London: George Philip & Son, 1890. First edition. OCLC records only four copies of this edition, all in the UK: Cambridge, BL, National Library of Scotland, University of Newcastle. Wear and soiling to cloth. Contemporary ink ownership signature of the Montreal Infant School to front flyleaf. Some dustsoiling. A decent copy of a scarce educational book. Original blue cloth titled in black. Octavo. 151 pp. Item #17173
The preface provides an explanation of the importance of teaching vocabulary to young children, and how this can be accomplished through poetry. The author writes, “[The poems] selected are simple, as they are intended for the very youngest as well as for those who have made a beginning. Most of them admit of being accompanied by actions. This is necessary, as a young child gains delight from mere motion of the limbs, while his love of imitation is very strong. Moreover, he possesses a ceaseless activity of the body, which must be used if his mind is to be occupied for even a short time on any subject. The actions added are only suggestive, as most teachers prefer to make their own,” (p. v).
Emily Warmington (b. 1857) was an educator, lecturer, and poet. She was the headmistress of Edge Hill Practicing School in Liverpool by 1886 and delivered lectures at the Warrington Training College that year. The preface identifies her as an instructor at the college. Warmington also authored a series of children’s books, Kindergarten Drawing-Books for Infants and Standard I, published by George Philip and Son. The fourth book in the series was published in 1887.