Sunday, February 17, 2008
Learn Your Lesson
Land ho! I just made a discovery that I can't believe I've missed all these years. Those smart girls who already know about this will just roll their eyes and say,"Where have you been?" , but I'm so excited I have to share. I just found the Mary Frances series of books which were originally published in 1916 by Jane Earye Fryer. The first story, Adventures Among The Thimble People, tells how Mary Frances learned to sew with advice from tools in her grandmother's sewing basket like Fairy Lady, Tommy Pin Cushion, and Sewing Bird. Throughout these charming stories there are actual instructions and 33 patterns for sewing doll clothes.I learned something just from reading about the Mary Frances books.Have you ever heard of a sewing bird? Well I hadn't and it is an amazing little item. Mary Frances has other lessons, too. There are books on first aid, knitting and crocheting, cooking, gardening, and housekeeping which includes etiquette and social graces.The housekeeping book comes with the Paper Doll Family of Sandpile Village to make the lessons more fun to learn.The Mary Frances series can appeal to a wide range of ages as older sisters can read them to younger siblings and any girl could read them with their Momma and learn all the valuable skills for the time when they have their own homes and children.