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"Jacob Abbott (November 14, 1803 – October 31, 1879) was an American writer of children's books. On November 14, 1803, Abbott was born in Hallowell, Maine. Abbott's father was Jacob Abbott and his mother was Betsey Abbott. Abbott attended the Hallowell Academy. Abbott graduated from Bowdoin College in 1820. Abbott studied at Andover Theological Seminary in 1821, 1822, and "Jacob Abbott (November 14, 1803 – October 31, 1879) was an American writer of children's books. On November 14, 1803, Abbott was born in Hallowell, Maine. Abbott's father was Jacob Abbott and his mother was Betsey Abbott. Abbott attended the Hallowell Academy. Abbott graduated from Bowdoin College in 1820. Abbott studied at Andover Theological Seminary in 1821, 1822, and 1824. Abbott was tutor in 1824–1825. From 1825 to 1829 was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Amherst College; was licensed to preach by the Hampshire Association in 1826; founded the Mount Vernon School for Young Ladies in Boston in 1829, and was principal of it in 1829–1833; was pastor of Eliot Congregational Church (which he founded), at Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1834–1835; and was, with his brothers, a founder, and in 1843–1851 a principal of Abbott's Institute, and in 1845–1848 of the Mount Vernon School for Boys, in New York City. ** "


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"Jacob Abbott (November 14, 1803 – October 31, 1879) was an American writer of children's books. On November 14, 1803, Abbott was born in Hallowell, Maine. Abbott's father was Jacob Abbott and his mother was Betsey Abbott. Abbott attended the Hallowell Academy. Abbott graduated from Bowdoin College in 1820. Abbott studied at Andover Theological Seminary in 1821, 1822, and "Jacob Abbott (November 14, 1803 – October 31, 1879) was an American writer of children's books. On November 14, 1803, Abbott was born in Hallowell, Maine. Abbott's father was Jacob Abbott and his mother was Betsey Abbott. Abbott attended the Hallowell Academy. Abbott graduated from Bowdoin College in 1820. Abbott studied at Andover Theological Seminary in 1821, 1822, and 1824. Abbott was tutor in 1824–1825. From 1825 to 1829 was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Amherst College; was licensed to preach by the Hampshire Association in 1826; founded the Mount Vernon School for Young Ladies in Boston in 1829, and was principal of it in 1829–1833; was pastor of Eliot Congregational Church (which he founded), at Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1834–1835; and was, with his brothers, a founder, and in 1843–1851 a principal of Abbott's Institute, and in 1845–1848 of the Mount Vernon School for Boys, in New York City. ** "

3 review for Cousin Lucy's Conversations - Original & Unabridged & Special Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    J. Boo

    Short tales of Lucy, a young girl perhaps five years old, and her small adventures and interactions with her big brother Royal. Catching a turtle, learning her letters (*), struggling to get organized, getting croup (**), helping big brother build a chicken coop... The stories have a bit of didacticism - both moral and intellectual - which goes down smoothly. I found this really enjoyable; Lucy is occasionally ill-behaved but adorable. And not adorable the mannered fashion that small children we Short tales of Lucy, a young girl perhaps five years old, and her small adventures and interactions with her big brother Royal. Catching a turtle, learning her letters (*), struggling to get organized, getting croup (**), helping big brother build a chicken coop... The stories have a bit of didacticism - both moral and intellectual - which goes down smoothly. I found this really enjoyable; Lucy is occasionally ill-behaved but adorable. And not adorable the mannered fashion that small children were sometimes treated by slightly later authors (e.g. the "Five Little Peppers" Phronsie), but realistically so. Lucy speaks in complete sentences, thank you very much. I thought I'd give DD (nearly 3)'s vocabulary a bit longer to mature before I sprung this on her - the language is fairly complex. But then I decided it was too cute to wait on and steamed ahead with this as the bedtime story for her and DS#1 (nearly 5) Night 1: DS bored, DD indifferent. The conversations were, to be honest, too long, and the material emphasized cleanliness, which is not a topic about which any child is enthused. Night 2: Pulled it out again over their joint objection. Wanting to make a success of this, I skipped ahead and read part of the turtle chapter, eliding some of the conversation. Night 3 - end: "I want to read Lucy and Royal!" Chapters with dolls and cleanliness out; catching turtles and raising chickens in. Also, crafty substitutions that pandered to DS & DD's interests, e.g. in the "raising chickens" chapter, Lucy and Royal were doing so to earn money to buy an army tank. Restive looks from DD's corner. A *pink* army tank. 4/5 Available on Gutenberg (*) Take a few pages from a book and have child mark all the Os. Next day, mark all the Ts, the day after, the Rs, and so on. Seems like an interesting exercise. (**) Ipecac was apparently a front-line treatment for croup back then. Confirmed this by internet search. Wow.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

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