Little White Barbara

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Little White Barbara by Eleanor S. March was published in 1902.

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This book was originally published as part of a series, "The Dumpy Books for Children." Other titles include Little Yellow Wang-lo and Little Black Sambo.

Little White Barbara

This is Little White Barbara. She was called Little White Barbara because she had such a white face.

Aunt Dosy

She lived with her two aunts, Aunt Dosy and Aunt Posy.

This is Aunt Dosy.

Aunt Posy

This is Aunt Posy.

Aunts Talking

They were very kind to her. All day long they used to talk about what she ought to do to get fat and rosy.

Cod Liver Oil

Every morning Aunt Dosy gave Little White Barbara cod liver oil to make her fat.

Rough Towel

And Aunt Posy rubbed her cheeks with a rough towel to make them red.

By the Fire

If it was raining they made her sit indoors all day by the fire.

Keep Cool

And if it was hot they fanned her all day long to keep her cool.

Paler and Paler

But still she only got paler and paler,

Thinner and Thinner

And thinner and thinner.

Through a Telescope

Until at last she almost faded away, and you could only see her by looking through a telescope.

Aunts Crying

And then Aunt Dosy and Aunt Posy began to cry and say, "Oh, dear, what shall we do!" They cried so hard that their caps fell off, and then they said: "We will send for Dr. Funnyman."

Dr. Funnyman

When Dr. Funnyman came he looked at Little White Barbara through an eye-glass and a magnifying glass and an opera-glass and a telescope, and then he said to Aunt Dosy and Aunt Posy: "You must go to London and buy her some Laughing Medicine. I will send her something to do her good till you come back."

Going to London

So Aunt Dosy and Aunt Posy went to London to buy the Laughing Medicine. And the Doctor sent Barbara--what do you think?--not a bottle of medicine, but

Naughty Boy

His naughty little boy Tommy to play with her. Tommy looked very funny. He had a frog in one pocket and a guinea-pig in the other, and directly Barbara saw him

Face Fatter

She began to laugh. And she laughed and laughed, and all the time

Climbing Tree

And then Tommy showed her how to climb trees, but

Falling Down

She fell down, and then she began to laugh so much that

Getting So Fat

This time she got so fat, all the buttons came off the back of her frock.

Running Races

Then they ran races round the garden till Barbara's cheeks got quite red, and

Playing Leap-Frog

Tommy showed her how to play leap-frog, and she was so hungry at tea-time that

Eating and Drinking

She ate twenty-two pieces of bread-and-butter and seventeen pieces of bread-and-jam, and drank ten cups of milk, and

No Laughing Medicine

When Aunt Dosy and Aunt Posy came back from London,--where they could not find any Laughing Medicine in any of the shops,--

Getting Rosy and Fat

They found Little White Barbara quite rosy and fat, and they were so happy. And she was never called Little White Barbara any more. (End)