A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, intended for the Amusement of Little Master the Giant Killer is the title of a children's book by John Newbery. POCKET-BOOK,. By. John Newbery. INTENDED FOR THE. INSTRUCTION and AMUSEMENT. OF. LITTLE MASTER TOMMY,. AND. PRETTY MISS POLLY. A reprint of the London edition originally published by John Newbery in Signatures: A⁸(-A1) B-G⁸ H⁸(-H8). Bookseller's advertisements, p. -.
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A Little Pretty Pocket-Book
John Newbery was a British publisher of books who first made children's literature a sustainable and profitable part of the literary market. In honour of his achievements in children's publishing, the Newbery Medal was named after him.
By he had started John Newbery was a British publisher of books who first made children's literature a sustainable and profitable part of the literary market. InNewbery left Reading, putting his stepson John Carnan in charge of his business there, and established a shop in London. This was Newbery's most popular book, going through 29 editions between and Newbery also published a series of books written by "Tom Telescope" that were wildly popular, going through seven editions between and alone.
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Rating details. Sort order. Nov 30, Jane rated it liked it. John Newbery gets credit for setting off children's book publishing - but what he turned out was more the kind of throwaway you'd buy at the cash register at your local Pic-N-Save than classic literature.
Each little volume, half addressed to boys, the other to girls, came with a ball or pincushion and a set of pegs. Funsie-bubbles, no? Then follows an undistinguished mix of sayings, stories and rhymes from Jack the Giant Killer, of all people. From such a very small acorn does a giant industry grow. May 10, Macklin rated it it was ok Shelves: school. Read for school. Dull, but makes good points. Feb 03, Atlas Kenway rated it it was ok. This strikes me as one of those books that was directed at children but written for the adults who dealt with them, to be honest.
Though I can appreciate what Newbery was going for within the context of the time period, there's still something deeply off-putting about marketing a book with a toy for keeping track of if a child is going to be rewarded for good behaviour or beaten with a rod for being a nuisance.
I think what's strangest to me about this book is that it is, in many ways, This strikes me as one of those books that was directed at children but written for the adults who dealt with them, to be honest. I think what's strangest to me about this book is that it is, in many ways, contradictory and nonsensical. The thing is, it's not Doctor Seuss nonsense. It's dead-serious text that doesn't even realise it's nonsense.
Children are told to not eat too fast, but they are not to eat so slow as to make others wait on their consumption, and they aren't to blow on their food as they should wait for it to cool down, but they also can't wait because it's poor manners to not eat at a proper face and heavens forbid they lift their eyes from their plates The rules contradict each other.
They fervently encourage moral rectitude, but when it comes to acting on those morals and correcting people who are wrong or defending one's own beliefs or doing anything more than lying down and accepting what everyone says as gospel, the emphasis is on manners and turning the other cheek.
If I were a kid, I'd be confused by this book more than enticed by it. Even the rhymes to teach morals seemed arbitrary, and I can't imagine how they actually helped children understand Overall, this book was interesting from an analytical perspective. It's cool to see the old context and to understand how children's literature began.
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In terms of the actual content, though? I'm not all that impressed. Guess it's one of those things where we can't really fully grasp how people of olden days thought from the vastly different perspectives of today. Feb 03, Laurie Adams rated it liked it. I read this book for a class assignment.
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John Newbery's name is on the prestigious award for children's books today because it is considered one of the first books written for children.
Times do change with what we as parents determine what a child should or should not know or what rules children have to follow and this book is certainly a product of its time. It was written in and it does make an attempt at amusing children with introductory letters to Little Master and Little Miss by Jack I read this book for a class assignment.
It was written in and it does make an attempt at amusing children with introductory letters to Little Master and Little Miss by Jack the Giant Killer telling them to behave rather than a parent. Kind of like Smokey the Bear telling a kid to not play with matches, except the children are threatened with rods.
All the rhymes that go with the alphabet are based on biblical stories, again to get points across as to how children should behave. I know times change but I can't imagine that this would have been an enjoyable book for children to read at the time.
It is just a book full of many rules and very strict ones at that. So ultimately this is a book written by adults without a very good idea of what would be enjoyable for a child to read. But perhaps we can still look at it as an attempt to try. Look how far children's books have come. Feb 05, Allison Hiatt rated it liked it. Some of the language that was used by John Newbery was different language old time language that got me confused in some sentence or what he is trying to say.
What I liked about the book was how he put the letters of the alphabet with a quick poem or little paragraph that was attached to a moral for different lessons. Towards the end of the book was a surprise because he put While reading A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, I thought it was good in someways, but in other ways it wasn't the best.
Towards the end of the book was a surprise because he put different and many rules for everything. Some rules seemed crazy, but other rules seemed reasonable. Overall not a bad book to teach kids with. Sep 06, Tori Bohling rated it liked it. A very interesting and outdated take on what the ideal child looks like. Reading it as a woman in makes me laugh when I imagine being a child and receiving a book of "manners" with a pincushion to add some pizzazz.
Although it is very traditional and a bit outdated, I found it interested the way of which Newbery thought of the child.
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To sum it up into one phrase, children should not be heard, seen or interrupt adults, no matter what. As strange as it seems now, this was the way in which A very interesting and outdated take on what the ideal child looks like.
As strange as it seems now, this was the way in which children were taught to behave, and the fact that Newbery was the first author to truly advertise literature to children is quite impressive!
Feb 02, Lee rated it liked it.
While very important to history of childrens lit, Pretty Little Pocketbook isnt very timeless. The morals seem to be tacked on to poems as an after thought and it isnt as entertaining as modern childrens books. However, the short poems are rather enjoyable and it can be unintentionally humorous with some of the overly specific rules detailed.
Overall, it is pretty middle of the road in terms of kids books.
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Jan 31, Raelynne Anne rated it liked it. I didn't love this book because of the differences in stories for girls and boys. I understand that this was how this book was meant to be because of the time period but I do understand that it was an effective marketing tool. The language differences and grammatical differences between the letters written for girls and the ones written for boys were interesting and I would like to look into the purpose of this at some point.
Overall this was a good book just not my favorite but I learned a lot I didn't love this book because of the differences in stories for girls and boys. Overall this was a good book just not my favorite but I learned a lot about the view of childhood from reading this text.
Jan 30, Annika rated it it was ok. I thought that this book was alright. I didn't personally agree with all of the things mentioned in the book, mainly the emphasis on gender roles.