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Ann's Amazing Adventure Paperback – 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Self Published (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692006974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692006979
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,950,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 13, 2012
In this delightful tale, we meet an adorable doll named, Ann. Ann is a happy little doll who belong to a lovely girl named, Nancy. In the beginning of the story, Ann tells us about her family and how wonderful they are to her. They are on an adventure as the family is moving. During one of their stops, Ann falls out of the backseat of the car, unnoticed by the family. She is alone and afraid, but she tries to keep a positive attitude. Suddenly another car stops and a little dog jumps out. He runs right over to Ann and picks her up and carries her back to his car, where another little girl is. The little girl wants the doll and after some talk she is allowed to keep it. Now Ann is on another adventure with a new family. Does she find happiness there and what wonderful ending does this story have?

I liked this story. I think all of us at times have thought about the dolls we use to have and wondered what ever happened to them. I know as a child my dolls were just like live people. I would talk to them and dress them up and they were my friends. Just like Ann was to Nancy. I also think we have all wondered if our toys felt sad when we no longer played with them, even though as adults we quickly dismissed the thought, but yet! This little tale addresses these feelings. However, I think what I loved most about it was the ending. It is an ending that brings warmth to your heart and makes you smile. The illustrations are great, colorful and definitely help to bring the story to life. All in all a very nice book with a top-notch ending. Recommended.
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Do you ever wonder what might happen to a favorite toy when it's lost? A little doll named Ann can tell you exactly what happened to her. And, what's even better is, it's based off of a true story. All of the events that took place are very interesting. You the reader, will here first hand, Ann telling her story.

Young readers are introduced to Ann, her home and all the love she feels there. The little girl that loves and treasures Ann is named Nancy. The family knows how much Nancy loves Ann too. When the family decides to move to another city is when the adventure begins. You see, Nancy and her brother were sitting in the back seat and the family stopped for a little break.

"As usual, the family was in a very happy mood. And in spite of the discomfort, I was happy too. There was a feeling of excitement in the car. A new stage of life was about to begin and my family wanted me to be a part of it and that meant more to me than anything in the world. I felt so happy that I even forgot about my twisted leg. When you love and are loved, nothing else matters. I was about to fall asleep when the car stopped at a rest area. The entire family got out. They weren't gone long, but when they returned and the children climbed into the back seat, I accidentally fell out of the car!"

This heartfelt story recounts all of the emotion a child would expect a doll to feel. Ann does not miss a detail involving her adventures in her new home. Children of all ages and their parents too, will love reading about Ann over and over. Young readers will also learn about family, friendship and love.

Brancaccio does a great job of bringing a personal story to life. Children will happily read about Ann and may even experience the emotion presented by Brancaccio. Delightful and brightly colored pictures make this story a fun read. Readers will also enjoy actual photos of Brancaccio's family as well as the true story behind the book.
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Ann's Amazing Adventure is a beautifully illustrated children's book. The illustrator has done a wonderful job bringing the characters to life on the pages of the book.
It is the story of a doll named Ann, and is in fact based on a true event in the author's life that happened about 50 years ago. She lost a doll when moving house and says that she always wondered what happened to the doll and that the idea for this story had been with her for many years. The story behind the story is intriguing in itself and makes the book extra special.
The story is written as though the doll is talking and telling her tale. This, I'm sure, will appeal to young children.

When Ann, the doll in the story, falls out of a car and the family she had been living with drives away to their new home, she fears that she will be alone for ever. She is soon rescued by a pet dog from another family. The new family is very different from the family she knew and loved. The young girl Nancy who had owned her used to let her sleep in her bed, but her new owner has many toys and less time for Ann. The doll is now placed on a shelf with lots of other toys.

Ann sits on the shelf watching her owner grow up over the years, but the underlying message is that she is grateful for a home to live in and the new friends she has made (the little girl's other toys).
When her new owner grows up, all of her toys are bundled up and taken to a flea market to be sold. Ann once again feels alone and unloved as she is taken away from the home she had become accustomed to. However, her life changes when she is reunited with the family who had originally lost her. They are at the flea market and they take her home with them. Nancy now has a young daughter of her own who promptly adopts Ann.
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