Mary Frances Ames (1853-1929), An ABC for Baby Patriots, 1899. Courtesy Representative Poetry Online.

Mary Francis Leslie Ames (1853-1929) was a Canadian poet who wrote and illustrated children's books.[1]


Born Mary Frances Leslie Miller, she married Ernest Ames, a railway engineer,[1] and authored and illustrated children's books as Ernest Ames or Mrs. Ernest Ames. She wrote An ABC, for Baby Patriots (1899), which was used for teaching children the alphabet,[2] and illustrated The Tremendous Twins; or How the Boers were beaten (1900) and Really and Truly! or, The century for babes, books of verse written by her husband Ernest.[1]

Books by Mrs. Ames are taught as examples of imperialism and colonialism in literature classes,[3] and cited as such elsewhere.[4]


From An ABC, for Baby Patriots, 1899:

A is the Army
    That dies for the Queen;
It's the very best Army
    That ever was seen,

B stands for Battles
    By which England's name
Has for ever been covered
    With glory and fame.[1]


See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ames, Mary Frances Leslie, Representative Poetry Online, University of Toronto. Web, Mar. 22, 2012.
  2. Silver, Lara. "Canada Fit for War: Image and Development of the Canadian Soldier, 1870–1914". British Association for Canadian Studies. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  3. "English 315: Postcolonial Literature and Culture: Indian Writing in English". English and Film Studies. University of Alberta. Retrieved 2008-10-21. Template:Dead link
  4. "Paperback Roundup". The Independent. 6 September 1998. Retrieved 2008-10-21.  Template:Dead link
  5. An ABC, for Baby Patriots, Representative Poetry Online, University of Toronto. Web, June 27, 2013

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