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Bookshelf for Boys and Girls
By Euphrates
Bookshelf for Boys and Girls These books were family staples for most Baby Boomers, but are frequently overlooked when rediscovering artifacts from our youth. This is ironic because when it comes right down to it, you probably spent more time with these books than you did your Hotwheels or Kiddles. They were great friends, especially when you were bored with this season's haul of toys and nobody could come out and play. Just flop on the floor on your stomach with good ol' number 8 - Bookland Classics and you're off to see the Wizard.

Each book contained nearly 400 pages of history, fairy tales, crafts, stories, science and nature. You could read about Ben Franklin, learn how to scramble eggs or get lost in Through the Looking Glass. The black and white and color photographs and illustrations were plentiful and beautiful.

The books were produced by the University Society and I believe were available as a supplement to an encyclopedia package. Each set of box included a Parents Guide for helping children with the books. The series has been updated times after it's original printing in 1912-1915. In 1920 the covers were changed to green and the books were reduced from 17 to 10. In 1948 the covers were switched to a brick-red. The '60s covers were an ivory color with blue binding and in 1981 the books were released with white covers and multicolored bindings.

17 Volume Set Titles - Gold (1912-1915) Series
1)Fun and Thought for Little Folks 1
2)Fun and Thought for Little Folks 2
3)Folklore, Famous Tales and Laughter Stories 1
4)Folklore, Famous Tales and Laughter Stories 2
5)Nature and Outdoor Life 1
6)Nature and Outdoor Life 2
7)Historic Tales and Golden Deeds 1
8)Historic Tales and Golden Deeds 2
9)Childrens Book of Fact and Fancy 1
10)Childrens Book of Fact and Fancy 2
11)Children's Book of Work and Play 1
12)Children's Book of Work and Play 2
13)Little Journeys into Bookland 1
14)Little Journeys into Bookland 2
15)Historic Tales and Golden Deeds
16)Historic Tales and Golden Deeds
17)Index and Study Course

* Note from Eric - A few original editions were published in 1912 that contained 
21 volumes. They were recalled for some reason and the 17 volume set was released. I 
know this because I have, I believe, one of the only remaining 21 volume sets.

* Note from Stefanie - I believe I may own a 22 volume set including glossary and am seeking any addition information that you may have come across about this fascinating and possibly recalled original collection. Some of the volumes are pretty well read and coming apart in some cases, but overall still very beautiful and appealing.

10 Volume Set Titles - Green (1920) Series 1)Historic Tales and Golden Deeds 1 2)Historic Tales and Golden Deeds 2 3)Nature and Outdoor Life 1 4)Nature and Outdoor Life 2 5)Famous Tales and Laughter Stories 1 6)Famous Tales and Laughter Stories 2 7)Fun and Thought for Little Folk 1 8)Fun and Thought for Little Folk 2 9)Children's Book of Fact and Fancy 1 10)Children's Book of Fact and Fancy 2

10 Volume Set Titles - Red (1948-1955) Series 1)Nursery Favorites 2)Happy Hours in Storyland 3)Folklore and Fairy Tales 4)Pictures Stores and Music 5)Things to Make and Do 6)Famous Stories and Verse 7)Nature Recreation and Physical Development 8)Stores from Other Lands 9)Boys and Girls Who Became Famous 10)The Manual of Child development

10 Volume Set Titles - Blue (1963) Series 1)Nursery Favorites Old and New 2)Happy Hours in Storyland 3)Folk and Fairy Tales 4)Songs and Stories from Many Lands 5)Things to Make and Do 6)Art and Music 7)Nature and Science 8)Bookland Classics 9)Great Events and Famous People 10)Parents Guide

10 Volume Set Titles - White (1981) Series 1)Nursery Rhymes and Tales 2)Happy Hours in Storyland 3)Folk and Fairy Tales 4)Favorite Stories and Songs 5)Things to Make and Do 6)The Story of Art and Music 7)Nature and the Universe 8)Best Children's Classics 9)Heroes and Heroines 10)Parents Guide

10 Volume Set Titles - Individually Colored (1984) Series 1 Nursery Rhymes and Tales 2 Happy Hours in Storyland 3 Folk and Fairy Tales 4 Favorite Stories and Songs 5 Things to Make and Do 6 The Story of Art and Music 7 Nature and the Universe 8 Best Childrens Classics 9 Heroes and Heroines 10 Infant and Child Care

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