Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 My Primer
 Back Cover

Title: My primer
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00035155/00001
 Material Information
Title: My primer
Physical Description: 48 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Arthur, T. S ( Timothy Shay ), 1809-1885 ( Editor )
Louderbach, James W ( Engraver )
J.B. Lippincott & Co ( Printer )
Dalziel Brothers ( Engraver )
Publisher: J.B. Lippincott & Co.
Place of Publication: Philadelphia
Publication Date: c1877
Subject: Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Animals -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Natural history -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Alphabet rhymes -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Primers (Instructional books) -- 1877   ( rbgenr )
Alphabet books -- 1877   ( rbgenr )
Readers -- 1877   ( rbgenr )
Children's stories -- 1877   ( lcsh )
Juvenile literature -- 1877   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' advertisements -- 1877   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1877
Genre: Primers (Instructional books)   ( rbgenr )
Alphabet books.   ( rbgenr )
Readers   ( rbgenr )
Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Juvenile literature   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' advertisements   ( rbgenr )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Uncle Herbert.
General Note: Uncle Herbert is a pseudonym of T.S. Arthur.
General Note: Includes advertisement for Worcester's Quarto Dictionary on back cover.
General Note: Some illustrations engraved by Lauderbach or Dalziel.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00035155
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 001596938
notis - AHM1068
oclc - 23260201

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Title Page
        Page 3
        Page 4
    My Primer
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    Back Cover
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Is for Albert, tired of play;

Is for Bertha, happy and gay.

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Is for Carrie, afraid of a spider;

Is for Dolly, with Dora to ride her.

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Is for Emma, grandpapa's pet;

Is for Fannie, who's getting wet.

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Is for Gerty, with lessons all done;

Is for Hattie, who has not begun.


Is for Ida, who's grandma's joy;

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Is for Johnny, poor f"ttherless boy.

Is for Katie, whose hands are cold;

Is for Lulu, just three years old.

Is for Morgan, awake withthe sun;

Is for Nathan, out for a run.

Is for Oliver, poor crippled lad;

Is for Polly, reading to Thad.

Is a queer looking boy in the snow;


Is for Rooster; hear him crow.
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Is for Sally, with sand in her shoe;

Is for Tillie, out in the dew.

Is for Una, saying a prayer;

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Is Victoria, pretty and fair.

Is for Willie, alone on the water;

I expect is a cross little daughter.

Is young Freddie, not in bed yet;

Is Zerlina, feeding her pet.


I see a cat: it is a fat cat. I
can see its tail and its paw: do
you see the cat? It can run.
Pat has a cat; as it sat on the
mat, a fat rat ran up; the cat ran
at the rat, so the rat ran in. The
cat has two ears, and one is up;
do not pet the cat, for it is a shy
cat, and will run.

", < ------ ,- THE HEN.

Tom had a pet hen. The hen
got to the top of the cot; the big
red fox ran up to the cot; he got
the pet hen; he ran on to the
den at the top of the bog. But
Tom got the gun of the man, so
he ran at the fox. He did not
run so far as the fox; but he got
so far as to hit him.

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I see a boy and a cow; do
you see a cow and a boy? Yes.
Is he a bad lad? No, he is not a
bad lad. He did as he was bid.
It is hot in the sun for the boy
and the cow. The boy has a
rod, but he will not hit the cow.
The lad can sit in the hay, for it
is dry. Can he eat hay? No,
he can not eat hay; it is for the


Do you see the girl?
Yes, how gay she is.
The sun is up, but it is not
hot; so she and the dog are out
for a run.
The dog is by her side. So
he is. See him run.
The girl has a book, has she
not? Yes, she has.
Do you see her arm? Yes.
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Do you see the dog and the
hen? The dog bit the hen, and
she was mad. My dog bit a fox
on the hip. One day the fox bit
the dog on the lip and ran off.
Tom and I had a gun, and we
set off to get the fox; but the
sun was so hot we did not go
far, but sat on the hay, and had

Sam is a sad boy, he can not
run, for the sun is too hot; he
has got his hat on. Is it a red
hat or not? We can not see.
Sam can hop, and run if it is not
too hot. The sun is up in the
sky. Ann is not sad, she is gay;
she fed the pig, and put the jam
in the jar, and now she can go
and play in the yard with the
dog and the cat.

