Books containing words of one syllable proliferated in the late nineteenth century as a way to teach children to read. These books, today, still serve that purpose and are very popular with homeschoolers and parents as a way to promote reading. In this popular book from 1888, one-syllable words tell the history of the struggles and triumphs of the state of Ohio. Written to help youngsters of the day learn to read, the book combines stories, poems, and illustrations. Multi-syllable words are broken up into single syllables as Ohios colorful past unfolds from statehood to the year 1888, when the book was first published. Patriotic, informative, and historical, this children's book remains an useful educational tool for teaching America history. In addition to being ' both instructive and interesting to the little people for whom it is written,' its unique presentation of the history of the state of Ohio can be appreciated by book-lovers and history-lovers of any age.