"This little work aims to be the very least of all;—not in size, but in the humility of its contents. It aims at the superlative degree of littleness; and in this point seeks to resemble the least watch ever made—the least picture ever painted—the tiniest flower that ever grew. It desires to be among books as the humming-bird among birds.
"As soon as a child’s mind is capable of receiving systematic instruction, this humble work attempts to convey it." -Preface