Children's Series by Frances Barrow (Aunt Fanny)

Nightcaps

Baby Nightcaps picture
  1. Nightcaps (1858)
      Online at Google Books
  2. The New Nightcaps Told to Charley (1859)
      Online at Google Books
  3. Baby Nightcaps (1859)
      Online at Google Books
  4. Little Nightcap Letters (aka Little Nightcaps) (1860)
      Online at Internet Archive
  5. Big Nightcap Letters (aka Big Nightcaps) (1860)
      Online at Google Books
  6. Fairy Nightcaps (1860)
      Online at Google Books

The Nightcaps books are primarily short story collections, linked loosely by the introductory narrative in several of the books, and occasionally by the narrator's references to stories or events from other books. (At one point in Fairy Nightcaps, Aunt Fanny devotes an entire paragraph to commenting on "that ridiculous picture of our 'Nightcap children' in 'Baby nightcaps.'")

The series premise is that Charley's mother tells him stories ("nightcaps"), which are being retold here. Charley and his siblings, along with several other characters, appear briefly in several volumes and play a larger role in the last book.

Mittens

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  1. Mittens
  2. Little Mittens for the Little Darlings (1862)
      Online at Google Books
  3. More Mittens (1862)
      Online at Internet Archive
  4. The Two Story Mittens and the Little Play Mittens (1862)
      Online at Google Books
  5. New Little Mittens with Stories for the Little Darlings (1863)
  6. The Orphan's Home Mittens and George's Account of the Battle of Roanoake Island (1863)
      Online at Internet Archive
"Socks," a related series by Frances Barrow's daughter, Sarah L. Barrow, was published under the pseudonym "'Aunt Fanny's' Daughter". Aunt Fanny's readers would have been familiar with Sarah, since she had been mentioned in several of the frame stories in earlier series.

Socks

  1. Red, white, and Blue Socks (1862)
      Online at Internet Archive
  2. Red, white, and Blue Socks, part second (1862)
      Online at Internet Archive
  3. German Socks (1862)
      Online at Google Books
  4. Funny Little Socks (1862)
      Online at Internet Archive
  5. Funny Big Socks (1862)
      Online at Google Books
  6. Neighbor Nelly Socks (1862)
      Online at Internet Archive

Little Pet Books

First Little Pet frontispiece: Why, Hal, did you get my pie?
  1. The First Little Pet Book, with Ten Short Tales in Words of Three and Four Letters (1863)
      Online at Google Books
  2. The Second Little Pet Book, with the Tale of Puss and John (1863)
      Online at Google Books
  3. The Third Little Pet Book, with the Tale of Mop and Frisk (1863)
      Online at Google Books

Some listings erroneously attribute titles in this series to Frances Dana Gage, who also used the pseudonym "Aunt Fanny." The Preface to the first volume, which refers specifically to requests for stories like Nightcaps (whose copyright links them directly to Barrow), indicates that the Pet books were Barrow's work, not Gage's.

"Pet" here is an affectionate name for children. The Preface explains that this book is a response to parents' requests for stories that children could read for themselves -- thus the limited vocabulary. These are all short story collections.

Pop-Guns

Popguns chapter heading -- shooting folly
  1. Pop-Guns: One Serious and One Funny (1864)
      Online at Internet Archive
  2. One Big Pop-Gun (1864)
      Online at Google Books
  3. All Sorts of Pop-Guns (1864)
  4. Funny Pop-Guns (1864)
  5. Grasshopper Pop-Guns (1864)
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  6. Post Office Pop-Guns (1864)

"Shoot folly as it flies" appears on the title page of each volume. Like the Nightcaps series, Pop-Guns are linked primarily by scenes either before or after the main story, when Aunt Fanny visits a group of children.

Even though Barrow's name appears on the copyright page, titles in this series are occasionally incorrectly attributed to Frances Dana Gage (who also used the pseudonym "Aunt Fanny").

Good Little Hearts

  1. The Metropolitan Fair, Junior (1864)
      Online at Google Books
      UK edition (titled The Children's Charity Bazaar) also online at Google Books
  2. The Bird's Nest Stories (1864)
      Online at Google Books
      UK edition also online at Google Books
  3. Nellie Rivers' Great Riches (1864)
      Online at Google Books
      UK edition also online at International Children's Digital Library and at Google Books
  4. Stories Told in the Wood (1864)
      Online at Google Books
      UK edition also online at Google Books

Twelve Little Sisters

Frontis + title pg - Agnes's Book
  1. Bertha's Book (1880)
  2. Lucy's Book (1880)
  3. Celia's Book (1880)
  4. Katie's Book (1880)
  5. Helen's Book (1880)
  6. Agnes' Book (1880)
  7. Mary's Book (1880)
  8. Teresa's Book (1880)
  9. Rosie's Book (1880)
  10. Maggie's Book (1880)
  11. Lizzie's Book (1880)
  12. Baby's Book (1880)

Volumes in this series were co-authored by Fanny Barrow and her daughter Sarah, with the authors listed as "Mrs. S. B. Holly [Sarah's married name] and Aunt Fanny." Apparently written after Sarah's conversion, Twelve Little Sisters is one of the few nineteenth-century girls series highlighting the Roman Catholic faith. The publisher, D. & J. Sadlier, specialized in Catholic literature.



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