The apparent expectations for beginning reading proficiency in 1914 must have been far advanced of what today's expectations are. Of course, the poor children of 1914 had no computers to help them.
The 146 pages within this little school book tell of fables and fairy tales, of seasons and holidays, of work and play. There are sessions on acting and sessions on expression. The little children pictured throughout this book are depicted as healthy, happy, and in all cases active. They gaze at the beautiful sky with billowing clouds, not a screen saver of a sky. They sit for all eternity fishing with their friends instead of watching tv or tweeting. Was it a better time? Perhaps not. But it was a different time; and judging by this book, it was a time when the expectations were for a solid and basic education if a more simple one by today's standards.
This Primer exhibits normal schoolboy or schoolgirl wear. There is some fading, some fraying, some dog ears; but if we were to look this good at 100 plus, we would think that we would be worth more than the price of this book. It measures 7 3/4" by 6 1/8".
1914 TheHolton-Curry Reader--First Reader