Anecdotes for good children, being select pieces, intended to amuse and instruct them

Banbury: printed and sold by J. G. Rusher, Bridge-Street, [18–]

Despite being produced for children, works of instruction did not shy away from an element of shock and, like many such books, this one underlined the importance of doing as one was told and obeying elders. In this case the child – perhaps no older than six or seven – goes against instructions not to play with fire and is shown running from the flames. The mantra “I will not touch the fire, lest I should be burnt too” was presumably intended to be recited by the young owner of this book.

CCE.7.2.1, pp. 8–9

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