76 Old-time Schools and School-books
Every primer had a page devoted to the alphabet, followed by two pages of those curious word fragments, " ab, eb, ib, ob, ub," etc., which the book itself calls " Easy syllables for Children." Then came three pages of words grading up from those of
one syllable to " a-
Easy syllables for Children. bo-mi-na-ti-on" Ba be bi bo bu and a few others of
six syllables. 1 he rest of the book is almost entirely a religious and moral miscellany of verse and prose gathered from all sorts of sources. Prominent in this miscellany is a picture alphabet —a series of twenty-four tiny pictures, each accompanied by a two or three line jingle. Apparently two of the letters are slighted, but not really — for it was customary to teach that J was simply I with another name, and that U and V were likewise identical. One must grant that the pictures are expressive in spite of their diminutive size. The artist took care to get everything he could into them that would help the text.