Our Picture Book
. T. Kingsford & Son . Oswega, NY ,
PN6017.O932 1880 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Compliments of T. Kingsford & Son to the Little Folks of America. As the bookseller wrote, this booklet was an advertising giveaway of Kingsford's Corn Starch including entertainments for children, such as shadow puppetry and Longfellow's poem, 'The Children's Hour,' among a few black-and-white illustrated fables. Unfortunately, there are really no fables here. Still, the first piece in the booklet is close enough. Titled Tables Turned, it follows Johnny through several incidents, in each of which he learns that the person beating another will soon learn how painful it is to be beaten. Each of these incidents follows a familiar fable pattern. The most touching piece in the booklet has a mother and daughter chatting about loving back, as a doll cannot. At the end the mother whispers We love Him because He first loved us. In the center of this touching story is a pair of illustrations of the young Black William Augustus. In the first, perched on stacked Kingsford cases, William Augustus finds the watermelon. The second shows him in the midst of a mess on the floor: And Aunt Chloe finds William Augustus. Including the covers, this fragile full-sized pamphlet is twenty pages long.