THE SHOP ON HIGH STREET: Toys and Games of Early America by John J. Loeper

THE SHOP ON HIGH STREET: Toys and Games of Early America

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Nutcracker soldiers, marbles and puppets, prune and raisin chimneysweeps for Christmas, rag dolls and jigsaw puzzles, hobbyhorses and the kite that inspired Ben Franklin: such were the toys of Early American children (1760-1815), introduced in this too-easygoing text with attractive illustrations and a minimum of fuss. Divided into casual subject areas--a chest of toys, dolls, outdoor fun, mechanical toys--the book features several made-up children receiving or playing with the toys as a device for explaining how they were used or where they came from. The illustrations, many of them contemporary woodcuts or photographs of actual toys, are nice complements, but there's no real organizing principle or narrative pull.

Pub Date: March 10th, 1978
Publisher: Atheneum