It is estimated that at least 120 million copies of McGuffey'sReaders were sold between 1836 and 1960, placing its sales in acategory with the Bible and Webster's Dictionary. Since 1961 theyhave continued to sell at a rate of some 30,000 copies a year. Noother textbook bearing a single person's name has come close tothat mark. McGuffey's Readers are still in use today in some schoolsystems, and by parents for home schooling purposes.
This first reader of 1841 introduces children to McGuffey's ethicalcode. The child modeled in this book is prompt, good, kind, honestand truthful. This first book contained fifty-five lessons.