I definitely posted this way back when I typed out the antique children’s book Joyous Times, but it is too fitting not to repeat. Joyous Times is an 1880s book. Sometimes they even had poems for New Year! I like when they credit the authors of the poem or story, even if it is something … Continue reading The Old Year and The New
Inside the back cover of Joyous Times, there is a note written in pencil. It’s hard to explain how I felt when I first discovered it. My heart rate jumped, and I felt like I had just won the lottery! I felt a little woozy, and thought maybe I was dreaming. I think that the girl who … Continue reading Joyous Times: Day 20 A Note from the Past – Dear Somebody
Warning: The following story has some outdated terminology and can be viewed as racist. Please note that this is not my opinion or view whatsoever on a certain subject. I only reproduce this story here because I feel censorship in this form is wrong. It is posted here as merely a curiosity, a window into … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 19: A Fire in the Woods and Which is the Prettier Doll?
Because these two pages are in a different format, it is certain that the following nursery rhymes are not from our book Joyous Times. Nevertheless, I will reproduce them here. I don’t think I’ve heard the full version of the first one, and I definitely have never heard the second one. The third is one I … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 18 : Three Nursery Rhymes
There are so many stories I have read, but this is my current favorite. It’s so beautiful, and I think you will agree. This could be used again and again to give to a mother in a card on a five month birthday, if you change the child’s name. Don’t you think? Just Five Months’ … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 17: Just Five Months’ Old and Mother’s Watch
This is a nice story reminding us to be happy as the seasons change, for there is something special about every time of year. Recollections of Summer Ellen and Ruth sat on the sofa in the nice warm room where their father kept his books. A fire burnt in the grate; but, out of doors, … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 16 : Recollections of Summer and A Dialogue for George and Frank
Here is a story of a little girl and her cat that got Lost in the Grove Lucy Lee was a little girl not three years old. She lives with her mother, in a small white house not far from a grove of oak-trees. Lucy had a black kitten, whose name was Fun. This kitten … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 14 : Lost in the Grove and Love is the Best Force
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'
The following story has a little history in it. I find it quite interesting that the illustration was used. It also makes a good example on how inquisitive children are! They will ask so many questions that they are so far from the original subject by the end! Can Kites Be Made of Use? George … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 9 – Can Kites Be Made of Use and Four Years Old
Shun Bad Company is a story we can all take to heart, regardless how old we are. We might not see it at first, but some people are just best to cut out of your life, no matter how hard that might be. Shun Bad Company Poor Charley is sad; and what ails the lad? … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 8 – Shun Bad Company and Holding the Skein