My mom knows I like books, especially old ones, and she gave me a box of them a while back. I found them again while looking for some old photo albums.
It wasn't until I opened them that I realized they were her old Grade 7 & 8 school books.
On this post, I'll show you how my mom wrote it as Mary Hendrickson.
The image to the left and below is Mom's Arithmetic book. What strikes me as funny is the stickers. I didn't know they had stickers back in the 50's. If you look close, the stickers say, "Made in Czechoslovakia." I wonder where she got them.
Composition and Grammar
Reader: Over the Bridge
Also, the name at the top of this page, Grace Spillenaar, brings warm memories to mind because the Spillenaar family was very good friends with Mamma while they lived in the area. A missionary family, the Spillenaars moved a few hours south to Round Lake where they started a ministry preaching the gospel to the Inuit. I remember John and Tyyne Spillenaar’s bush plane with "Wings of the Gospel" written on the side. John Spillenaar is the founder of Arctic Missions Outreach.
However, what got me wondering if this book really was for literature class was the book itself. If you read the first page below, the character has smoked his cigarette to the stub and is wishing he had a cold bottle of beer. In a Grade 8 school book? Really?
With Mom using these books in 1951/52 means they're over 60 yrs old. Wow.
What is the oldest one you have?
What is the oldest one you'd like to have?
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