Finger Plays For Nursery and Kindergarten, by Emilie Poulsson, Music by Cornelia C. Roeske, illustrated by L.J. Bridgman, published by Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, Boston, 1921, Later printing of the First Edition issued in 1893..
Hard boards, green cloth decorated in black; 7.7/8" x 9.1/2"; 80 pages, all pages except of sheet-music are illustrated (see scan); very little soiling, very good binding and condition. Contains 18 finger plays with rhymes and music. The last blank page has some additional finger play/songs that were handwritten many years ago.
The Little Men The Lambs The Hen and Chickens The little Plant The Pigs A Little Boy's Walk The Caterpillar All for Baby The Mice The Squirrel The Sparrows The Counting Lesson Mrs. Pussy's Dinner How the Corn Crew The Mill Making Bread Making Butter Santa Claus
"From the Preface.---
"What the child imitates," says Froebel, "he begins to understand. Let him represent the flying of the birds and he enters partially into the life of birds. Let him imitate rapid motion of fishes in the water and his sympathy with fishes is quickened. Let him produce the activities of farmer, miller and baker, and his eyes open to the meaning of their work. In one word let him reflect in his play the varied aspects of life and his thought will begin to grapple with their significance."
In all times and among all nations, finger-plays have been a delight of childhood. Countless babies have laughed and crowed over "Pat-a-cake" and other performances of the soft little hands; while children of whatever age never fail to find amusement of playing...
By their judicious and early use, the development of strength and flexibility in the tiny lax fingers may be assisted, and dormant thought may receive its first awakening call through the motions which interpret as well as illustrate the phase of life or activity present by the words...
With a little study of the charming and expressive pictures with which the artist, Mr. L.J. Bridgman has so sympathetically illustrated the rhymes, mothers and kindergartners have easily understood what motions were intended...
The music, composed by Miss Cornelia C. Roeske, will be found melodious and attractive and especially suited to the voices and abilities of the very young children for whom it is chiefly intended.
The harmonic arrangement is also purposely simple in consideration of the many mothers and kindergartners who cannot devote time to preparatory practice.--Emilie Poulsson, Boston, 1889"