When Life Seemed Simpler

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We have a large collection of school readers, including, but hardly limited to, the familiar Dick and Jane books, and find their contents fascinating. Each generation embodies its hopes for its children in the schoolbooks they encourage into existence. In When Life Seemed Simpler we reproduce pages of pictures, frequently with their text, from a variety of readers from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. There are significant changes of empahsis from decade to decade, but there are also many common themes. Though many people deride these old schoolbooks, claiming that their idealistic projections have little or nothing to do with real life, Darling finds them frequently illuminating and touching. He grants they present a utopian vision, but points out that good models set forth for young people are critical in the formation of their characters.

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WELLERAN POLTARNEES has a lifelong love of gardens. His first memory is falling out of his baby carriage and landing on a bed of odorous white flowers which not only kept him from injury, but made the experience a sensual delight. He collects books about, and pictures of, gardens -- but there are few timeless things that he does not so honor. He uses a book called Great Gardens of the World as a guide whenever he travels, and, with the exception of the Boboli Gardens in Florence, which came highly recommended and which he found monotonous -- the gardens have always refreshed him. His favorite time for gardens is night. His favorite garden music is Manuel De Falla's ""Nights in the Gardens of Spain"", and his favorite garden poem is ""The Garden"" by Andrew Marvell.

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