Prose That Every Child Should Know
Burt, Mary E
. Doubleday Page & Company, . Garden City
PR1285.B85 1908 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This strange book with wounded spine has many texts every child should know; I count about 218. It has several unusual features. The biggest of them is its early use of photography: on the cover, end papers, and frontispiece. Another is the astounding introduction given to the one Aesopic fable presented, GGE (14). The introduction praises the goose for giving a whole, not a half. It then moves to the question of whether a girl should let on when a boy pushes her off the sidewalk! That's the reason, Honey, why women don't vote. What?! The tale is then told in standard fashion. TMCM (26) is ascribed to Horace and is his version with the addition of a mouse hole. What crazy things one finds!