There was also a copy of the American Boys Handibook. It told you how to make a snow fort, and how to kill an owl and stuff it with arsenic to preserve it. Also how to make really great kites and rowboats, and sailor knots, and paper bags full of fire that would rise into the night sky. (My mom and brother did that last.)
There was a Girls Handibook too. It ran mostly to sewing, and dolls. It did have a good section on making theatrical shows at home, and how to do really great shadow puppets. And it did have a section on tobogganing which was nice. (But the boys book showed how to build the toboggan, starting with a big tree and an axe!)
I assumed, as a kid that most families had both books. Probably true. I liked reading both. I was no good at sewing, and never stuffed a dead owl.
Anyway, this book is just a little earlier. I think it is rather sweet. it is supposed to be what we would now call an 'early reader..'