HORNBOOK, the primer or first reading book used in colonial schools. Long used in England, colonists brought it with them to America.
"A mould for a hornbook is also exhibited. ThÍB undoubtedly was considered a prized possession by the fortunate children who had it, for it was used to make a sort of ginger-bread hornbook (Figure 13). About tl is type of hornbook
Matthew Prior, who died in 1721, \ia¿ this to say: "To Master John the English Maid A hornbook gives of ginger bread And that the child may learn the better All he can name he eats the letter.""
[color=rgba(46, 52, 40, 0.]Many of the original molds, now in museums and private collections, were carved in clay, wood or metal and are as old as 500 years. [/color]