Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 Our little book
 Our little book for little...
 Number song
 Flower song
 Fruit song
 The king's pie
 Twenty froggies
 Three little kittens
 The wasp and the bee
 The mouse and the kittens
 The poem retold
 Action song
 Teacher's notes
 Back Cover

Title: Our little book for little folks
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00085539/00001
 Material Information
Title: Our little book for little folks
Physical Description: 106 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 19 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Crosby, William Edward ( Editor )
American Book Company ( Publisher )
Publisher: American Book Company
Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: c1896
Subject: Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
Children's stories -- 1896   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry -- 1896   ( lcsh )
Readers -- 1896   ( rbgenr )
Textbooks -- 1896   ( rbgenr )
Rebuses -- 1896   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1896
Genre: Children's stories
Children's poetry
Readers   ( rbgenr )
Textbooks   ( rbgenr )
Rebuses   ( rbgenr )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- New York -- New York
United States -- Ohio -- Cincinnati
United States -- Illinois -- Chicago
Statement of Responsibility: arranged by W.E. Crosby.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00085539
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002235238
notis - ALH5681
oclc - 13706264

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Front Matter
        Page 1
    Title Page
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
    Our little book
        Page 5
    Our little book for little folks
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
    Number song
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
        Page 36
        Page 37
        Page 38
    Flower song
        Page 39
        Page 40
        Page 41
        Page 42
        Page 43
        Page 44
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
        Page 49
        Page 50
    Fruit song
        Page 51
        Page 52
        Page 53
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
        Page 58
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
        Page 62
        Page 63
        Page 64
        Page 65
        Page 66
        Page 67
        Page 68
        Page 69
        Page 70
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 73
        Page 74
        Page 75
        Page 76
        Page 77
        Page 78
        Page 79
        Page 80
        Page 81
        Page 82
    The king's pie
        Page 83
        Page 84
        Page 85
        Page 86
        Page 87
    Twenty froggies
        Page 88
        Page 89
    Three little kittens
        Page 90
        Page 91
    The wasp and the bee
        Page 92
        Page 93
        Page 94
        Page 95
        Page 96
    The mouse and the kittens
        Page 97
    The poem retold
        Page 98
        Page 99
    Action song
        Page 100
        Page 101
        Page 102
    Teacher's notes
        Page 103
        Page 104
        Page 105
        Page 106
    Back Cover
        Back Cover 1
        Back Cover 2
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school work suitable to accompany the oral teach-
ing, even in kindergartens. In this book, a few com-
mon words, selected from the speaking vocabulary
of very young children, are used again and again, in
simple, natural sentences, so constructed as to culti-
vate the brain, the ear, the eye, and the tongue, in
number, color, shape, size and expression.
Mere repetition of words makes a book lifeless, but
when these words are combined in sentences that
arouse varied thoughts, and call forth different forms
of expression, they become educative in every sense.
In this book, the child is made a part of the lesson,
and thus becomes familiar, not only with words and
sentences, but with the common things around him,
which they represent, and his various faculties are
guided, cultivated, and thus educated, from the very
first lesson, in the three steps of observation, simple
thought, and expression.
The lessons are made easy and attractive by the
beautiful pictures, many of which, in mere outline,
can be copied by the children, by the large, plain
script, and by a simple series of drawing lessons,
beginning with straight lines and ending in common
forms. The last part of the book contains pleasant
stories and poems, to be read and re-read, by the
teacher to the children, who will, in time, follow the
reading in their books, and, later, will be able to read
for themselves, the same lessons.
The Teacher's Notes give an outline of work, to be
filled in or enlarged, for the various classes.
If the "Little Folks" are led along the first steps of
learning pleasantly, and the teachers are aided in
their arduous duties, by this book, its aim is well
Copyright, 1896, by American Book Company.
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Roses have stems and leaves
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Do you like white roses?
Yes, white roses are pretty,
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Do all apples have seeds?
Some apples are green.
Some apples are yellow.
Some apples are red.
All apples have seeds.
A cherry has a seed.
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An apple tree grows from an
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green leaves.
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red rose.
I have a yellow lily and a
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Do oranges grow on trees?
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Some oranges have no seeds.
Are orange seeds round?

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The boy has four oranges.
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girl an orange.
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Can you see a pear?
It is a green pear.
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A pear leaf has a stem.
A pear has seeds in it.
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Pears grow on pear trees.
Find a pear leaf, a pear and
a pear blossom.
Do all pears have seeds?
Yes, all pears have seeds.

