A Little Pretty Pocket-book

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A Little Pretty Pocket-book  (⁠⁠1787) 
by John Newbery

A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, intended for the Amusement of Little Master Tommy and Pretty Miss Polly with Two Letters from Jack the Giant Killer is the title of a 1744 children's book by John Newbery. It is generally considered the first children's book, and consists of simple rhymes for each of the letters of the alphabet. To market the book to the children of the day, the book came with either a ball or a pincushion, depending on which gender the child is. The book was very popular, and earned Newbery much fame.

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Instruction with Delight

A Little Pretty


Intended for the

Instruction and Amusement


Little Master Tommy,


Pretty Miss Polly.

With Two LETTERS from

Jack the Giant-Killer;

as also

a Ball and Pincushion;

The Use of which will infallibly make Tommy
a good Boy, and Polly a good Girl.

To which is added,

A Little Song-book,


A New Attempt to teach Children the Use of the English Alphabet, by Way of Diversion.

The First Worcester Edition.

printed at Worcester, Massachusetts.

By Isaiah Thomas,

And sold, Wholesale and Retail, at his Book-

To The





in the

United States of America,

this Little


Is humbly inscribed


Their most obedient servant,

The Editor.

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

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