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The Very Best Doll Hardcover – October 13, 2003

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PreSchool-The oft-told story of an old beloved doll being temporarily replaced by a new one, only to be missed at bedtime, is recycled here with simple text and large, bright illustrations. Nell, a smiling rag doll, is a little girl's constant companion-until she gets a much fancier, store-bought doll for her birthday, and Nell is forgotten. But at bedtime, something is wrong, and the old toy is rediscovered and cuddled to sleep. The rhythmic writing flows nicely, but is a bit sweet. The overuse of hyphens, as in "A play-in-the-flowers, talk-to-for-hours, dream-with kind of doll," becomes tiresome, especially as the entire text continues in that vein. The illustrations are large, realistic, appealing, and brightly colored, and the attention to detail is lovely, but they, too, verge on being saccharine. Parents nostalgic for their own rag dolls will likely ooh and aah over this one, and libraries with a high demand for new books on dolls might want to consider adding it. Others can pass.
Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition (October 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525470751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525470755
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,582,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 2003
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Did you love a doll until it was worn to a fragrant frazzle? Did you play with dolls at a time when it was still cool to do so? Do you want to enjoy that feeling all over again, or share it with a young doll lover? You'll understand this book, and love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Murphy on April 10, 2007
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I have a five-year old daughter who loves dolls and loves to read. She loves this book! This is a heart warming story for little girls of this age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Joan Dunphy on March 8, 2007
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Lovely way to present the idea that new isn't necessarily better!
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By ian_alexander on March 19, 2010
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I initially picked up this book from the library because it's on display and because I thought it would be a great read for my daughter since she also has two dolls: a small one we bought for her first birthday, and the other more luxurious one when she was around two and half year old. She's so in love with this book that I had to buy a copy for our own. It is such an enchanted story, but real at the same time.
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The Very Best Doll is a lovely book. It brings out the true feelings that a little girl has for her favorite doll. I bought it to give to my grand-daughter. While I was looking at the childrens books available I came across this book and was attracted to it by the artwork on the cover and by the title. I then realized that I graduated from H.S. with Julie Noonan. She was a wonderful artist then and a fabulous artist now!

Susan(Pritchard)Walsh
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