Leaflets of the Law of Kindness for Children - A Chat Besides the Daisies

Leaflets of the Law of Kindness for Children - A Chat Besides the Daisies
This leaflet is a plea for children to develop characteristics of kindness so that they can be peaceful adults in the future. The author, named "Sophia," states, "But if you do not try to be good and kind to each other whilst you are young, I am afraid you will help in the great quarrels when you grow up."

This book is an example of early illustrated literature in the 19th century. These types of books, Chapbooks as they were called. Were small 19th century booklets that were produced and sold cheap so as to make them more accessible to children of all socioeconomic statuses. Because of this, the quality of the paper is usually poor with nothing but thread holding the sheets together. However, chapbooks were not solely used for children's literature but covered a variety of subjects including various stories, news and politics, songs and riddles, and even for prophecy or fortune telling. These books were popular during a time where literacy was increasing among children and provided rudimentary reading practice and content. This style of literature underwent several transformations over the decades in an attempt to stay relevant. Ultimately the chapbooks of the 19th century evolved into the timeless and still popular comics of the early 20th century. (Richardson)

This chapbook leaflet also serves as an example of both the variety and versatility of ways printing was used in communicating or marketing ideals for a variety of both political and social causes.

"A history of the Leaflet." Letterbox Media. Accessed July 31. https://letterboxmedia.com/blog/a-history-of-the-leaflet/
"Pamphlet." Britannica. Accessed July 31, 2023. https://www.britannica.com/art/pamphlet
Richardson, Ruth. "Chapbooks." British Library, (May 15, 2014): Accessed July 28, 2023.
Date Created
1855 AD
The Olive-Leaf Circle
Elihu Burritt
19 cm
Geographical Coverage
Temporal Coverage
19th Century
Collecting Areas
English History of Writing Collection
English illustrated works (documents)
English picture books
Picture Books
Children's Books
Bibliographic Citation
Leaflets of the Law of Kindness for Children - A Chat Besides the Daisies. Philadelphia: The Olive-Leaf Circle, 1855.

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