Virtual Children's Books Exhibits


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2.  The Child's-New-Year's Gift, or, A Chaste & Significant Collection of Riddles upon the Most Familiar Subjects. London: J. Hodges, ca. 1750.

This is one of the earliest appearances in print of a puzzler that appeared in many riddle collections for children well into the nineteenth century. Like any riddle that stays in circulation for a long time, this one describes the subject's features in ways that misdirect the guesser's attention to the wrong objects. Although the book's title page promises that none of the riddles are offensive, the collection includes one about flatulence!