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Cornhusk, Silk, and Wishbones : A Book of Dolls From Around the World Hardcover – September 26, 2000


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From Publishers Weekly

Dolls whether made with hollow heads to sneak goods across enemy lines during the Civil War or honored by faithful Balinese to please the goddess Dewi SriAserve as cultural and historical ambassadors in Cornhusk, Silk, and Wishbones: A Book of Dolls from Around the World by Michelle Markel. Illustrated with photos, the A-Z entries run from Akuaba dolls (carried by Ashanti women who need help conceiving) to a Zulu doll (handed by a girl to the boy she hopes to marry). The concept is sound; the design, with its small typeface and staid color accents, looks institutional.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-This attractive alphabet book presents 26 dolls from 5 continents that were created in a variety of time periods, ranging from 1000 B.C.E. to the present. For each letter, the type of doll appears in boldly colored typeface along with a stunning, full-color photograph. The accompanying paragraph includes a description of the figure, discusses its cultural significance, and provides pronunciations for unfamiliar terms. The text is lively and engaging and imparts solid cultural and historical information in a painless manner. A world map and a page about collecting these objects round out the title. This intriguing look at dolls as a reflection of the civilizations that created them is a good complement to more standard pictorial approaches to the topic, such as Caroline Goodfellow's The Ultimate Doll Book (DK, 1993), and an attractive, informational alphabet book.
Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618054871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618054879
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 10.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,470,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michelle is the acclaimed author of nonfiction picture books for children, including THE FANTASTIC JUNGLES OF HENRI ROUSSEAU, which won the 2013 PEN/Steven Kroll award for exceptional picture book writing, and BRAVE GIRL: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909, winner of the 2014 Jane Addams Award for Younger Readers, and the Bank Street College CBC Award for nonfiction. She lives with her family in West Hills, California.

You can find out more about Michelle by visiting her website at www.michellemarkel.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on November 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was really impressed by "Cornhusk, Silk, and Wishbones: A Book of Dolls from Around the World," by Michelle Markel. The author discusses many different types of dolls. Each entry includes a short but informative article and a full-color, richly detailed photograph.
I won't mention all the dolls depicted, but here are some highlights: bread dolls from Ecuador, a 19th century corn husk doll from the United States, a 19th century French Jumeau doll with an elegant outfit and glass eyes, Russian Matryoshkas (nesting dolls), ornately clothed Thai Ramakien dolls, a Mexican nativity set, and much more. A true visual feast.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LAMama on October 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A delightful book on an intriguing subject. Michelle Markel introduces the reader to dolls and doll crafting in an easy understandable manner. This book is interesing to both adults and children alike. Complimented by outstanding photographs and descriptions, this beautiful book should be on every doll lovers shelf!
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Format: Hardcover
Michelle Markel, <strong>Cornhusk, Silk, and Wishbones: A Book of Dolls from Around the World</strong> (Houghton Mifflin, 2000)

Cute alphabet-learning book that takes a different type of doll from a different culture for each letter and gives a picture and brief description of the doll's origins (supposed origins, sometimes, depending on how old the specimen is). I know it's a kind of delicate balance when you're putting out a book for the preschool or young readers set, but I kind of wanted to see a little more of the background and descriptive passages; I think Markel could have gone another paragraph on each without losing her audience entirely. Still, what's here is quite nice, and worth your time both for teaching about alphabet and about various cultures. *** ½
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By Ellen D. Stern on January 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book shows the different types of dolls telling the country they are from and a brief history of each.
I would have preferred a little bit of instruction on how to make some of them.
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