April 04, 2012
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Mary Frances here. I don’t know about your paper dolls…but mine have the greatest adventures when there are no adults around. That’s what my third book is all about. The Mary Frances Housekeeper is the story of The Doll Family of Sandpile Village: Mother Doll, Father Doll, Amy, May Belle, Hazel, Tony, Willie and Baby—plus a feisty maid named Lucinda. They live in the sand pile in the corner of my playroom and they were homeless until my mother and I (with help from Billy and Father) made them a beautiful cardboard doll house. Mother Doll was ecstatic! She never imagined she’d be so fortunate as to have such a fine home.

The Paper Doll Family’s House

 

Now, Mother Doll was a stickler with the housekeeping, and she was determined to raise children that knew how to keep house. She taught them everything there was to know on the subject—girls and boys alike—with chores such as washing windows, dishes and clothes, dusting, bedmaking, furniture care, and setting the table. I learned right along with them, and by reading this book, you will learn, too! I can’t wait to have a house of my own someday, and when I do, I’ll know exactly how to care for it. (If there’s anything I’ve forgotten, I can always refer back to my book!)

The Mary Frances Housekeeper 100th Anniversary Edition makes it fun to learn about housework because you learn by playing house. The book has plans to make a doll house just like the one I made for the Doll Family, plus paper dolls and fold-up furniture to cut out and color. It even has housekeeping songs! Singing while I work makes me twice as happy and the time seems so much shorter. Oh, and I mustn’t forget to mention the patterns—special to the 100th anniversary edition—to make an apron and dust cap just like the ones I always wore to clean house!

The Mary Frances Housekeeper 100th Anniversary Edition at Amazon.com

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