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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

 

22214 No Boats on Bannermere G.Trease, R. Kennedy, ill., 5th printing.

No Boats on Bannermere. G.Trease, R. Kennedy, ill, 5th. First in series.

A mystery set in the Lake District, with four older children from local day schools as heroes. Because it's Trease, this series is unusually well written, with developed characters and with the historical setting well researched. No Boats on Bannermere is the first of the series. The sequels are: Under Black Banner (1951), Black Banner Players (1952), Black Banner Abroad, (1954), and The Gates of Bannerdale (1956)

$200.00

 

22195 Willie P. Shelton's Books, homemade spines and stitches.

Willie P. Shelton's Books, A little boy's library 1870s.

A little child's library, much loved and all in absolutely terrible condition. Clearly Bad Boy Bob was Willie's favorite! And no wonder. Note the glasses Willie has added to all the boys in the center spread. Someone, perhaps Willie's sister, has attempted to repair the damage by covering all the book spines, and even a long tear, with strips of patterned material of the day, as well as taking large orange stitches in the tears. A charming glimpse into the world of children and books almost 150 years ago. Institutional discount.

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$65.00

 

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

 

Chez Tante Gertrude written and illustrated by Jean Manfredi, Falmmarion [1935].

Chez Tante Gertrude: une joyeuse journee....

Aunt Gertrude keeps a school: on the first page we see the moms bringing their little ones, next her little pupils sit in a circle and watch her intently. A great book. Note: This book has been SOLD.

$12.00

 

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

 

The Last Bus by William Mayne / Margery Gill, ill. Hamish Hamilton, 1962, 1st pr

The Last Bus.

One of an excellent series of books for young readers by famous authors. Please note: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD

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$32.00

 

Hilda and her Doll.

Hilda and her Doll.

Hilda played happily in her Greneda, West Indies home, unaware that she was soon to be sent thousands of miles away, to France, to school. Her father felt the experience of "finding her level" would be good for her character, but for a long time she was miserable at school. Her classmates teased her for the wonderful gift her nurse had given her, a beautiful handmade West Indian doll. The international flavour of this book keeps it from being a Sunday School tract.

$45.00

 

20098 The Peek-a-Boos At School by Byron, Chloe Preston ill.

The Peek-a-Boos At School.

Here Jane, Kenneth, and Algernon with assorted smuggled pets and goodies are sent away to Boarding School. Jane refuses to take 2 from 7.... "Why can't I leave it where it is?" and no one wants to weave silly mats. This McLoughlin publication is simpler, with American references, and 6, not 8, coloured illustrations with the register is a bit off on some. That said, May Byron and Chloe Preston make wonderfully funny team! Note: This book has been sold.

$42.00

 

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