SIsee a boy and
a girl on a bed.
""Do you see the
I see the arm
of the girl, and
the ear of the boy. If this boy
gets up he will go out in the

Do not hit the
--1 boy, bad man.
If you do, you
will go off in a
i van.
Do not go to
him, boy, he will hit you in the

few cow? No, I can not; for a

cow is one, and "a few" is two
or three. If I say "a few," or if
I say "two or three o I add s
cow, aow.d it is cows. I say one
cow is to have good hay. Ann

cow, two cows, a few cows. Can yo say
fe? No, 2 can not; for a
cow is one, and I"a few" is two
or three. If I say "a few," or if
I say "two or three," I add s to
cow, and it is cows. I say one
COwr, twO cowS, a few CowS.

Is the ox fat? Yes, the ox is
Do you see Pat? Pat has a
hat on.
Is it a fox you see? No, it is
not a fox.
Is the ox to be shot? No, an
ox is not to be shot. It is my
ox. My ox is not to be shot.
The fox is to be shot. I am not
to be shot. She is not to be
shot. She is to go in.

Ned is out in the snow. He
is off for a walk. Do you see
his nose, and his hair, and his
eyes? He has a cap on, and
he does not feel cold. Ned is
a good boy, and all love him.
Will you be good and kind to
all like Ned? I hope so. Good-
by, Ned, we must turn over
the page now.

Will you let me ride in your
cart, Mr. Hart?
Yes, you may get up on the
bags. I will lift you on. The
oxen will not hurt you. See, I
can take hold of this one's horn,
and he will not bite me.
So Tom had a fine ride to the
barn, with Mr. Hart.
The hens were in the barn,
and Tom gave them some corn.

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Lily was a nice girl. She
knew how to read and to sew.
Her papa saw her one day on
a high seat, with a big book on
her lap, and he said, "What
have you got, Lily? That book
is too big for you."
"Oh, no, papa, it is not; I can
hold it on my lap."
"Very well, my dear. Do not
put it too near the lamp."

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May can knit a sock.
Do you see the sock in her
It is for Ben.
He is good to May, and she is
kind to him.
How nice it is for a boy and
girl to be good and kind. Is it

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Once a poor little boy came to
a hut; and he was so worn out
with his long walk, that he went
in to rest. He did not know a
bear was in the hut. He did
not care, but lay down on the
hay and shut his eyes and went
to sleep. The bear saw him, but
did not hurt him.
Do you see the man with the
meat for the bear?

Bill has hurt his foot, and Joe
will try to make it well.
Bob rubs his nose on Bill, as
if to say, "Poor Bill, are you
See how the horse holds out
his foot. He knows that Joe is
a kind boy, and will help him.
Do you see the cap on Joe's

Jane gave her cat a dish of
mush, and the old hen came up
and took some of the mush; but
the cat saw her at the dish, and
did not like it. So he took the
hen by the neck, and told her
if she did not go away, he must
kill her, she was so bad.
I tell you, she ran away fast,
and she never went near the
cat's mush after that.

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Peep, Mary! You will hurt
your arm and pull your hair, if
you do not look out.
You have not got your hat
on, and the sun is so hot it will
make you sick, I fear.
Do not cry; you can get out
and will not be hurt, and then
you had better go home and get
your hat.

Poor little Nora has no one to
love her; she has to work hard
every day, and does not get much
to eat.
Is it not sad?
You must all be kind to the
poor, for they have a hard life,
and do not have the nice toys
and food that you have.
Will you try not to forget
this ?

Here is dog Tray with a pail.
He has been to the shop.
Is he not a good dog to go to
the shop for Ned? What is in
the pail? Meat is in the pail.
Take good care of the meat, old
Tray, and give it to Ned. Ned
milked the cow, and put the
milk in the pail. The man at
the shop took the milk out of
the pail, and put meat in it for
Tray to carry home.

