Junior Instructor Books 1 & 2 Little Black Sambo 1943

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Vintage Editions

The Junior Instructor

Books 1 & 2

Complete Set

A Treasure House of Adventure for Boys and Girls

Book 1 has the ever popular "Little Black Sambo"

1943 Print

12 " x 9"

Full Color and Black and White Illustrations

Published by the United Educators Chicago

Introduction by M.V. O'Shea

Former Editor of Junior Home Magazine

Edited by:

Walter Beecher

Grace Faxon

Hildegard Blumenstiel

Miriam Brubaker

Bertha Hamilton

Laura Hassenstein

Kathleen Scott

First, a word regarding my impression of these books. Think for a moment about our grand and great grandparents. I know mine didn't have much schooling, but if they would have had these books they would have had a wealth of information about history, learning how to read, working with numbers, occupations, communication, drawing, life, animals, nature, games, parties, stories, poems, plays, art, and music. While we have so much more now at just the stroke of the keyboard, learning and even owning books, was not all that common. The only book my great grandparents had was a Bible, although I don't recall it being read that often. On my father's side of the family, I am just the 3rd generation in America, from my grandfather's homeland of Belgium. With these books, a child could be home schooled, and learn the best of the best. These were a joy to look through, and the old stories and poems were some my grandmother told me of, from memory!


Covers are clean, with edgewear, corner bumping, and some fraying at the corners. Bindings are tight and secure. Book 1 has a name and city on the top corner of the inside front endpaper. While I did not find any other writing, I did find some ink splotches on the "learning to draw" pages. I imagine a fountain pen was used on tracing paper, and some areas bleed through. Please see the photo of what I mean. I did not go to every page, but did several fan through's. There are a handful or two of edge tears, but no longer than an inch, and thankfully not taped with that awful tape that turns brown. The tape we use in this day and age will work just fine! Some pages had some crinkles or bent pages corners, but nothing excessive. Paperstock has lightly age toned.

All in all, these were very well taken care of!

Some of the Contents of each book:

Bolded are Chapter Headings

Book 1, 224 Pages

Finger Plays

(The Baby's Bowl of Milk-The Little Mice are Playing-Two Little Blackbirds-Santa Claus- plus 6 more)

Nursery Rhymes

(Bye, Baby Bunting-Little Tommy Tucker-There Was a Crooked Man- Once I Saw a Little Bird -Cock A Doodle Doo, plus 25 more)

Poems for Little Folks

(The Cow-Pop Corn Land-The Sugar Plum Tree-The Circus Day Parade-The Balloon Man-plus 14 more)


(Archie B and His Auto-The Little Red Hen-Uncle Wiggle Woggle's Little Joke-Nip and Tuck-The Story of Little Black Sambo-plus 27 more)

Creative Occupation

(Clay-Sock Dolls-Our Neighborhood Band-May Baskets-Christmas Gifts- plus 21 more)

Animals in Stories

A Faithful Mail Carrier, Buffty's Return, Walter's Pony

Animals as Friends and Pets

The Selection and Care of Pets

Some Animals to Draw

Plays, Games and Activities

(Tap and Run-Spin the Plate-Newspaper Race-What is It?-Planting Potatoes-Drop the Handkerchief- plus 31 more)

How to Give a Party

Little Plays for Home Acting

The Children's Music

New and Selected Music

Favorite Poems for Children

(The White Carnation-Good Night-Praying and Loving-The Wind-My Shadow-The Clouds-plus 90 more)

Questions That Any Bright Child Might Ask

Good Manners in the Home

Designs for Book Plates

Health Habits for Boys and Girls

Book 2, 448 pages