Education: Young & Lexiphanic

At 2½, brown-eyed, curly-haired Florence Jacobs is at an awkward age—too young for kindergarten and too old for alphabet blocks. Since she was eleven months old. Florence has been able to recite the alphabet. She can also tick off, alphabetically, in singsong style, the 50 states, the countries of Latin America, the planets and their satellites. She can spell Mississippi and hippopotamus. A child of the space age. Florence warns that an astronaut's hazards include "cosmic rays, micrometeorites, ultraviolet rays and infra-red emissions.'' Last week Florence earned what for her age is the Nobel Prize for Literature: her own library card.


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