The Mary Frances Story Book

Jane Eayre FRYER (1876 - ?)

The Mary Frances Story Book is different from the other Mary Frances Books. They are part lessons and part story; they teach something about cooking and sewing, knitting and crocheting, housekeeping and gardening, and first-aid—and tell a story, too; but The Mary Frances Story Book is all story. On a summer afternoon Mary Frances took a holiday and sailed away across the blue water to an island—an island formed by the top of a coral mountain resting in a sea of blue; oh, so blue—a brighter blue than the water in your mother’s bluing tub—not the blue that makes you feel sad and blue, but the blue that makes you laugh with happiness. The island itself and the roofs of the houses were coral white, and the green was the green of the palm and banana and mahogany tree. The breezes that blew over them were the warm, soft breezes of the southern sun. This island was the “enchanted island” of the good story-tellers which Mary Frances was allowed to visit. The story people who lived there believed in truth and beauty, and courage and kindness, and these were the theme of their stories. Like all good islands, this island had enemies, but they came to a bad end, as, in the long run, all evil persons will; and truth and beauty, and courage and kindness won the day, as they always must in every land where the searchlight of the sun flashes its beams. As may be imagined, when Mary Frances came home she had not only one, but many stories to tell; and they are written in this book. - Summary by From the Preface

Genre(s): Short works

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 THE TRIP TO STORY ISLAND: On the Shore Jennifer Dallman
00:05:24
Play 02 The Good Ferry Puts Out to Sea Jennifer Dallman
00:08:22
Play 03 The Pirate’s Cat Jennifer Dallman
00:04:59
Play 04 The Story of the Lost Story Jennifer Dallman
00:04:41
Play 05 Land Ahoy Jennifer Dallman
00:08:23
Play 06 The Old Witch and the Iron-Chain Curtain Jennifer Dallman
00:03:29
Play 07 Finding the Lost Story Jennifer Dallman
00:06:24
Play 08 The Pirate Chases The Good Ferry Lynne T
00:02:56
Play 09 The Terrible Punishment of the Pirate and the Old Witch Jennifer Dallman
00:05:43
Play 10 The Bubble Story ysevechan
00:07:24
Play 11 STORIES TOLD THE FIRST DAY: Mischievous Anna and Peter Lynda Marie Neilson
00:09:55
Play 12 Diamonds and Toads Ren Sampang
00:08:59
Play 13 The Magic Necklace Emma Charlotte
00:13:05
Play 14 The Cat and the Carrots Emma Charlotte
00:10:34
Play 15 The Brahmin, the Tiger, and the Jackal Lynne T
00:05:45
Play 16 The Red Dragon nighthawks
00:03:54
Play 17 Two Poems Lynne T
00:05:24
Play 18 Tiny’s Adventures in Tinytown nighthawks
00:29:28
Play 19 Tiny Has More Adventures nighthawks
00:25:13
Play 20 STORIES TOLD THE SECOND DAY: The Magic Mask Lynda Marie Neilson
00:13:09
Play 21 The Closing Door nighthawks
00:07:43
Play 22 Tom Goes Down the Well nighthawks
00:17:45
Play 23 Gloomy Gus and the Christmas Cat Jennifer Dallman
00:11:52
Play 24 Patty and Her Pitcher nighthawks
00:35:54
Play 25 THE STORIES OF THE THIRD DAY: Sir Galahad Lynda Marie Neilson
00:22:55
Play 26 Sir Galahad, Continued Lynda Marie Neilson
00:35:24
Play 27 Sir Galahad, concluded Lynda Marie Neilson
00:29:21
Play 28 How Sir Launfal Achieved the Holy Grail Lynda Marie Neilson
00:09:43
Play 29 THE STORIES OF THE FOURTH DAY: Music Bewitched Lynda Marie Neilson
00:17:39
Play 30 Ann Catches a Thief Lynda Marie Neilson
00:17:59
Play 31 John and Margaret Paton Among Savages Lynda Marie Neilson
00:12:55
Play 32 The Strange Guest Lynda Marie Neilson
00:29:03
Play 33 Robert of Sicily Lynda Marie Neilson
00:11:32
Play 34 The Man Without a Country Lynda Marie Neilson
00:22:34
Play 35 Your Flag and My Flag Lynda Marie Neilson
00:07:20
Play 36 THE LAST DAY ON STORY ISLAND: The Cricket on the Hearth, A Fairy Tale of Home: Chirp the First Kathleen Moore
00:24:44
Play 37 Chirp the Second Lynda Marie Neilson
00:48:17
Play 38 Chirp the Third Lynda Marie Neilson
00:41:46
Play 39 THE RETURN HOME: Good-by, Mary Frances. Come Again! Jennifer Dallman
00:06:39