Thursday, August 18, 2022

Fred and Maria and Me


"Fred and Maria and Me" was written in the 1800's by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss.  It is unlike her more famous books (such as, "Stepping Heavenward" and "Aunt Jane's Hero") because it was written, as her husband described, with a sense of playful humor.  She wrote this story in an informal manner, with a regional dialect. It is about elderly, "Aunt Avery" who lives in the country. 

The story shows a clear contrast between Aunt Avery's Old New England thrift, with her nephew's way of excess, wealth, and the burden of debt. The difference in both ways of living is very clear and, at times, humorous. The book includes five original illustrations.

Here is the description:

"Aunt Avery lives in beautiful New England. She considers herself ignorant, but is thrifty and careful.  She gives money to her nephew, then finds herself in difficult circumstances.  She ends up going to visit him and finds, to her surprise, that he is rich!  This is a quaint, inspiring story with entertaining moral lessons."


Today, we present to you a new edition of this book, published by The Legacy of Home Press.  

We've added an inspiring bonus story in the appendix, which was also written by Mrs. Prentiss. It will bring cheer, peace, and encouragement in our walk with the Lord. It is called, "Playing with Sunbeams."

The cover photograph was taken last year by Mrs. White during the splendor of Autumn. It is one of the lakes near her home in Vermont. 




  The book covers, in this series, are intended to show some of the scenery of Vermont. The Prentiss family built a  house in Dorset, Vermont in 1869.  This was where Mrs. Prentiss spent her last 10 summers.

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This book is the fifth in a series of books we are reprinting by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss.  Below you will find a link to both the paperback and hardcover editions of "Fred and Maria and Me."

"Fred and Maria and Me" - The paperback edition.

ISBN:  978-1-956616-12-5

83 pages.

6 x 9


"Fred and Maria and Me" - 
The hardcover edition.

ISBN:  978-1-956616-13-2

83 pages.

6 x 9

If you are able to get a copy of this book and like it, it would be a great help to me if you will write a review on Amazon. Thank you!

Our first book in this series - "Stepping Heavenward."

Our second book in this series - "Aunt Jane's Hero.

Our third book in this series - "The Flower of the Family."

Our fourth book in this series - "The Little Preacher."


 I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I do!



Mrs. White


From the Archives

Peaceful and Frugal Living at our House - Old Time Homemaking

Getting Along - The Secret to a Happy Home.

The Blessing of Taking Care of the Family - A Comforting Sick Room.

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Mrs. Laura Lane said...

How wonderful to bring these books to print again!