Joyous Times Day 10 – The Crow and How a Dog Took in 'The Times'

I love these little stories and poems. They weren’t watered down and censored like so many children’s stories today. I mean, what poem written for kids today tells us the Uncle will shoot the crows? What seems like animal cruelty today was just necessity of a farmer’s life. The Crow Crow, crow, though you wear … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 10 – The Crow and How a Dog Took in 'The Times'

Joyous Times Day 6 – The Story of Little Benjamin and Watching by the Cradle

I’m not really sure of the point of this story. To teach children that life can be cruel? Maybe it is to remind the parent to be attentive. Nonetheless, I post this oddity. The Story of Little Benjamin How He Began Life.–His Sad Fate. Once there was a little chicken; and he woke up one … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 6 – The Story of Little Benjamin and Watching by the Cradle

Joyous Times Day 2 – The Horse and the Lamb and Letter from an Injured Person

We are continuing with the book Joyous Times! Some stories in turn of the century children’s books were not really stories at all. Some were written as if you were gathered around a wise uncle who was telling stories of the old days. This next one is like that. The Horse and the Lamb The horse … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 2 – The Horse and the Lamb and Letter from an Injured Person

Antique Children's Books Part One – Joyous Times Day 1 – The Concert and How Little Johnny Lost His Supper

I have an antique book called Joyous Times. It is a children’s book full of poems and stories (and pictures! ) for Victorian era children to enjoy.  It was printed and bound by M. A. Donohue at 407-429 Dearborn Street, Chicago. It was published very early 1900s (probably 1904) because the inscription says in pencil ‘Charles E. Roach from … Continue reading Antique Children's Books Part One – Joyous Times Day 1 – The Concert and How Little Johnny Lost His Supper