The 154-page book was quite a team effort. There were three authors — Arthur L. Gates, Miriam Blanton Huber and Celeste Comegys Peardon.
And seven people, many quite notable, were involved with the design and illustrations — Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge, Charles B. Falls, David Hendrickson, Lucile Patterson Marsh, Herbert Stoops, Katherine Sturges1 and Adolph Treidler.
The textbook includes sections titled Birthday Surprises, The Airplanes, Fun at the Farm, and Off to School. The final section is a fairy tale titled "The Story of the Little White House."
The front end papers of the book include an awesome blue illustration of a model farm that Jim and his father build in the first section of the book.
And, yes, that's an old school stamp on the left side of the above illustration. Here's a closer look, with the contrast adjusted to make it more readable.
It states, in part: "This BOOK is the Property of Spring Garden Township School District ... Violet Hill School ... York, Penna."
Before I launched into a big research mission on Violet Hill School and Spring Garden Township School District, I asked my wife if she had heard of them. Lo and behold, Stephen H. Smith just published a huge post titled "Violet Hill in Spring Garden Township; Assorted Maps, Hotel & Schoolhouses" on the YorksPast blog a few days ago. What are the odds? So I urge you to go check out his terrific piece.
Here are some more illustrations from today's textbook:
Finally, here's the sentient, talking house from "The Story of the Little White House." Eventually, a young boy and girl, both orphaned and pixie-like, come to live in the house and make friends with Brown Horse, Gray Rabbit, Brown Hen, Red Rooster, Yellow Cat and Black Dog.
1. Katherine Sturges is the mother of "Eloise" illustrator Hilary Knight.