children book 19th century


All the illustrations from the 1880s children’s book, The Discontented Frogs. Based on one of Aesop’s fables.

The moral of the story: make the best of your own circumstances before you try your luck elsewhere.

“With this I will finish, my dear little friends,

And this precept, I hope you will keep;

Be content, if you can, with the blessings you have,

But always look well, ere you leap.”

Book of the Week: Lotta Crabtree: Gold Rush Fairy Star

A foothills “Fairy Star” and a “San Francisco Favorite,” these are just two of the many accolades won by Lotta Crabtree, a child actor in Gold Rush California, who went on to become modern theater’s first female comedian. While her early acclaim came from acting, Lotta’s philanthropic activity was what won her an enduring place in the hearts of Californians. Using original pictures and lively narrative, author Lois Harris brings this California original back to life in Lotta Crabtree: Gold Rush Fairy Star, a literary gem sure to enthrall kids and adults alike. If you have a child in your life or are a child at heart; if you love theater history, charities or even just California, this is the book for you!