This printable winter and Christmas lesson from a vintage school reader features the words: popcorn, always, brought, hole, box, saved, rubbed, smell, glad and best.
The lesson tells a story of two small mice, named Frolic and Frisk, having a discussion about the school children who attend the school room where Frolic lives. While admiring the decorated Christmas tree and enjoying the smells of popcorn and apples from the school activities of the day, Frolic asked Frisk where the presents were because he thought a Christmas tree always had presents and he didn’t see any presents there. Frolic explained to Frisk that the presents were all in the one (nondescript) enclosed box beneath the tree. There was writing on the cover of the box but Frolic couldn’t read it, because he hadn’t learned to read, even though he did live in a school room.
Frolic told Frisk that the school children had saved their pennies to buy presents to fill the box and they were very happy when they were filling it with the presents they purchased. The presents included: a doll, some books, oranges, a tea set and a new dress. Frolic went on to tell Frisk he heard Helen mention that the little girl will be happy with all these things.
When Frolic asked Frisk who the little girl was, Frolic replied, “She is a poor, sick girl who lives in the city.”
Here is a black and white version of the illustrations from the pages:
The two mice beside the Christmas tree in the school room.
The mice, one at each end, chewing a chain of popcorn.
I scanned the original pages from Child Life A First Reader by Etta Austin Blaisdell and Mary Frances Blaisdell. The book was published in 1902.