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Larry Howe <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 26 Nov 2008 16:07:40 -0600
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Sandra and Susan--

The reference to the American Girls Book reminded me of two related volumes:
_The American Boy's Handy Book_ by Dan Beard (1882) and _The American Girls
Handy Book_ by Lisa and Adelia Beard (1887).  The authors are siblings, and
Dan Beard will be remembered by Twain afficionados as the illustrator of
_Connecticut Yankee_.  Despite the anti-capitalism of those illustrations,
he went on to be influential in the founding of the Boy Scouts of America,
which this _Handy Book_ dovetails with nicely.

Not a schoolbook, I know, but perhaps relevant.