I received this yesterday off Craigslist ($30!) and I am beyond thrilled. It was a NIB Pleasant Co. edition with the white box and maroon band - a first for me! It even had the older pamphlet with no border on it.
The abacus is delightful and it has the slate pencil instead of the chalk - yippee!
The one thing that surprised me was her slate board was actually wood painted black and not slate, like Kirsten's is. Is that typical?
To correct myself, when I checked Kirsten's later it appeared to be painted wood, too.
I was so excited to finally get this set. The satchel is well made and everything stores in it nicely. The acubus isn't flimsy at all and is actually pretty sturdy. The Union reader, like a real text book, has easy lessons in the beginning and more complex stories towards the end. The slate is just painted wood, but is double sided to allow lots of work space.
Post by Colonial Rose on Jun 3, 2010 19:22:28 GMT -5
I got the piece I most wanted from this set, the Union Reader from a board member. Mine has a laminated cover, which struck me as odd since none of the other paperback schoolbooks have it. Does anyone know if this is normal, or something someone did to preserve the book better? I love this book (no surprise there, I love them all). It is a detailed readable miniature of the original book, and the back cover is an ad for Webster's Dictionaries. A This is the histoical mini books in chronological order. Bedtime books on top, school books on the bottom.
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Post by maggiedoll on Jan 12, 2012 22:58:43 GMT -5
Satchel & Supplies
Addy’s striped satchel has everything you’ll need to help her practice the “three R’s”—reading, ’riting, and ’rithmetic! Her Union Reader is a miniature version of a real schoolbook used in northern schools in the 1860’s. If you have good eyes, you can really read it! Addy learned to write with a slated pencil and a big double slate. The yarn binding around the slate’s edges kept if from scraping against her desktop and disturbing her desk partner. Addy used a wooden abacus, or “numeral frame,” to learn arithmetic. Slide the little beads back and forth to help her add and subtract.
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On Addy's desk:
My set does not have a slate pencil. I'm sure it's very nice but not something I needed to die happy. I really like school sets, and have all except one. Felicity's is the most awesome, but Addy's is in a close second.
Addy with her supplies on her desk. The scale of the set is really good for the doll and fits well on her desk. The supplies looks like something that Addy would use on a daily basis.
The slate is the main thing in the set, so much so that it had a retirement reprieve for a couple years to be paired with the desk. The desk slate is open and the PM slate is closed. The only difference I see is that the PM yarn is slightly wider and redder. There are four sides to each slate, and school work could really be done.
Detail of the yarn. I like this detail because it really does keep the slate on the desk which is good for me because my cats love knocking the slates off my desk.
The abacus is very PM, with little details on the handles, movable beads and a tiny PM sticker. With a little work this can fit into Addy's hands. The only issue is that this is very fragile and I keep it in her satchel.
Speaking of the satchel...Addy's is made out of simple cotton stripe fabric lined in white broadcloth. Like the other historical school bags the satchel has just as enough room for her supplies.
Addy holding all her supplies.
Like all the other school and nighttime sets the best thing is the book. Addy's is a Union Reader from the mid 1860s. This copy, which I guess is mid to late '90s, is laminated. This protects the book well, but makes it hard to keep the damn thing open.
The read is mini reprint of the real thing. Kids can look at the tiny pictures, read the tiny stories and do the tiny lessons, ironically probably while avoiding their own modern homework.
To repeat myself for the umpteenth time, school sets are perhaps the most awesome things ever created by American Girl and worth the Ebay prices. Addy school supplies are mentioned in her books and illustrations. For a set well detailed and relevant in the books A.
Nine dolls...and a couch. Kirsten is so ashamed of the said couch she can not be seen.
Post by keeperofthepast on Aug 31, 2016 13:45:20 GMT -5
This was the final set I bought for my PC collection. Mine is from 1993 (first edition) The attention to detail is beyond incredible. The satchel is lined and well made and Addy( or another doll can hold it perfectly. All her supplies fit in the satchel. The Reader is not laminated and has a number of pages of lessons. My favorite piece in the abacus. The frame in very detailed and the little beads slide easily back and forth. I wish the slate was real slate, but it is still very nice. I liked this set so much I bought two, one for each of my Civil War girls.
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My dolls:Samantha (PC 1991 German) Felicity(PC 1991 West German)renamed Nellie(2004)/#33's wig, renamed Classic Caroline(2013) renamed Marie-Grace(2011)& renamed Josefina(1997)
Samantha - Edwardian Felicity - Colonial renamed Caroline & renamed Marie-Grace - Antebellum/Civil War renamed Nellie - Antebellum/Civil War, Edwardian, Great Depression renamed Josefina- 1824
From “Addy’s School Story” pamphlet: “At school, Addy sits at a double desk. She uses her slate pencil to practice writing on her double slate, reads from The Union Reader, and learns arithmetic on the classroom abacus. Each afternoon she packs her school supplies into her satchel so she can study at home and teach Momma what she learns.”
I think this set is super cute. It’s well-made and well-proportioned for Addy, and I really like all the details.
First, the satchel. It’s about 4 inches wide and 3.25 inches tall excluding the straps, or 5 inches tall including the straps. It’s made of a very pretty grey and cream-colored striped cloth, and is lined with plain cloth on the inside. The Pleasant Company label as well as a tag for washing instructions (hand wash, line dry) are also on the inside. I like the colors and texture, and it’s big enough to hold all of her supplies.
Here are pictures of the outside and inside satchel:
Next is the slate. It’s a double slate, with each frame measuring about 3 1/8 inch on each side, with rounded corners. There is a 2 inch x 2 inch black painted square on the inside of each of these frames, and this is where Addy can do her work. The frames are bordered with red ribbon, which connects the two frames and also provides some useful friction so Addy’s slate doesn’t slide around on her desk as easily. The fronts and backs of the slate are identical, so she has a total of four writing surfaces. It is very easy to lay the two pieces flat or to fold them in half to fit in Addy’s satchel.
Mine came with a grey slate pencil (now broken into 2 pieces), a little over 2 inches long, with a pointed end. It easily writes on the slate and then can be wiped off, although I still see a little remnant of the writing after wiping it.
Here are pictures of the slate, along with a close up of the ribbon so you can see how it is threaded through the edges and how it connects the two pieces. The last picture shows the slate folded.
Next is the abacus. It measures about 2.25 inches wide and 2 inches tall without the handle, and the handle adds a little over 1.25 inches. It seems like it’s made mostly out of wood, and it has 5 bars that look like they’re metal. Each bar has 10 little beads that slide very easily. This piece seems a bit delicate, and it also has a tendency to slide right off Addy’s desk because it’s so smooth and lightweight. I like the detail on the abacus, and I think that if I learn how to use it, I’ll like it even more.
The Union Reader is the final piece in this set, and it’s wonderful. When closed, it’s 3.25 inches tall and a little over 2 inches wide. It has 48 pages, and I love that you can actually read them all! Some other reviewers have mentioned a laminated cover, and while I don’t think mine is laminated, it does feel like kind of a slick paper on the outside cover, with all of the inside pages just regular (but heavy) paper. Here are some pics of the front cover, title page, a random page showing one of the lessons, and the back cover:
Overall, I just love the design, construction, details, and usefulness of this set, and I would easily give it an A.