ANN: And Her Little Book
American Sunday School Union, Philadelphia, PA, 1800’s
Following is a wonderful story that was put out in the 1800’s by the American Sunday School Union. A faith-based story that still rings true for Christians today, this short story can inspire and delight any child (of any age).
Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the American Sunday School Union (ASSU) had as its mission the promotion of Sunday schools and early literacy and the spiritual development of children.
The ASSU was a significant publisher and provider, of books and periodicals for children and played a role in shaping the direction of 19th century children’s literature in America.
Ann was a little girl, who loved her book; and so she soon learned to read. A nice book was given to her at Sunday School, and when she went home, she sat on a little bench and read it to her parents; they were glad to have so good a child, and Ann was happy, as all children may be, who love to please God by trying to be good. Turn the leaves of this book and and see what Ann read.
An R and O and S and E, Spell the flower which you here see.
Now when you pull a pretty ROSE from the green bush on which it grows,
Then say how very kind is HE,
Who makes the flowers and blesses me.
With H and I and V and E,
Spell the HIVE of the busy bee,
Which sucks the honey from the flower,
And never spends and idle hour.
Children, try and be busy, too
And seek some use in what you do.
With A and R and K, now spell ARK.
Once a very great rain fell;
But because Noah was very good,
The ARK was his home in the flood;
When the flood was gone see Noah raise
His hands, the great, kind God to praise.
A, G, I, R and L,
Are the letters A GIRL will spell.
Now no this little picture look,
And see a girl with her book,
Sitting by a kind mothers side,
She wants to know why Jesus died.
Her mother says, this book will tell
And so we all should love it well.
B and I and B, L, E,
Are letters we should like to see;
For they spell BIBLE, which God gave,
To tell how Jesus died, our souls to save.