Henry Altemus published a number of juvenile series in which the characters played important roles in WW1. Most of these series were written by H. Irving Hancock – (Boys) and some others by Jessie Graham Flower (pseudonym for Josephine Chase). See http://henryaltemus.com/juveniles/ for more information. The least well known of the juvenile WW1 series is the Children of France Series (http://henryaltemus.com/series/series62.htm). This four book series chronicles the adventures of children and how they helped win the war in France.
This series is not well known like the other juvenile series. It was not advertised with other juvenile series books of the era (1918-1921). Its format is different (smaller books with an appearance more like the Young People’s Library Format 4 books). All in all, Altemus just did not consider this series to be an important one in terms of popularity and thus never really promoted it.
The books come with cover matching dust jackets and have attractive pictorial illustrations on the cover. The earlier books have four glossy color illustrations within the book and the frontispiece generally is the same as the cover paste-on. Some of the later editions only have the one internal picture- the frontispiece. Earlier and later books usually have no internal ads and the ads on the back of the dust jacket are the same juvenile series ads. Thus, trying to determine a first edition is quite impossible.
|1||Little Boy Heroes of France||Royce, Ruth||1921|
|2||Little Daughters of France||Royce, Ruth||1921|
|3||Little Soldiers of France||Royce, Ruth||1921|
|4||Children of France||Royce, Ruth||1918|