Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

April 02, 2009 06:00 ET

Humorous 1916 Primer Now Part of Library and Archives Canada Children's Literature Collection

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 2, 2009) - On the occasion of International Children's Book Day, Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Our Hospital ABC, a historically significant children's book published in 1916. The work consists of humorous ABC rhymes and illustrations relating to soldiers and nurses in a field hospital.

"This book reflects the presence of the Canadian soldiers and the role of volunteer nurses during the First World War," said Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. "The humour in the ABC rhymes and illustrations gives us a glimpse into the everyday life of military hospitals during the First World War. This book is a fine addition to Library and Archives Canada Children's Literature Collection."

The book is illustrated by Joyce Dennys, an author and illustrator of children's books as well as war posters for recruiting young women into the Voluntary Aid Detachment.

The verses are written by Hampden Gordon and M. C. Tindall. During the First World War, Mr. Gordon became Assistant Secretary in the War Office. He wrote over 60 poetry books and children's books, as well as an important historical book about the War Office.

The Library and Archives Canada Children's Literature Service has more than 150,000 books published in English, French and other languages, a world-class reference collection, and a significant collection of literary archives and original children's book illustrations.

Contact Information

  • Library and Archives Canada
    Jean-Philippe Deneault
    Media Relations Officer