been sold.

$55.00

 

19605 FiveBadChunkies by Preston, McLoughlin

Five Bad Chunkies.

The five children go off to spend the summer with their aunt. Although best known for her cute drawings, Chloe Preston tells riotous stories, not moralistic and not 1920's coy either. Very hard to find.

$95.00

 

The Girl on the Outside.

Based on the integration of Central High School at Little Rock in 1957 and on the brave actions of Elizabeth Eckford and Grace Lorch. Told alternately from each girl's point of view, the portraits show the range of opinion in each community.

$15.00

 

The Tamarack Tree.

In 1833, Bernadette, a live-in helper on a farm, has come to New England for good schooling. She befriends Miriam, a student at Prudence Crandall's school for black girls, but the community destroys the school. Sensitive, well written, based on fact.

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$10.00

 

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