Review of the Lucy Books, from May 1843 issue of The Mother's Assistant
The Cousin Lucy Books.--The Rollo Books, with which we hope those parents
who read our work are well acquainted, were written for boys, while these
are written for girls. There are six in the series, the titles of which
are as follows: Cousin Lucy's Conversations, Cousin Lucy's Stories, Cousin
Lucy at Play, Cousin Lucy at Study, Cousin Lucy Among the Mountains, and
Cousin Lucy on the Sea-Shore. The author is Rev. Jacob Abbott, a gentleman
happily qualified to interest, and, at the same time, convey instruction to
We most earnestly recommend parents, if they wish to save their children
from the poisonous influence of the deletrious trash, which is so liberally
issued from the press for them in these times, to provide beforehand for
them, wholesome reading. This is the only way they can be saved, for
children will read something. Provide for them, then, good books, and they
will early imbibe a relish for them. Such are those now under consideration.
Published and for sale by B. B. Mussey, No. 29 Cornhill, Boston.
Review courtesy of Pat Pflieger. Visit her Nineteenth-Century American Children & What They Read site for a complete bibliography of Abbott's works plus etexts for a selection of Abbott's children's books.
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