Last weekend, A.J. and I were browsing through a lovely antique store in Paris (Kentucky), and we found two old books that we just had to add to our collection.

The first is a little children’s book. (I’ll tell you about the other book in tomorrow’s post.) 

I’m not kidding about it being little: it measures a mere three inches wide and four-and-a-half inches tall. It’s called The Pet Lamb, and is one of “The Rose Bud Stories for Young Children,” written by Harriet Myrtle. The other books in the series are Going to the Cottage, Eggs and Chickens, The Goat and Her Kid, Bertha and the Bird, The Duck House, May Day at the Cottage, Adventure of a Kite, A Day in the Woods, Two Dear Friends, Little May’s Birthday, and Christmas Eve at the Cottage.

The Pet Lamb was published in New York in 1869, and the copy we bought has an inscription in pencil on the last page that reads, “Presented to May Goff by Santa Claus, 1872.”

Here are the first two pages of the little book, and then a (rotated) close-up of the family in the carriage.

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The book actually contains two stories: “The Pet Lamb” and “Harry Heath and His Faithful Dog.” I’m thinking we’ll have story hour on Saturday with “The Pet Lamb,” so stay tuned.