THE FIVE LITTLE STARRS SERIES
By Lillian Elizabeth Roy (1868 - 1932)
The Starr family consists of five children: Babs, age 4; twins Dot and Don, "a few years older"; Lavinia, 11; and Meredith, 13; and the parents, who address each other (nauseatingly) as "Daddum" and "Mumzie." The series essentially follows the travelogue format of Roy's later "Polly Brewster" series, but is clearly aimed at younger readers. The plots themselves are nothing special -- the reader who is familiar with Polly Brewster and Roy's "Little Washingtons" series will find many of the episodes strangely familiar -- and the attitude of patronizing wonder towards the culture of every non-European group the Starr family encounters will make the modern reader cringe. Nevertheless, the descriptions of early 20th century travel and of the various areas are fascinating; Roy's descriptions of the locales and the folklore of the areas the Starr family visits are the best part of the series.
"Oh, Mumzie, look at all the people -- they are almost brown!" cried Don, surprised to find the dock crowded with a motley assemblage of natives, Mongolians, and other foreigners.
-- "Five Little Starrs in Hawaii"
Publishing info incomplete, and not sure of series order.
FIVE LITTLE STARRS -- 1913. A. L. Burt.; Platt & Peck Co.
FIVE LITTLE STARRS ON A CANAL BOAT -- 1913. Platt & Peck Co.
FIVE LITTLE STARRS ON A RANCH -- 1913. A. L. Burt.
FIVE LITTLE STARRS IN AN ISLAND CABIN -- 1914. Platt & Peck Co.; Platt & Nourse Co.; A. L. Burt;
FIVE LITTLE STARRS IN ALASKA -- 1915. The Nourse Co.; A. L. Burt.
FIVE LITTLE STARRS ON A MOTOR TOUR -- 1916. A. L. Burt.
(5) FIVE LITTLE STARRS IN THE CANADIAN FOREST -- 1915. Platt & Peck Co.; A. L. Burt
(8) FIVE LITTLE STARRS IN HAWAII -- "The Five Little Starrs and their parents visit Hawaii, where they take in all the island has to offer, from volcanoes to shark hunts" -- 1919. A.L. Burt; Platt & Nourse Co.
Five Little Starrs in Hawaii