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What Were the Schoolbooks Like?
Don’t Do This!
The Fifth Book of Reading Lessons: For the Use of Schools in the British-American Provinces. Toronto: James Campbell, 1867. (Campbell's British-American Series of School-Books)
A student from the past has written in this book and coloured some of its illustrations.
The Fifth Book of Reading Lessons. Toronto: James Campbell, 1868. (Canadian Series of School Books)
In 1869, student George Ireland, of Trenton, Ontario, wrote a series of rhymes on the pages of this reader to lead future owners of this schoolbook on a silly hunt through the pages.