First Weeks at School by Jennie H. Stickney and Susie C. Peabody

First Weeks at School by Jennie H. Stickney and Susie C. Peabody

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First Weeks at School is a richly illustrated primer with both color and black white illustrations. It contains basic lessons in vocabulary, reading, writing, numbers, and arithmetic. As a teacher’s edition, it also contains suggested topics for teachers to explore issues further. The front cover illustration is of a young girl carrying a wicker basket and hat, while walking in the woods and discovering a rabbit. The back cover is illustrated with an older girl carrying a basket and flowers, walking in a field near a home.
Co-author Jennie H. Stickney graduated from the Oswego Normal and Training School of New York in 1863. She subsequently worked as a teacher. She was an author of children’s readers and teacher’s guides on a variety of topics, including language, insects, birds, and pets. Stickney edited children’s versions of Aesop’s Fables and Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales. Her books were published in multiple editions in the late 19th and early 20th Century. She collaborated with author Susie Caroline Peabody (1855-1945), an 1875 Boston Normal School graduate, and teacher from Waltham, Massachusetts in creating First Weeks at School.
Edwin Ginn founded the publishing company Ginn Brothers in the City of Boston in 1867. The firm was reorganized under the name Ginn & Company in 1885 and became particularly known for its school texts. In 1895, the company built a new publishing factory, the Athenaeum Press, in Cambridge. Printer/typesetter J. S. Cushing and Co. was founded in Boston in 1878. This company became the largest typesetter of textbooks in the United States by the end of the 19th Century.
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Ginn and Company
Peabody, S. C.
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Physical Description
red; grey (outside color)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 17.6 cm x 13 cm x.6 cm; 6 15/16 in x 5 1/8 in x 1/4 in
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Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
social studies
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National Museum of American History
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