In an old house in the country there's a glass case. Inside the glass case there lives a wax doll, so old and valuable that no one is allowed to touch her. Then one day a child comes into the house and becomes fascinated with the treasure locked inside the glass prison. By the author of "Ruby".
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K-Gr 2--In this not-quite-satisfying picture book, an elderly woman's lovingly displayed doll comes to life in the night, sets off to find and dance with the child who admired her earlier in the day, and returns to her display cabinet happy. The text is arranged as poetry, with rhythms reminiscent of Longfellow's "Hiawatha," a verse form that lapses quickly into singsong when read aloud. The illustrations, created as delicate soft paintings in keeping with the dreamlike quality of the story, unfortunately seem almost blurry and out of focus. So much that might have been explained in the text and/or art is omitted here: Has the doll come to life before? Is there a story behind her unusual dress? Why does she dance with the little girl? What was her life like with the younger great-grandma that she might have longed to do this? Young readers will be better off imagining the secret life of dolls through Pam Conrad's simple The Tub People (HarperCollins, 1989) or Margery Williams's classic, The Velveteen Rabbit.
Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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