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Stories of little girls and their dolls : classics from an age of remembered joy
Carroll, William C., 1945-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Carolyn House : Boyds Mills Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
175 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Stories and poems about dolls, originally published in the late 19th and early 20th century in St. Nicholas magazine.
Added Uniform Title:
St. Nicholas (New York, N.Y.)
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PZ5 .S8844 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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St. Nicholas magazine for children was a familiar sight in American households at the turn-of-the-century. This popular periodical offered children wholesome entertainment in the form of stories, novellas, and poems. Stories about dolls were particular favorites among girls of yesteryear, and this nostalgic collection--the only one of its kind--contains more than one-hundred fifty of them. These charming stories by such classic authors as Frances Hodgson Burnett, Louisa May Alcott, andSarah Orne Jewett speak to us from long ago, when children passed the hours reading on front porch swings or in gaslit parlors. Period illustrations throughout, reproduced from the pages of St. Nicholas, give the book an enchanting, antique look. Here is a book that takes us back to a simpler, more innocent time. It is the perfect gift for doll lovers, young and old.

Author Notes

William C. Carroll has long been an admirer of the literary legacy of St. Nicholas magazine. He is an educational consultant and resides in Denver, Colorado.

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School Library Journal Review

K Up-A collection of more than 60 poems and short stories about girls and their dolls that originally appeared in St. Nicholas magazine between 1873 and 1939. As such, the language and the attitudes are of the times in which they were written. This style makes it difficult to find a target audience for the book. The girls who will be able to read it will no longer be interested in dolls, and those who are interested in them may find it difficult to stick with the flowery language. Although it is not stated, judging by the writing and the illustrations, the selections are arranged chronologically. As readers progress through time, the stories do become more palatable. The one grating element, though, is the continual reference to a young doll owner as "little mother." Most of the stories focus on sharing with those less fortunate than oneself. While this is an interesting book from a historical point of view, children will find Rachel Field's Hitty: Her First Hundred Years (Macmillan, 1969) to be a much more exciting story about a doll. An additional purchase at best.-Yapha Nussbaum Mason, Brentwood Lower School, Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.