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Mary Frances Books by Jane Eayre Fryer
The Mary Frances Cook Book: Adventures
Among the Kitchen People by
Jane Eayre Fryer teaches children to cook
via the antics of Toaster Man, Auntie Rolling Pin and other bantering Kitchen
People who befriend young Mary Frances. They share the secrets of the kitchen
with her in a series of fun adventures. Mary Frances learns how to prepare 40
simple dishes, including baked potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and Queen of Heart
Tarts. Some of the instructions are for an antiquated style of cooking (most
people probably don't toast their bread over a fire unless they are camping),
but others are perfect for today's kitchen.
The book was written in 1912 and the reader gets glimpses of that time via an
encounter with a "tramp" and a chapter on a "man's lunch". It is a fun way to
learn cooking through storytelling.
Paper, 175 pages.
|The Mary Frances Knitting and
Crocheting Book by
Jane Eayre Fryer. Basic knitting and crochet
techniques are taught to the young girl, Mary Frances, by the Knitting People: woolie ball, yarn baby, crow shay, and others. Through a delightful story,
children learn how to knit and crochet all kinds of garments for their dolls.
The book was originally published in 1918 and gives a glimpse into that time
period. Parents should be aware that there are instructions for a Dinah Doll (a
black servant). My daughter and I had never heard of this type of doll before,
and it was an excellent opportunity for us to discuss/research the implications
this would have during that time. (Note: This is a very small part of the book).
I would not use this purely as an instruction book for a child or adult
learning knitting and crocheting on their own. It is much more interesting as a
charming story, especially as a read-aloud for a child interested in
crocheting/knitting (or a parent who would like to interest their child in
Mary Frances Sewing Book: Adventures
Among the Thimble People by
Jane Eayre Fryer. This delightful book was
written in the early 1900's to teach children how to sew. It is the story of a
resourceful young girl who wanted to sew; and her grandmother's sewing bird, and
all the other sewing tools, show her how. There are 33 sewing projects for 16"
dolls which includes a wedding dress pattern. Full-size patterns are included with
Apparently adult doll collectors use this book as a reference to sew clothing
for dolls such as bisques, Schoenhuts, compositions and others from the early
part of the 20th century.
Paper, 280 pages. 100+ illustrations. Out of print, one copy
available. This copy comes with all of the patterns. However, the patterns are
no longer shrink-wrapped with the book and the first pattern page has some
discoloration (not to the actual pattern, though).