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A Little pretty pocket-book. : a facsimile with an introductory essay and bibliography

Author: M F Thwaite; John Newbery
Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace & World [1967]
Series: Milestones in children's literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : English : [1st American edition]View all editions and formats
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A Little Pretty Pocket-Book is generally considered the first children's book, and consists of simple rhymes for each of the letters of the alphabet. To market the book to the children of the day, the book came with either a ball or a pincushion, depending on which gender the child is. The book was very popular in England, and earned Newbery much fame; eventually the Newbery Medal was named after him. The book was  Read more...
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Little pretty pocket-book.
New York, Harcourt, Brace & World [1967]
(OCoLC)575741737
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M F Thwaite; John Newbery
OCLC Number: 296996
Notes: At head of title: John Newbery.
Original subtitle (reproduced on page 33: "intended for the instruction and amusement of little Master Tommy, and pretty Miss Polly. With two letters from Jack and Giant-Killer, as also a ball and pincushion, the use of which will infallibly make Tommy a good boy, and Polly a good girl. To which is added, a little song-book, being a new attempt to teach children the use of the English alphabet, by way of diversion."
Description: vii, 184 pages facsimiles 18 cm
Series Title: Milestones in children's literature.
Responsibility: by M. F. Thwaite.

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A Little Pretty Pocket-Book is generally considered the first children's book, and consists of simple rhymes for each of the letters of the alphabet. To market the book to the children of the day, the book came with either a ball or a pincushion, depending on which gender the child is. The book was very popular in England, and earned Newbery much fame; eventually the Newbery Medal was named after him. The book was re-published in Colonial America in 1762. The book includes a woodcut of stool-ball among other period games, and includes a rhyme entitled "Base-Ball." This is the first known reference to "base-ball" or "baseball" in print, though it actually meant the game rounders, an ancestor of modern baseball. Of baseball's English origin: "The game of Rounders has been played in England since Tudor Times, with the earliest reference being in 1744 in "A Little Pretty Pocketbook" where it is called baseball. It is a striking and fielding team game, which involves hitting a small hard leather cased ball with a round wooden or metal bat and then running around 4 bases in order to score. (National Rounders Association)"--

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