This text was prepared by William Gross:
Literacy has always been a primary goal for Jews throughout the Diaspora. Even during he dark ages the knowledge of reading and writing was maintained. The study of the Holy texts was impossible without these skills and such study was the goal of every Jewish male. Education began at an early age. There are many books and single sheets in the Gross Family Collection that are testimony to the efforts made for teaching.
Filled with delightful illustrations, this teaching book for Jewish children is an early illustrated aid. There are partial sections in the Gross Family Collection, but between the two of them they constitute a full copy. There appear to have been earlier editions of the same book, at least to 1837.