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Miss Hickory Paperback – May 26, 1977


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; 1st edition (May 26, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014030956X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140309560
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Children will thoroughly enjoy the inventive details, perfectly proportioned, of Miss Hickory's life in the orchard, and her adventures... They will like her stout apple-wood heart and her brisk practicality, which seems to soften as winter lengthens into spring. The end of her tale... adds a final touch of poetry to an unusual fantasy."
(The New York Times)

"The adventures of a country doll made of an apple-wood twig, with a hickory nut for a head. The story is told with humor and with an appreciation of the countryside and the seasons. Miss Hickory remains at all times exactly what she is, a doll, yet becomes for the reader a very rich and memorable personality."
(Booklist)

About the Author

Carolyn Sherwin Bailey was born in Hoosick Falls, New York and spent her childhood in the little Hudson River town of Lansingburg. She studied at Teachers College, Columbia University and the New York School of Social Work and began writing afterward (an activity which eventually produced thirty-five books).

The author and her husband, Dr. Eben C. Hill, lived for many years on Hill Farm, in Temple, New Hampshire, whose antiques and apple orchard inspired the Newbery Medal-winning book Miss Hickory (1947).

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Customer Reviews

This was one of my favorite books as a child!
Doreen C, NJ
I highly recommend this book to anyone with children.
D. Harris
I can't wait to read it to my Grand Daughter.
Grandma Mary

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
Not many children's books involve a scene in which the title character's head is eaten. But then, not many children's books are "Miss Hickory". The 1947 Newbery winner, "Miss Hickory" belongs strictly to that amazingly popular genre of what-mischief-do-our-dolls-get-up-to-when-we're-not-around books. Only in this case, the doll is not one of your fancy china creations or a Victorian lady but rather a New England creature of humble origins. She has the body of an applewood twig and the head of a hickory nut. And that's just the beginning of the peculiarities found in this (sometimes) little read tale. If you want a Newbery winner that appeals to those kids that like dolls, nature, or a little bit of both then you're in for a surprising treat.

Meet Miss Hickory. A small doll living out her days in a corncob house, she has a happy little existence keeping to herself and not bothering anyone. When her gossipy Crow friend informs her that the family with whom she often spends her winters indoors is leaving the countryside without her, Miss Hickory is loathe to believe it. Further confirmation on the part of the cat Mr. T. Willard-Brown finally forces her to face up to the facts, whereupon she swiftly plunges into a deep pit of woe and self-pity. Fortunately for her, Crow finds Miss Hickory a warm nest of a shelter in which she can live out the cold winter months and because of this she is able to interact sociably with the other animals that live in the area. There's the peacable doe who's mother is killed and who hooks up with a wild heifer. There's a naughty squirrel who keeps eyeing Miss Hickory's noggin as a potential food source... but only jokingly, right?
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn McKenzie on May 15, 2002
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
In this day and age, I find it wonderfully calming to read my daughter books I enjoyed as a child. I purchsed Miss Hickory with that in mind, and we are both savoring the tale.
Miss Hickory is a country doll, made of a hickory nut head with an apple twig body. Unexpectedly, she finds that her mistress and family have left for the winter, leaving her to fend for herself during the cold dark months in New Hampshire. The sweet simplicity of the story allows my 5 year old's imagination to run wild as she pictures Miss Hickory living in a nest and enjoying the company of the crow and the cat that are her friends.
There is a reason this book is still in print after all these years! Treat yourself to some good, old fashioned family reading, and enjoy Miss Hickory!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Harris on July 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
My father read this book to my brother and I as children. I still have fond memories of Miss Hickory as my father created voices for the colorful characters Miss Hickory encounters. I read it today and am immediately transported back to my childhood with a smile on my face. I highly recommend this book to anyone with children. A great bedtime read!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Just another reader on October 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm surprised at the number of people who speak of this book as a delightful fantasy. I read it in the fourth grade many years ago, and I still vividly remember how absolutely terrified I was by Miss Hickory's eventual fate. Miss Hickory's head is eaten by a squirrel. I remember the scene as being very vivid. It literally took me years to get over it. As an adult, I mentioned the book to a friend, and she felt exactly the same way. I read it in the mid-1960s, so this shouldn't be attributed to today's kids being softer, overprotected, etc. I would not give this book to a child.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
I first read Miss Hickory in second grade. It brought tears to my eyes but it also made me smile. Miss Hickory spurred my interest in reading and gave me the curiosity and creativity to create stories of my own. I am sure of it's power to move other children as well.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Plusle on November 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
Most dolls live a comfortable but unadventurous life. This was true of Miss Hickory, a little New England twig doll until the fall day that her owner, Ann, moved from her New Hampshire home to attend school in Boston - leaving poor Miss Hickory behind! For a doll who's body is an apple wood twig and whose head is a hickory nut the prospect of spending the winter alone is frightening indeed...The story has no true plot, but rather moves though the winter and onto the spring through a series of vinegettes, involving Miss Hickory and the problems her (literal!) hardheadedness can get her into, or of the animals of the woods and farmyard. All the stories are told with warm humor and an appreciation of the countryside and the seasons. Miss Hickory and the various animal characters are all appealing characters, and the illustrations are beautiful!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I met Miss Hickory two weeks ago, and every day I think about the lessons that I learned from this book. No one's ever too old (or young) to read this touching story. The ending is surprising!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R, your friendly neighborhood reviewer on November 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
While continuing my mission to read all the Newbery Medal and Honor books, I came across Miss Hickory. Miss Hickory is our main character and, although I couldn't really find her loveable, like I would Little Georgie,(Rabbit Hill) I love the story just as much. I don't want to give a synopsis to the book, because I fear I will make it sound like one of those cutesy "animal" stories. But, truth be told, it is.

Hickory's personality isn't as friendly as a main character's should be. Her demeanor reminded me of Miss Daisy in the popular movie Driving Miss Daisy.

All in all, this book satisfies the reader, but don't believe the reviewers who said it is for K grade children. The grade level is for a child of grade six, or so says a reading program our school uses. The illustrations were drawn by a Caldecott Honor illustrator and are as memorable as the book itself.

R
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