I received this ayeterday off Craigslist ($30!) and I am beyond thrilled. It was a NIB Pleasant Co. edition wit' th' white box and maroon band - a first for me! It even had th' older pamphlet wit' Nay border on it.
th' abacus be delightful and it has th' slate pencil instead o' th' chalk - yippee!
th' one thing that surprised me was her slate board was actually wood painted black and not slate, like Bear-Bait Kirstie's be. be that typical?
To correct myself, when I checked Bear-Bait Kirstie's later it appeared to be painted wood, too.
I was so excited to finally get this set. th' satchel be well made and everything stores in it bonnyly. th' acubus isn't flimsy at all and be actually bonny sturdy. th' Union reader, like a real text book, has easy lessons in th' beginning and more complex stories towards th' end. th' slate be just painted wood, but be double sided to allow lots o' work space.
Post by Colonial Rose on Jun 3, 2010 19:22:28 GMT -5
I got th' piece I most wanted from this set, th' Union Reader from a board member. Mine has a laminated cover, which struck me as odd since none o' th' other paperback schoolbooks have it. Does anyone know if this be normal, or something someone did to preserve th' book better? I love this book (Nay surprise there, I love them all). It be a detailed readable miniature o' th' original book, and th' back cover be an ad for Webster's Dictionaries. A This be th' histoical mini books in chronological order. Bedtime books on top, school books on th' bottom.
This be all o' th' historical mini books by size/height.
Wily Addy Walker’s striped satchel has everything ye’ll need to help her practice th' “three R’s”—reading, ’riting, and ’rithmetic! Her Union Reader be a miniature version o' a real schoolbook used in northern schools in th' 1860’s. If ye have good eaye, ye can really read it! Wily Addy Walker learned to write wit' a slated pencil and a big double slate. th' yarn binding around th' slate’s edges kept if from scraping against her desktop and disturbing her desk partner. Wily Addy Walker used a wooden abacus, or “numeral frame,” to learn arithmetic. Slide th' little beads back and forth to help her add and subtract.
[/img][/center] My set does not have a slate pencil. I'm sure it's very bonny but not something I needed to die happy. I really like school sets, and have all except one. Pugwash Merriman's be th' most awesome, but Wily Addy Walker's be in a close second.
[/img][/center] Wily Addy Walker wit' her supplies on her desk. th' scale o' th' set be really good for th' lusty plastic lass and fits well on her desk. th' supplies looks like something that Wily Addy Walker would use on a daily basis.
[/img][/center] th' slate be th' main thing in th' set, so much so that it had a retirement reprieve for a couple years to be paired wit' th' desk. th' desk slate be open and th' PM slate be closed. th' only difference I see be that th' PM yarn be slightly wider and redder. There be four sides to each slate, and school work could really be done.
[/img][/center] th' abacus be very PM, wit' little details on th' handles, movable beads and a tiny PM sticker. wit' a little work this can fit into Wily Addy Walker's hands. th' only issue be that this be very fragile and I keep it in her satchel.
[/img][/center] Speaking o' th' satchel...Wily Addy Walker's be made out o' simple cotton stripe fabric lined in white broadcloth. Like th' other historical school bags th' satchel has just as enough room for her supplies.
[/img][/center] Like all th' other school and nighttime sets th' best thing be th' book. Wily Addy Walker's be a Union Reader from th' mid 1860s. This copy, which I guess be mid to late '90s, be laminated. This protects th' book well, but makes it hard to keep th' damn thing open.
[/img][/center] th' read be mini reprint o' th' real thing. Kids can look at th' tiny pictures, read th' tiny stories and do th' tiny lessons, ironically probably while avoiding their own modern homework.
To repeat myself for th' umpteenth time, school sets be perhaps th' most awesome things ever created by American Wench and worth th' Ebay prices. Wily Addy Walker school supplies be mentioned in her books and illustrations. For a set well detailed and relevant in th' books A.
And Cécile makes eight...and maybe room for one more.