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Little Poems for Little Children, Second Series, No. 12

New York: Kiggins & Kellogg, [1856]. A chap book for young children, filled with poetry of a moralistic nature, often encouraging good behavior. This book is a part of the Redfield's Toy Books series, which consisted of four series of twelve books each. Twelfth book, second series. Reprints of books first published in 1850 by J. S. Redfield, another New York Publisher. The chap book features eight poems entitled: 'The Lord's Prayer', 'My Mother', 'My Father', 'The Good Natured Girls', 'Going to Bed at Night', Rising in the Morning', 'The Doll', and 'The Tempest'. A comparison of the two poems, 'My Mother' and 'My Father', makes a great commentary on gender roles for parents at the time. Features six (6) black and white engravings, three in-text,three full page. The front cover has a decorative line border, and features a small engravingof a lyre surrounded by a climbing vine. The back cover features promotes other Kiggin & Kellogg materials. 16 pg., Brown printed wrappers. Thread binding.Measures 3 1/2" x 2 1/4".

An excerpt from the first two stanzas of the poems entitled 'My Mother' and 'My Father':

"Who fed me from her gentle breast,
And hushed me in her arms to rest,
An on my cheek sweet kisses prest [sic]?
My mother.
When sleep forsook my open eye,
Who was it sang sweet hushaby [sic],
And rocked me that I should not cry?
My Mother."

"Who took me from my mother's arms
And smiling at her soft alarms,
Showed me the world and nature's charms?
My father.
Who made me feel and understand
The wonders of the sea and land,
And mark, in all, the Maker's hand?
My father." General wear. Font cover partially separated.

Price: $36.00

Item #20128512