Find me four pear seeds.

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A peach is yellow
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A peach has one seed.
Peach trees grow from seeds.
A peach blossom is pink
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It is a pretty blossom.
Can you find a yellow peach?
Do you see a peach blossom ?
Is a peach leaf like an orange
Is a peach seed round?
Is it like a cherry seed?

Do you like peaches?
Yes, I like peaches, pears,
apples, oranges and grapes.
They are all good to eat.
Can you eat the seeds of
cherries ?
No, I can not eat the seeds
of cherries and peaches.
I do not eat the seeds of
apples and pears.
Are any seeds good to eat?
Do all peaches have seeds ?
Can you find a peach leaf?
Is the leaf a green leaf?

Have you an orange ?
No, I have no orange.
I have a yellow apple.
Is it like an orange ?
It is yellow like an orange.
Its skin is not like the skin
of an orange.
Its seeds are not like the
seeds of an orange.
Are the orange seeds brown?
No, the orange seeds are not
The apple seeds are brown.
Are the peas brown ?

This is a maple leaf.
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Are maple leaves brown ?
Some maple leaves are green.
Some maple leaves are red.
Some maple leaves are brown.
Can you bring me a red
maple leaf?
Can you find a red and
brown maple leaf?
I can find some green maple
They grow on maple trees.

The boy's name is John.
The girl's name is Mary.
John has two dogs.
Mary has two cats.
The cats are little cats.
The dogs are big dogs.
One of the cats is yellow.
One of the dogs is white, and
one dog is black.
One cat is yellow and white.
Have you a dog or a cat?
Do you like black dogs?
Yes, I like all good dogs, and
all good cats.

A dog has four feet.
A cat has four feet.
A boy has two feet.
Have you two feet?
See this foot!
Is it a dog's foot?
No, it is a cat's foot.
A dog's foot is not like a cat's
foot. ,,
I can see the cat's foot.
Can you find a dog's foot?
Two feet and two feet
are four feet.
A cat can run and .

This is the head
of John's dog.
The dog has two
eyes and two ears.
Have you two ears ?
I have two eyes and two ears.
The dog has two large ears.
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The cat has two
eyes and two ears.
The cat's ears are not big
like the dog's ears.
Are cat's eyes like dog's eyes ?

A dog can run and play.
See the dog run!
The cat can run and play
with the ball.
Run, cat, run and play.
John can run and play with
the dog.
Mary can run and play with
the cat.
See, see! the cat has the ball.
She can roll the ball with
her feet.
I can see the cat roll the ball
with her feet.

A little brown bird
Has a nest in a tree.
I can see the brown bird.
Can the brown bird see me ?

The brown bird sees the cat.
But the cat can not see
The little brown bird
And the nest in the tree.

The little brown nest
Of the bird in the tree
Is under the leaves,

And the cat can not see.

The cat is under the tree.
The tree is an apple tree.
A little brown bird has a
pretty nest in the tree.
The pretty brown nest is
under the leaves.
I can see it, and I can see
the bird.
But the cat can not see the
bird and the nest.
She likes to eat birds.
Cali the little bird see me ?
The brown bird is in the

What do you like to eat?
What do cats like to eat ?
What can dogs eat?
Can you find what birds like
to eat ?
The bird can fly to her nest
in the tree.
A cat can not fly, but she
can run.
Can you fly like a bird?
No, I can not fly like a bird,
but I can run. like a cat.
The birds like to fly.
Boys like to run and play.

A bird has two wings and
two feet.
A bird can fly with her two
See the bird's foot.
It is not like a dog's foot.
This foot has four toes.
Are there four toes on a
dog's foot ?
Are there four toes on a
boy's foot?
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A dog has feet and toes.
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I have some little sticks.
See, I can make a
square with the sticks.
The square is made of four
A square has four sides.
Now I will make a chair.
I can make the chair
of red sticks.
The chair is a red chair.
You can make a house
with your sticks.
Is your house a red house ?
Can you make a yellow house?

See what I can make
with my sticks.
This is a nice ship.
Can you make one like it
with your sticks? ,
See! See! I have made a red
ship with my sticks.
Now I will make a chair.
And I will make a house.
See me make a square.
Can you draw the square
with a circle round it?
Yes, I can do that.
I like to play with sticks.

