Children's Literature

 The Lambrino’s collection features a large number of works of children’s literature from the past century. Among these you will find tales of colonial exploration and exploitation, maritime and military adventures, didactic tales of domestic harmony for girls, and a handful of lushly illustrated books of nursery thymes. This assortment of titles, which spans over a century, reveal the ever-shifting ideological concerns of a culture. Victorian tales of maritime adventure in Captain John's Adventures (186?) give way to post-WWI celebrations of military glory in Army Boys in France or From Training Camp to Trenches (1918). For a female audience there is Mary Morton and her Sister (1853), who teach female prudence and piety within a domestic sphere. These themes are eventually succeeded by the likes of the Campfire Girls, who, as the title of the book suggest, Campfire Girls’ Lake Camp or Searching for New Adventures (1918), are looking for adventures removed from the traditional hearth and home but still within the controlled parameters of supervised and regimented forays into nature.
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