220 Old-time Schools and School-books
Owl. Bolles's Spelling-book, New
London, 1831, is given an odd individuality by the fact that " each page is embellished by select proverbs and maxims." These bits of wisdom are printed in small type on the borders of the pages, one at the top, one at the bottom, and one on each side. There is a comparatively large amount of other reading matter, and frequent illustrations. The longest story in the book is about —
ALMIRA AND JANE.
Almira was a very thoughtful girl; she took delight in viewing the beauties of nature; and for this purpose, often took a walk near the close of the day.
On her return, one evening- she was accosted by Jane, who, though younger than herself, was always pleased with Almira's company, and requested the pleasure of walking with her the next day.
Jane informed her mother of what had passed ; and made request, that she and her little brother, might join Almira in her ramble.
Her Mamma was very willing, and said, as she was about to go; Do not forget, my child that it is God, who permits you to enjoy so many pleasures.
By this time Almira had arrived and Jane and George were ready to go with her.
Almira and Jane soon began to converse, and little George listened with attention.
How pleasant it is, said Jane, to see the earth decked so