Here are -.
How many
circles can you see ?
I can see nine circles.
~Are circles round?
Yes, circles are
around and flat.
Is a leaf a circle?
No, a leaf is not round.
Is an apple a
circle ?
No, an apple is ,
not flat.
Can you make a circle ?

How many eyes have you ?
What are your eyes made for?
Eyes are made to see with.
How many hands have you ?
What are hands made for?
What is your mouth made for?
What are your feet made for ?
What do you have on your
two feet ?
Do horses have shoes?
Do dogs have shoes on their
four feet ?
Are horses' shoes like your
shoes ?

Can you make a circle?
Can you find a circle on
page 71?
How many circles do you
see ?
Are all circles round?
Are all circles flat?
Make three round circles.
Are all circles white ?
No, some circles are black,
some are blue, some are red,
and some are green.
Find circles on page 101.
Are they all round?

Bring me a cube.
How many faces can you see
on this cube ?
A cube has six faces.
Touch the six faces of this
What is in this cube ?
Is a cube solid?
Are all cubes solid ?
Are all the faces of the cube
squares ?
Count the square faces.
Are there six square faces ?
Do all cubes have six faces ?

What keeps birds warm ?
What keeps you warm?
What keeps dogs warm ?
Do cats have clothes?
Do you have clothes ?
Who made your clothes ?
How are your clothes made ?
Are your clothes red ?
Who makes your shoes ?
What are your shoes made of?
Who makes birds' clothes ?
Who makes dogs' clothes ?
What are your clothes made

I have two legs.
My legs are made to walk
A dog has four legs.
A has six legs.
A fly has wings.
A spider has wings.
A has
eight legs.
What do
flies eat ?
A has
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What do spiders eat ?

The cube is solid.
It has six faces.
Each face is a square.
The cube has six square
Here is a box. It has six
faces. Each face is a square.
The box is the
shape of a cube.
The box is not a
It is not a cube.
Can you find a solid cube ?
How many faces has it ?

What are on the
ends of your fingers ? ,
Why are nails on
the ends of your fingers ?
Are there nails on a
cat's foot?
Are there nails on a
hen's foot ?
Why do hens have
nails on their feet ?
S have nails on
their hands and feet.
I have ten nails on my hands.
I have ten nails on my feet.

Here is a solid.
Do you know
what it is ?


The two

me a solid- like this

ends of this


are circles.
This solid is a cylinder.


have you

seen like

this solid?
Is a can a solid ?
A can is not solid, but it has
the shape of a cylinder.
Did you ever see a cylinder ?

What live in the water ?
The fish
live in the
Can fish live on the land ?
No, fish can not live out of
the water.
Can you live in the water ?
No, I can not live in water.
A fish can swim in the water,
but he can not walk on land.
I can walk on the land and
swim in the water.
Can a bird swim ?

The table is made of wood.
Wood is part of a tree.
Can you tell me what things
are made of wood ?
Chairs are made of wood.
Some houses are made of wood.
The sticks that we play with
are made of wood.
Is your bat made of wood ?
Yes, it is made of wood.
It is like a cylinder and is
solid and hard.
Are all bats made of wood ?
Are all bats round ?

One day King Christopher found
fault with everything he had on
the table to eat.
And he told his cook that she
must make him a good pie for
dinner the next day. "I want,"
said he, "a new kind of pie that no
one ever had before."
So the cook thought over all the


ways she knew of making pie, but,
alas! these pies had all been made
Now it happened that a lot of
blackbirds lived near the King's
palace. They liked the cook because
she fed them.
So they all got together to see
what could be done to help the
poor cook. At last they thought
of a plan and flew to the kitchen
There sat the cook crying as hard
as she could because she found no
new kind of pie to be made for the
"Mrs. Cook," cried the blackbirds,
all together, "we can tell you of the
nicest pie you ever heard of."

Much you know about pies!" said
the cook. "Besides, I don't want to
know the nicest pie I ever heard of.
I want to know the nicest pie I
never heard of."
"Well, that is what we can tell
you," said the birds.
Then they chattered away at the
cook until they had told her all
about the wonderful pie.
The next day the King sat down
to dine. He sent for the cook.
"Where is that pie I told you
to make ?" said he.
"Here it is," said the cook, and the
servants came bringing a large pie
on a dish.
It was put on the table before the
King. "It doesn't look very nice,"

said he, "but we will soon find what
it is made of." So he lifted the crust
of the pie and four and twenty
blackbirds raised their heads out of
the pie and began to sing, as black-
birds do when
baked in a pie. -'1 .
The Kingi --
laughed, Iandl -,1 I
the Queen 1 "',
laugh ed
too, as --


the birds went flying round the
room, and the K ing said he thought
this was a new kind of pie. And

this was the pie that the blackbirds
told the cook to make.
Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocketful of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened
The birds began to sing.
"Oh, isn't this a dainty dish
To set before a King!"


