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Samuel Goodrich
Peter Parley's Little Reader
Philadelphia, 1837
1. See! Thomas, I have got a new book! It is called Parley's Little Reader. Is it not pretty?
2. Let me see it, Mary? Yes, it is pretty; it has a good many pictures, and besides that, it is full of stories.
3. Yes, and I like stories. I like to read about animals, and boys, and girls; and I like fables, and poetry. Oh! how I like a new book!
Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History is a highly selective collection drawn from unique materials in Harvard's libraries and archives that document the history of reading and readership.

Learning to read is an act of extraordinary significance that transcends both time and culture. One of the world's most significant resources on the history of reading instruction is the Historical Textbooks Collection at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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