It had been a traumatic week in Penang. I might write about the gory details - but not tonight.
Instead I prefer to share the contents of this book dated 1936.It's nostalgia, it's about the way we were (or perhaps my father's generation), it's about learning the colonial language and the methodology of those days.
But for me, I love the pictures and how they imitate scenes from English textbooks and landscapes. As for the colour illustrations, the almost sepia-like features give a touch of time and dignity to simple scenes.
According to this Primer : "Before beginning this book, which deals with the commonest of the phonograms, the children should have had abundant practice in reading regular words containing those sounds. The teacher should provide this by means of large reading cards prepared as they are needed and pinned to the Blackboard. Even at this early stage she should take care to avoid sentences which arouse no interest". Blackboard ?? The teacher is assumed to be a 'she' - of the loving and caring kind.
Here's my choice from this special book which had been viciously attacked by silver fish and book worms. But it's still precious.
The last two are my favourites. Finally,
SELAMAT BERPUASA TO ALL from AsH of yore.