Sunday, August 21, 2011

"The Happy Book: The Fun Of Doing Things Right" 1946 Children's Book

Author Josephine van Dolzen Pease Teaches Children Hygiene, Manners, Life Lessons

Wouldn't it be nice to turn the clocks back and read our little ones books such as 'The Happy Book: The Fun Of Doing Things Right" ? Oh my, perhaps they had the right idea in 1946 when Josephine van Dolzen Pease wrote this lovely children's book which I spotted at Two Little Owls Vintage on

This book is really a wonderful glimpse of the times. Children were taught hygiene, manners life lessons in the form of poem, verse, rhyme. Some of the other titles by this author are: "The Book of Houses", "The Book of Clothes", "Nimbo The Story of The African Boy", "This is Our Land", "Safe All Day", "Fun With Letters", "This is My World" and more.

In "The Happy Book", Pease covered such charming topics such as "Happy Morning Ways" and "Clean People Like Clean Ways".

Even water fountain etiquette was covered . Josephine is a noted author who wrote about life in America.

Manuel And the Drinking Founta

"When Manual came to live in America he had never seen a drinking fountain in his life! The boys and girls at school had to show him about it, so that he could take a drink of water.

"Stand in line and wait your turn" said Tommie "......"Turn on the water just hard enough but not too hard, said Alice"........."Do not put your mouth on the opening the water comes from" said Pat " .

Didn't Alice And Jerry Also Need To Learn How To Drink From A Water Fountain?

My question on this topic of water fountain hygiene is: Didn't Alice and Jerry also need to know how to drink from a water fountain. Why pick on "Manual" ?

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Society of Professional Journalists

1 comment:

  1. I love that little book! The times were so different back then, weren't they?