See this poor horse in the rain!
But the tree will keep some of
the rain off the horse. The wind
blows his mane. Do you see
the sign post? The horse will
not go far from this post; it is
near his home. He is a nice
horse; his name is Bob, and he
can draw a cart on the farm.
Soon the rain will go, and it
will be dry.
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This is a donkey. "Good-day,
old donkey. Do you eat hay?"
"Yes, I eat hay when it is cold."
"Your pack is big, does it hurt
you? It was a bad man that
put that big pack on you, but
you are good, and will not bite
him, even if he hits you with a
rod on the back. Fred is kind
to you, I know."
This donkey has very long
ears. You can see both of them.

How do you do, old rooster?
Do you crow in the morn?
Yes, when the sun is up I
The rooster has a long tail.
Do you see his tail?
Is it not fine?
Jane and Ann wake and rise
from their beds, when he crows
in the morn, and when they see
him in the yard they feed him
with corn.

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Do you see the snow fall?
The boy that sits here is fond
of snow. Do you like snow?
How pure the snow is! Can
you eat the snow?
Yes, I can eat the snow, but
it will make me sick. I have a
new sled, and I can run and play
and have fine fun with it till the
sun melts the snow, and then all
the fun will be over.

Tom and Will each have a
dog. The dogs come to the door,
and bark till some one comes and
"lets them in. Then Tom and
Will give them nice meat to

dog, but there is more than one

what I mean? Are they not fine

Bess has read her new book.
It is a nice book. Ned gave it
to her one day last week.
Bess has a net on her hair,
and lace on her neck.
You can see by her face that
she is a good girl.
She leans her head on her
hand, and I guess she has read
so much that she is tired.

The snow has come, and the
snow-bird is on the limb of the
tree. It looks cold.

Fan is a nice horse. She can
draw May and Tom in the cart.
It is fine fin to ride in the

Fred was a bad boy. He hit
the dog, and the dog bit him and
tore his coat.
Do not cry, Fred.
Kate will mend your coat, but
you must take care not to hit
the dog any more, for he might
bite you and hurt you very much.

This is an odd bird.
Do you see what a long bill
the bird has?
And it has a long tail, too.
You must ask papa the name
of this odd bird.
The bird is on the limb of a
tree over the water.
Do not fall in, bird.
"No, I can fly away. I will
not fall in."
Do you see the bird's wing?

Do you see
S Ann, and her
s She can read
S: the paper.
Ann is a good
Can you see her arm?
Yes, I can see her arm.

This is Mary.
She can press.
Can you?
No, but I can
I do not like
to sew, but I like
to run and play in the dry hay.
It is fun.

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Do you see Jane? Has she a
rat in her arms? No, she has
not a rat. Can you tell what
she has?
Jane is a good girl, and does
not cry when she is put to bed.
That is the cook on the stair.
The cook is good to Jane. She
makes nice cakes for her when
she bakes, for she loves good

Is Ida sick? No, Ida is not
sick. She is sad. Tell her to
go out and play with Tom, and
fish in the pond. She must put
on her hat, for the sun is hot.
Do not get in the mud, Ida,
or you will have to get in a
tub and rub and wash.
See, she has let her book fall
on the floor.

Bye, baby bye,
Shut your eye,
For the moon is in the sky.

Now, my baby,
Ope your eye,
For the sun is in the sky.

Little baby,
Do not keep
Any longer fast asleep.


Little Ann, be careful, or you
will burn your lips, for the tea
is very hot.
She will blow, blow the tea,
and it will get cool, and then
she will eat her bun and sup her
tea, like a good girl.
You can see how hot the tea

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"Will you sell me a pear,
Polly ? I want a nice one."
"Yes, I will sell you one for a
cent. Do you like pears?"
"Yes, I am fond of them when
they are not hard. You may
give me one to take to Nell. If
she is home, I know she will
like it."
"Very well, Ann. This is a nice
red one. Give it to Nell, and tell
her to come and see me."

Ella and May are the girls
you see on this page. Ella is
older than May, and can read,
but May cannot.
But Ella is kind, and will read
to May a long time, if May will
do as she is bid, and sit still on
her lap.
And Ella will show May how
to read herself.









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