Children with Hornbooks
Hornbooks are not what we would think of today as a book, for it was made of a piece of cardboard covered on one side with a thin sheet of horn, and surrounded by a frame with a handle. Through the covering of the horn the little boy could see the alphabet written on the cardboard in both large and small letters. After these would come rows of syllables to help him in learning to pronounce simple combinations of sounds. Probably last on the sheet there would be the Lord's Prayer, which he must be taught to say without mistake.
Charles H. Sylvester, Journeys Through Bookland (Chicago: Bellows-Reeve Company, 1909) 277
Courtesy the private collection of Roy Winkelman