Bolenius First Grade Manual is subtitled A Help-Book for Teachers and is devoted to reading and vocabulary skills. It is intended for first grade students and contains detailed lesson plans, including supplementary reading and suggested materials for activities. The appendix contains nursery rhymes, poems and abridged stories for teachers' reference. The cover contains an illustration of a young boy and girl reading a shared book while standing under two trees. The book is inscribed with names of probable previous owners: Vance Maude, Charlette, Susie, Clay, Ira, Joyce, Homer ...as well as a stamp "Property of City Public Schools." It is 460 pages in length.
Emma Miller Bolenius (1876-1968) was a prolific author of children’s textbooks, including The Boys’ and Girls’ Readers, The Teaching of Oral English, and Everyday English Composition.
Artist Katherine G. Healey illustrated several children’s books for Houghton Mifflin in the early 20th Century. She signed her delightful drawings of children at play as KGH.
Henry Oscar Houghton (1823-1895), a printer and one-time mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Houghton partnered with George Mifflin in 1880 to found Houghton, Mifflin and Company. The company established an Educational Department, and became one of the largest publishers of educational materials, including textbooks and standardized tests and testing materials for well over a century. Houghton Mifflin furthered its dominance of the textbook market by purchasing the educational publishing operations of Rand McNally & Company in 1980 and acquiring D.C. Health and Company in 1995. Houghton Mifflin also purchased Harcourt Education in 2007. HMH filed for bankruptcy in 2014 and has emerged as a stable publishing house once more under new management.
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