We u -- i the Y

"Fir stdy en we Iply a-I
-at is ho-- teh, T.. l-.

Down lbeside a little 1IoL
Twnt y little coats of green,
Tlv *uty v.. .s all wbit 'and cln-- ..

"u r.t wec- study, tben vwe, ,lyl

Wl]en ~ve fr gie" go to selioo]l7

Aster Brnlfro, grave -and stern,
Called th" h in their turn

Taught them, one, two, three, four,
How to leap and how to dive;
From his seat upon the log,
Showed them how to say "IKer-
Also how to dodge a blow
From the sticks that bad boys

Twenty froggies grew up fast.
Bullfrogs they became at last.
Not one dunce in all the lot.
Not one lesson they forgot:
Polished in a high degree,
As each froggie ought to be.
Now they sit on other logs,
Teaching other little frogs.

Three little kittens lost their
And they began to cry,
"0 mother dear, we very much fear
That we have lost our mittens."
"Lost your mittens! You naughty
Then you shall have no pie."

Three little kittens found their
And they began to cry,

"0 mother dear, see here, see here!
See we have found our mittens !"
"Put on your mittens, you silly
And you may have some pie."

The three little kittens put on their
And soon ate up the pie.
" 0 mother dear, we greatly fear
That we have soiled our mittens!"
"Soiled your mittens, you naughty
Then they began to sigh.

The three little kittens washed their
And hung them up to dry.
" 0 mother dear, do you not hear

That we have washed our mittens?"


your mittens,

0 you

good kittens!
But I smell a rat close by."

Re ee.

One day a wasp flew
window, and buzzed

into an open
around the

In a minute, every one in the room
was running after him with brooms
and sticks, trying to kill him.

At last he got away, and flew
home to his family.
As he told them of his trouble,
Mrs. Wasp said: "Why is it that
nobody likes us, while our cousin,
the bee, is loved and taken care of ?
People make a house for the bees to
live in, and feed them if they can
not find enough to eat."
"Well," said Mr. Wasp, "I will ask
cousin bee the next time I see her."
In a day or two the wasp met the
bee, who was getting honey from
some flowers.
"Cousin Bee," said the wasp, "my
wife and I want to know why people
like your family so much better
than they do ours? My back is as
yellow and as bright as gold, and my

shape is much better than yours."
"Well," said the bee, "what you
say is all very true. I am homely
and plain, but I am busy all day
long making honey, and people
know that I do good and do no
mi chief.
"'Towv yo have a pretty coat and
beautiful wings, but yon have a
sharp sting, and you will it, too.
This makes people angry with you.
If you are ever so 1 c autiful, yonuwill
ntv\-er b1e loved, if you are cross and

A wasp met a bee that was buzzing
1n1wr by,
Ai id said, "Little cousin, e:'n you
tell me why

You are loved so much better by
people than I?

"My back shines as bright and as
yellow as gold,
And my shape is most elegant, too,
to behold,
Yet nobody likes me for that, I am

"Aih, cousin," the bee said, "'tis all
very true,
But if I had half as much mischief
to do,
Indeed, they would love me no bet-
ter than you.

"You have a fine shape and a deli-
cate wing;

They own you are handsome; but
then, there's one thing
They cannot put up with, and that
is, your sting.
"Mycoat is quite homely and plain,
as you see,
Yet nobody ever is angry with me,
Because I'm a humble and inno-
cent bee."
From this little story let people be-
Because, like the wasp, if ill-natured
they are,
They will never be loved, if they're
ever so fair.

,,4k 'It .

Two little kittens,
One stormy night,
Began to quarrel,
And then to fight.
One had a mouse,
And the other had none;
And that's the way
The quarrel begun.

"I'll have that mouse,"
Said the bigger cat.
"You'll have that mouse ?
We'll see about that !"
While they scratched and bit,
As only cats can,
They forgot the mouse,
And away it ran.

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