The First Lie. Written for the Am. S. S. U. and Revised by the Committee of Publication. Children's Literature, Anonymous.

The First Lie. Written for the Am. S. S. U. and Revised by the Committee of Publication.

Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1122 Chestnut Streeet, [after 1857, likely ca. 1857-1865?]. A later printing. 16mo, original pictorial wrappers, approx. 4.13 x 2.75 inches, 16 pages. Illus. Some foxing and wear and light soiling; a good copy. Item #16672

"'O my child,' said her mother, 'because you have told a lie; a wicked lie. Do you know that God cannot love you now?'" Young Maria Hill's mother neglects to teach her the wickedness of lies, catches her out, and both learn a lesson. (That the lesson involves sparing not the rod and Maria's despair at the loss of God's love may strike contemporary sensibilities as unduly cruel, especially since Maria in this tale is about four years old--or, about developmentally appropriate under current models to tell her first lie; her lies indicate in part the child's discovery that her mind and the parent's mind are distinct entities.) This little morality tale appeared as well under the earlier A.S.S.U. imprint address at 146 Chestnut Street.

Price: $75.00

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